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Looking to buy or rent doppler...

post #1 of 18
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any recs?  The Sonoline B 3mhz keeps coming up as a reliable/less expensive doppler. The link is not necessarily the best place to purchase...haven't got that far yet.  I really, REALLY want to hear babe's hearbeat semi-regularly until I start feeling movement. Ideally, I'd like to get one with a 3mhz and 2mhz probe options.  3 is for higher strength for 8-10 weeks/early hb detections and 2 is for the rest of pregnancy.  I think I'd have to rent though to afford that?  Please let me know what you use/friends use/have looked at. thanks!

post #2 of 18
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And, please feel free to start another thread on the concerns of any or repeated doppler use. Really, it would be great for the newbies.  Personally, I know all that (only 1 medically  necessary ultrasound out of 4 babes and limited doppler use...with my last we only used a fetoscope during preg and doppler for birth), but loosing babies to miscarriage has really changed things up for me some and the comfort of hearing that hb is such a blessing!!!  I'm really not concerned about limited home use as well as prental checks with the doppler. YMMV.

post #3 of 18
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The cheapest I could find a Sonoline B was for $50 plus $5 shipping (I think!) here, but they are not west coast...

 

http://www.contecmedicalsystems.com/sonoline-handheld-pocket-fetal-doppler-p-174.html

 

I found it for $65/freeshipping from Ca here...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sonoline-B-Fetal-heart-doppler-Backlight-LCD-3mhz-FDA-/320785871262?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab053f19e

 

My bad, but I don't think I want to wait and will spend the extra $10 to get it sooner. I'll run it by dh when he gets home and hopefully order on today!

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 18
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I heard babes's hb!!!!! So amazing...I amm so happy. smile.gif I heard it a few days ago at 9 weeks, 6 days. My Dr's nurse was really surprised at my prenatal appt. yesterday and I felt quite accomplised, lol. They don't even try til a little later in preg. Can't stop smiling when I think about hearing that most lovely sound. smile.gif
post #5 of 18

That's great, Jen! :) I'm still too early to hear a hb with a doppler, but we rented one with my now 2yo and heard the heartbeat right at 10 weeks--I'll never forget that moment!

post #6 of 18
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Heard babe's heartbeat again today! I had trouble finding it because it sounded diff.to me this time, more like a choo choo train than horse galloping, but def. a hb. So happy! I've never made it this far and miscarried, so I'm feeling very hopeful. I'll try to listen once a week only and until movement, but I'm so thankful to have this doppler.


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Originally Posted by MotherBhaer View Post

That's great, Jen! smile.gif I'm still too early to hear a hb with a doppler, but we rented one with my now 2yo and heard the heartbeat right at 10 weeks--I'll never forget that moment!

Awww! Let us know when you hear it this time around!
post #7 of 18
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12 weeks today and nice strong hb! Im so thrilled!!!

post #8 of 18

I just ordered a Sonoline B 3mz from Ebay. I think it was just under $54 with free shipping. I haven't gotten it yet but I'm excited! I had no idea you could get one so inexpensively...I hope it's worth the $. Since they don't sell 'em on Amazon I had no idea where to go for reviews and in the end, I just figured what the heck.

 

Oh, and glad to hear you got a strong HB, Jen! That's awesome!

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by SunnyPerch View Post

I just ordered a Sonoline B 3mz from Ebay. I think it was just under $54 with free shipping. I haven't gotten it yet but I'm excited! I had no idea you could get one so inexpensively...I hope it's worth the $. Since they don't sell 'em on Amazon I had no idea where to go for reviews and in the end, I just figured what th

Oh, and glad to hear you got a strong HB, Jen! That's awesome!


How far along are you Sunny? There are several youtubes and google helped me figure out what I'm doing and feel free to ask us any questions.  I know there are others here with doppler experience.  Also, I use aloe vera gel instead of the special US goop and it works great.  Hope you get to hear your LO's heartbeat soon!  And, thank you! 

 

post #10 of 18

I'm 11 weeks now (gestational). I heard the heartbeat with no problem during an abdominal ultrasound yesterday at my doctor's office, it was very exciting. I like the aloe idea too...that probably smells nice, and well, smell is king these days. :)    I'll be sure to come back here if I have trouble!
 

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Originally Posted by JENinOR View Post


How far along are you Sunny? There are several youtubes and google helped me figure out what I'm doing and feel free to ask us any questions.  I know there are others here with doppler experience.  Also, I use aloe vera gel instead of the special US goop and it works great.  Hope you get to hear your LO's heartbeat soon!  And, thank you! 

 



 

post #11 of 18

My friend just loaned me hers and I managed to find the heartbeat this morning, though I couldn't find it this afternoon. I'm 10 weeks and 2 days and yesterday the dr couldn't find it so I was really happy to hear it. The day before I had had a quick u/s at the hospital (had to go in for fluids) so I wasn't overly anxious when he couldn't find it. I'm going to be very happy if/when I get to feel the baby move.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by zubeldia View Post

My friend just loaned me hers and I managed to find the heartbeat this morning, though I couldn't find it this afternoon. I'm 10 weeks and 2 days and yesterday the dr couldn't find it so I was really happy to hear it. The day before I had had a quick u/s at the hospital (had to go in for fluids) so I wasn't overly anxious when he couldn't find it. I'm going to be very happy if/when I get to feel the baby move.

I'd feel pretty good if I found my baby's hb when the dr. couldn't, lol! How neat you got to see your baby on US.  The last time I saw  baby was around 6 weeks (I think), so there wasn't much to look at.   Really looking forward to seeing babe again.
 

 

post #13 of 18

JeninOr, how wonderful to have reassurance! I have heard my babies' heartbeats once and seen their hbs twice, and I cried from happiness each time. Is it okay to ask here for resources on repeated doppler and/or u/s use? I don't really know where to begin with that. I am very comfortable with the u/s I've had since it's been such a rough road for us (including a suspected ectopic pg). However, I always like to be fully informed.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by gozal View Post

JeninOr, how wonderful to have reassurance! I have heard my babies' heartbeats once and seen their hbs twice, and I cried from happiness each time. Is it okay to ask here for resources on repeated doppler and/or u/s use? I don't really know where to begin with that. I am very comfortable with the u/s I've had since it's been such a rough road for us (including a suspected ectopic pg). However, I always like to be fully informed.



Oh sure! I don't have sources for you, but if I remember right the issues is with the heating of babe's tissue that can happen and how that  might interfere with development, especially in the earlier weeks. 1 minute of doppler exposure is equal to 35 minutes of ultrasound. I have read of too many high risk mamas who have ultrasounds daily or weekly during pregnancy with no ill effect to be too concerned.  I try to listen only once a week (I've heard no more than 1 or 2 times a week from a dr.) and only listen to the hb a short time-maybe 10 seconds.  The sounds of the doppler being used is very load for baby and is like a train coming by for him/her.  But, I'm only going to use the doppler until movement and from what I can gather, babe is not hearing until 18 weeks.  I'm not totally convinced about that, but that is what my research concluded. Anyways, it's a personal choice and you are my hero for looking into it!  I always like a mama who makes an educated decision!  Please feel free to add to this discussion mamas.

post #15 of 18

I tried out my new Sonoline B last night for the first time. i don't think I ever did get the baby's hb though. Any suggestions? I was getting some readings in the 115-125 range, which seemed too high to be my hb but too low for the baby (which was 160 at my ultrasound a few days ago). Confusing!

 

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by SunnyPerch View Post

I tried out my new Sonoline B last night for the first time. i don't think I ever did get the baby's hb though. Any suggestions? I was getting some readings in the 115-125 range, which seemed too high to be my hb but too low for the baby (which was 160 at my ultrasound a few days ago). Confusing!

 


Are you looking  really low, like just above the pubic bone? Using lots of gel? There are major arteries on each side of the pelvis and I like to start on one side and go move slowly to the other starting at the pubic bone.  Then pass the other way a bit higher till I hit the artery again. Repeat if necessary! You can also sort of go under the pubic bone a bit with the wand.  You can also stop frequently and move the wand around as you go like stop and move it east, west, south, etc. Hard to explain. Pic of arteries.

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=ZB5&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1024&bih=434&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=GFvZimRGBfuhbM:&imgrefurl=http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/female-pelvis-vessels-nerves&docid=ldiYvYvkJgehhM&imgurl=http://www.healthline.com/vp/body/graphics/fullsize/female-pelvis-vessels-nerves.jpg&w=542&h=529&ei=6JlnT5vvIc_diAK-m4XrBg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=198&vpy=78&dur=94&hovh=222&hovw=227&tx=120&ty=180&sig=115496946519175660853&page=2&tbnh=121&tbnw=125&start=13&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:13

 

Also, I love this site and it may be helpful: http://www.fetaldopplerfacts.org/facts/dopplers/fetal-heartbeat-doppler-sounds.php

 

When I first started using it, it took several days to find baby, and then every once in a while I couldn't find it off the bat either and had to try again the next day, now I find it right away.  It takes some practice! HTH a little! GL!

 


Edited by JENinOR - 3/19/12 at 2:03pm
post #17 of 18

I've been using it way too much this past 3 days since i found it so I'm going to quit and only check once a week. After consecutive missed miscarriages, though, it is hard not to need constant reassurance.

 

I have the best luck first thing on an empty stomach. I know that is contrary to what is recommended (full bladder) but it seems to help me. Mind you I have a pretty tilted uterus so I wonder if that has something to do with it. The HB has been in the 170s, mostly.

 

I go in for an OB appointment tomorrow and I'll be curious if they can find the h/b this time! Weirdly, I think they were trying too low. I have had better luck trying a little bit higher and to the right.

post #18 of 18

JenInOR, thanks so much for the info! I really should start a thread...maybe when I am feeling a little less icky all the time!

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