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#1 of 7 Old 01-02-2014, 05:14 AM - Thread Starter
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I am looking for suggestions for supplies and equipment suited to self-prenatal care.  I am currently seeing a CPM, but I would like to be more involved and aware in my care this time around.


I have just ordered this urine test strip kit and this blood pressure monitor, which claims to be "automatic" so I assume no particular skill is required to operate it.  I would like to order a fetoscope as well. 


Not being experienced, I am not sure of  which specific products work best nor which ones a lay person might have a better chance of using properly.  This fetoscope I found has reviews that mention the ear buds need to be replaced for better listening and/or comfort, so I've decided to seek advice before ordering. 

I welcome any feedback on the items I have ordered and suggestions for additional supplies I have not yet considered.  TIA!

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Sorry, I have no answers for you but hopefully BUMPING this up will get you some. 

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Sorry, I have no suggestions. Besides trying to eat well and drinking my raspberry leaf tea I didn't really do any prenatal care myself. I did however go to a birth clinic for the first half of pregnancy which helped me feel better knowing all looked good in there. Hopefully some of the other ladies have suggestions and have used some of that stuff though. Good luck to you! :-)
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Something to check fundal height. I used my measure from my sewing kit.
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I got a fetoscope from amazon for $15, it has the head rest piece attached to the scope and works great. I just use it as a handle. I think those four basic things are what you need; blood pressure cuff, fetoscope, urine strips, tape measurer.
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I was looking at the strips you are ordering - it looks like they are for liver/kidney infection type detection.  Am I wrong in thinking the test strips usually used in the doctor's office during prenatal visits also tested for protein in the urine?  I, myself, am wondering what type of strips I should buy and from where so I'm just curious about all this.  


Edit:  Hmm... I looked again and it does look like those do test for protein. 

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There are different kinds of test strips. I got the ones from the below listing. They test for Glucose, Protein, pH, Blood, and Ketone.

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