Pregnancy can be time which is fraught with stress and tension for the parents, especially the first time around. Anything which can ease this worrying period is a good thing and this why there has been a rise in the number of people buying a baby Doppler, especially a Sonoline fetal Doppler. A fetal Doppler allows health care professionals and mothers to listen to the sound of the heartbeat and the fetal hiccups and know the fetal heart rate. It is suitable for use at home, clinic or at hospital for pregnant women to self-check for normal heart rate of their unborn baby.
These pocket-sized, battery-operated devices are easy to find for rent or sale online. They usually have a handset with controls, a built-in speaker, and a transducer probe that you cover with ultrasound gel and hold against your lower abdomen. The probe sends out high-frequency sound waves that pass through your skin and tissue and into your baby. When the waves encounter movement, such as your baby's heart beating, they bounce back to the device. The device then translates the movement into sound, which the machine amplifies so you can hear it.
The Sonoline fetal Doppler is a high performance device that comes already fitted with a FHR LCD digital display. This display also comes with three basic display modes, these display are averaged FHR display mode, a manual mode and a real-time FHR display mode. It not only gives the user comfort and a peace of mind, it gives very accurate results. This fetal Doppler is however suitable for use only after about 12 weeks of pregnancy. It has a built in speaker but it is also integrated with a headphone socket and a water resistant 3 MHz probe which ensures that the fetal heartbeat is heard as clearly as possible.
The only problem with using a baby Doppler at home is that you really do need to work hard at picking up the sound of the baby's heartbeat amongst the other sounds. It's easy to pick up the sound of blood flowing through the placenta or your own vessels, for example, and mistake this for a heartbeat. And even if you do find your baby's heartbeat, you're not likely to recognize changes in the rate or rhythm that may indicate a problem. This can sometimes lead to a problem being overlooked and not treated at the right time, leading to further complications for the mother and the baby.
There are other ways to keep tabs on how your baby is doing. Pay attention to your baby's movements, once you can feel them. If you notice a change in your baby's movements, call your doctor or midwife right away. This is often a good way to bond with the baby too. A fetal Doppler can be used as a bit of fun for parents and other children to enjoy listening to the baby, but never miss your regular visits for a proper check up with the doctor.