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October 31st, 2012, 02:16 PM
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So after seeing the doppler discussion yesterday i decided to order one. Then somehow afterward ended up reading about the safety of them. I then found all kinds of articles about how dopplers and ultrasounds may not be safe because of the high frequency of sound that it sends to the baby, and how it can affect brain development, etc. now i am a little scared to use the doppler i ordered, and a little worried about having too many ultrasounds. Have any of you heard anything about this and maybe talked to your Dr about it already?
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October 31st, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I have heard about it but havn't read any concrete absolute proof. The length of time doing an US isn't very long. I think everything in moderation but that is just a choice you have to make if you want to take the risk. I personally wouldn't want to sit there for long periods of time every single day listening for a heartbeat, but maybe once a week or every other week would calm your fears.
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October 31st, 2012, 03:08 PM
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I agree with Lindsey, I think everything in moderation. I've never actually done the research on it, but I'd be interested to see how concrete the evidence is, and the ratio of babies actually affected.

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October 31st, 2012, 03:13 PM
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I don't think the research is concrete either, but it is a risk. I personally don't see the need for early ultrasounds unless there's something wrong so we opt out of all but the 20 weeks anatomy scan. I also think if I had my own Doppler I'd use it obsessively and create unnecessary stress, so I wouldn't want one. I prefer to trust that my body knows what it's doing. To each their own, though, I doubt any real harm will come to your baby from a couple extra uses of the Doppler.

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October 31st, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Well, I thought I would just put my two cents in

With my first pregnancy, I was in the hospital on bedrest for 6 weeks... during which they came in and used the doppler to find the twins heartbeat 2x a day. And there wasn't any worry.... sooo.. unless you plan on using that doppler obsessively in your pregnancy, I wouldnt worry so much.

The ultrasound is a little different... I did not get an ultrasound everyday. And they absolutely would not have done that everyday because there is no point to risking the baby.. they did however do it every couple of days. And with my DS they had to check things once a week. But again, they only do this if there is a NEED.. they wont risk the baby if there isnt any benefit by doing so.

I guess what I am trying to get at is I wouldn't worry about the doppler at all, honestly. If you have questions or concerns just ask your doctor! And as far as ultrasounds go, I will let my doctor do them when they feel necessary because I trust that they believe there is a benefit to checking
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October 31st, 2012, 04:15 PM
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You're right. I think i will just try not to go crazy with the doppler. I will probably stop using it once I can feel movement anyway.
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October 31st, 2012, 10:00 PM
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I used my Doppler everyday with my first dd pretty much my whole pregnancy. I was obsessed with the sound of her heart. With my second dd we had ultrasounds every two weeks for the least four months because she had a two vessel umbilical cord and they were monitoring her very close and there were no problems that resulted from either situations. I think as long as you don't use it excessively your just fine.
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November 1st, 2012, 10:04 AM
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I dont really worry to much. I know ds hated the doppler though. When i used it he would kick and move lol. I figure if my doctor doesnt have an issue with ultrasounds im not going to worry.
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November 1st, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Oh yea ds always kicked the doppler too I felt him moving right away at 12 weeks. I liked having the doppler towards the end too during his sleepy days. I was a very nervous mommy to be and did my research before buying a doppler

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November 1st, 2012, 02:02 PM
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I'll be getting an u/s every 3 weeks to check growth, then will be getting them bi weekly for biophysical profiles and NST's. With my last baby, I had a doppler too that I used almost every day until I could feel her move. My dd is extremely bright. My dh says she is going to be the smartest of all our kids, lol. I'm not worried and will probably be getting a doppler again in a few weeks.
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