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I have been very apprehensive at the thought of using a home doppler because I was so scared that I wouldn't be able to find the heartbeat and that it would stress me out. Well, a friend has one that she is letting us use and we were just messing around with it. We finally found what I think was the baby but the heart rate kept fluctuating between 104 and 140. I am freaked out because 104 is way to low, right? Is the rate fluctuation normal. Should I be nervous or am I overreacting? I am starting to think my first impression of the dopplers was correct and that maybe it isn't going to give me the calm reassurance that I was hoping for. Thoughts? Thanks!
 

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I would say likely the 104 is either picking up your heartrate and not dropping enough to give you a correct reading... or is just not catching all the beats.<br><br>
Using a doppler yourself you have to understand it is just a machine... it cannot always tell the difference between a heartbeat and a stomach gurgle... or the difference between your heartbeat and babys... or even realize that it is not catching every heartbeat.<br><br>
Dont worry about the rate. The fact that you found the heartbeat is all you need.
 

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Baby's heart rate is slightly variable. My guess is like Mae's, you found yours. The baby's heartbeat will sound quite a bit different than yours, too... I know I can tell when I've found my own because I can actually feel/hear my pulse going at the same time.
 

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I don't bother looking at the heart rate the the doppler tells me. It fluctuates a lot and sometimes doesn't seem to be registering the heartbeat that I'm hearing. When I want to know the heart rate, I just count the beats I hear in 15 seconds and multiply by 4. It's normal for it to fluctuate some but if you're concerned about it fluctuating a lot, just count it yourself a few times and see what you get. I bet the baby is just fine!
 

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Thanks ladies!<br><br>
I tried again the next day and couldn't find it (freak out!) then called dh in and the little one decided to make an apprearance - I guess this baby is daddy's little one already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. It was definetly baby and the rate stayed the same (around 150). But, I am going to take everyone's advice and not watch and just listen.
 
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