With my last two pregnancies I only let the MW use the doppler once and that was at 11-13 weeks before I could feel movement and before it could be heard with a fetoscope. The doppler was not used again until labor and only 1-3 times then - I birth pretty fast though
So this time I am thinking about not using it at all during pregnancy. It is nice to hear it around 12 weeks so you know everything is ok but I am trying to get more comfortable with the idea of not using it at all.
Keri wife and Mama to Cory 17, Brendan 15, Kerianne 8, Avery 7, Lilia 3
I say I wont use it every pregnancy, but I always seem to revert back to it. My HB midwives always ask before pulling it out, and we always wound up using it. I think my excess belly fat makes it hard to hear with a fetoscope.
How cool! I am like most of you. Doppler at about 12 weeks, just once, and then not again until labor (and maybe not even then). I thought I was unusual. And I always kind of feel like a "difficult patient" but my MW is quite cool about it, and totally willing to use the fetoscope.
I am not even 100% convinced there is any real risk, but I am also not convinced it is 100% safe!
Jean, happy HS mom to Peter (5), Daniel (9) and Lucie (2) and also someone new...