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ChristyHailey August 2nd, 2013 09:29 PM

Doppler?
 
Have you heard if using the Doppler too much could be harmful? My youngest told my OB last week I had one and he said only use it every couple of weeks. I love checking on the baby as it gives me comfort. Do any of ya'll worry about using the Doppler to much? Dh keeps telling me to just leave the baby alone.

KAB August 2nd, 2013 11:16 PM

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I'm not worried about it, I only check about once a week with it, and only for a few minutes. I would lose my mind if I didn't have that reassurance in between appointments. I used it with my DD also, she's perfectly fine.

10x_A_Mommy August 3rd, 2013 04:28 AM

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I got one yesterday because of the bleeding issues and sure, anything in excess can be no good but the way I look at it, the stress from me wondering if my baby is still alive is far more harmful not only to the baby but myself and the rest of my family than is using the doppler every other day or so.

melaniek85 August 3rd, 2013 07:00 AM

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When I researched I've heard some say it can be harmful and I've others say its not. I use mine a few times a week. With my son, I checked everyday for weeks and he had no issues. This time I'm not using it no where near as often as I did with him.

ChristyHailey August 3rd, 2013 07:59 PM

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The reason it had me concerned is.....I used the dopplers with my dd's. Yes I thought everything was fine but my oldest is ADHD/dyslexic and I wonder if I did that to her with the doppler now. I know it could have been anything as I was pretty sick and on lots of meds with her. I have lots of guilt and I just don't want to hurt this baby.

AviatrixMorgan August 4th, 2013 12:25 PM

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Christy, I highly doubt Hailey's ADHD/dyslexia are due to doppler use. My oldest is ADHD/OCD and I only used a doppler a few times with him (had just rented it for a month).

I wouldn't overuse it, but here and there I'm sure is fine. I only use it up until I can feel movement on a regular basis then it gets put away.

smsturner August 4th, 2013 06:40 PM

I have adhd. So do my kids. None of us had dopplers used except the couple times at the Drs office.

Moms are great at self blame. Me included. Don't do that to yourself. I'm sure it's not connected.

ChristyHailey August 4th, 2013 08:18 PM

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Thanks guys. I know there is nothing I could not have done but I still blame myself. I think that's just part of being a mother.

melissalaw August 5th, 2013 07:51 AM

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It's easy to blame ourselves for problems with our kids. But like the ladies said above the doppler did not cause the ADHD. I used one with my last child and he's fine. I think as long as you don't use it to excess everything should be just fine.

lilflower August 5th, 2013 11:24 AM

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I'd only use it rarely, they aren't proven 100% safe. I'm a firm believer in being your own advocate, but if your OB expressed concern over you using it you might want to heed the warning.

Fetal Doppler Safety - Fetal Doppler Facts.org


And I understand the "but we turned out fine" thought process, but there was a "safe" medicine that women were given that turned out 40 years later to cause cancer, infertility, along with other problems. We don't have any way to know what the real long term effects are.

Mrs. Harris August 10th, 2013 02:54 AM

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There are some theories and research coming out that says too much ultrasound exposure can potentially be harmful. Like Lilflower said, it has not been proven safe. Dopplers use ultrasound too.

Just think about how much ultrasound exposure most babies get- the standard scans, the 3D/4D scans, doppler at every appointment, doppler at home, EFM throughout labor...
Is it too much? Is it really safe? We don't know for sure.

I'm not saying don't get ultrasounds and don't use dopplers. I'm just saying we need more research. We need to be judicious with the use of this technology.

I feel like my son had too much unnecessary exposure. This time we are mostly avoiding it. Planning on just 2 ultrasounds and no dopplers. My midwife will listen with a fetoscope after 18-20 weeks :)

ChristyHailey August 10th, 2013 06:16 AM

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I am trying to only use it now when I am concerned if the baby is fine. Then when I find the heartbeat I quickly turn it off. I know that my dd's problems are proabaly not caused by the doppler but I am going to just be careful this time.

amazing_love August 10th, 2013 03:55 PM

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Wow I have never heard this! I'm glad you posted about it because i'm very careful about not getting unnecessary u/s for this reason but i have a doppler and never gave it a second thought. I rarely used it during my last pregnancy and have only tried a couple of times with this pregnancy so i assume its ok.

I'm sure you are not at all to blame for your daughter's ADHD. We always want to find reason for those things but IMO they are out of our control.

ChristyHailey August 10th, 2013 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by amazing_love (Post 27578105)
Wow I have never heard this! I'm glad you posted about it because i'm very careful about not getting unnecessary u/s for this reason but i have a doppler and never gave it a second thought. I rarely used it during my last pregnancy and have only tried a couple of times with this pregnancy so i assume its ok.

I'm sure you are not at all to blame for your daughter's ADHD. We always want to find reason for those things but IMO they are out of our control.

Another interesting thing about this topic is one of dh friends who is a radiologist and his wife is pregnant. Whenever they are concerned about the baby they just do a sono and never use the doppler. I am curious to know why they would rather do a sono than a doppler. Makes me really worry about the dopplers though.


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