Can't sleep so I'm up wandering the net.
A friend is continuously sending me links to various pregnancy related topics. One I read today was about ultrasound safety. What surprised me was the controversy over Doppler use. Some say it's worse than the imaging U/S which I thought was the complete opposite. My midwife said the Doppler does expose the baby to ultrasound, but it's a lower intensity and a much shorter duration than an U/S. I read some things that said the opposite because "they" say the Doppler is a continuous streaming versus pulsed and it's more focused.
I was opting out of traditional U/S since there's no reason to suspect something is up. My midwife only recommends them if there is a reason. I'm cool with that. She uses the Doppler for a bit and then switches to the fetascope. I heard the baby's heart beat at 11 wks. I would say the whole thing was less than 5 minutes tops.
I can't go back in time and undo it...and boy did I love hearing that heartbeat, but now I need more information to decide whether to hear it on Friday. On one hand, I've been worried (for no real reason) that something is up so hearing it would be reassuring. On the other hand, if it's going to expose the baby to things I shouldn't, I want to skip it.
Anyone have any reliable information to share?