i own a doppler, as i am a student mw, but i have not used it yet on anyone so far, and i do not plan to use it on myself. it is for extreme emergencies and circumstances. otherwise, i use a fetoscope. they work great, i have never had an issue using a fetoscope, even with fluffy mamas.
eta: i have had 3 losses myself, and i totally understand the uneasiness and worrying that goes along with every pregnancy until movement is felt.
However, this time I have contemplated borrowing a doppler from a friend or buying one. I don't know if I will, but we lost the last pregnancy and I'm really anxious to get a heartbeat. I just don't want to overuse it and if it's sitting on the dresser, it might be too tempting...
here are some articles about doppler/ultrasound, with studies. the first two i feel are probably the most comprehensive and have the most studies linked.
I didn't read all of these, but the first two, well, more like skimmed for now, I will go back and look at them again...anyway, I think it is very interesting reading.
I do have a doppler, although I would probably never buy or rent one. My friend had one and gave it to me. I will use it when I feel the need to feel more secure because after my losses I am SUPER nervous. I have had two U/S's. Honestly I understand the risks, but I think the amount of stress I would be putting myself under at this point would be more harmful than the few minutes w/ the u/s. I feel much better now and am content to go for much longer without any type of monitoring. I am not sure, but I think I may be getting one more (last one till 20 wk mark) on my first appt.
I think the issue with heat is very interesting. I am a student and I do glass blowing, but my dr said as long as my temp doesn't rise I will be okay, I still stand as far away as possible from the furnace and turn my body away from it. I look like an idiot, but I really don't get hot, not even hot enough to sweat. I am fluffy, so I'm not too concerned and my semester ends in a couple of weeks, before I am very big. I can't imagine jumping in a hot tub though. Until reading this article I had no idea that U/S's gave off heat.
Artist, teacher, wife and mommy to DSS, DD1, DD2 and surprise baby girl on the way, 7/12!
I guess I was most careful and nervous with my first pregnancy and never would have dared take any chances, but this is my fifth and *darnit* I would love to hear my babe's little racing heartbeat every few days or so!!
I've heard of women undergoing chemo therapy while pregnant. Women in extremely hot climates are also having babies routinely. Tell them not to overheat. And heck, we're all having our babies in the summer. ALL of our body temps are going to go up by the time we're ready to pop LOL.
I think if you sit there all day every day with the doppler on your belly and then there's trouble with the fetus you can begin to worry. But that's not how they're meant to be used. A minute or two here and there has never been proven to cause any problems, at least none that I've heard of.
I understand people's nervousness, but I think dopplers and other technology that helps us during pregnancy and birth is a miracle. But that's just my opinion.
I guess you just have to try to make an informed decision and go with your gut at the same time.
P.S. I LOVE Pugs
Personally I will not be buying or renting one. This is my second pregnancy and I am not overly concerened about the "exposre" from minimual use (recieved at doc. visit).
I do know myself though and I know that I would get stressed, use it, then get more stressed cause I didn't find the hearbeat right off or because it was higher/lower then the time before I did it. I don't think by having a doppler it will prevent anything from happening it would just let you hear or not hear a heartbeat, which if you have a valid reason to be concerend you would still have to go into the doc.....catch 22.
Mumma to DS July 2010 and expecting another baby boy late July 2012
(I am saying these things without having read Scarlet's links, but I'm going to!)
Dana- wife to wonderful DH, and a non vaxed happy heathly 2 yr old!
Cindy, joyful SAH mama to William & Katherine Forever missing Amelia 7-12-09 Ask me about my natural cesarean!