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So far, at 25 weeks tomorrow, I've only been weighing myself occasionally, taking blood pressure a couple of times at the store, and measuring fundal height. I have a stethoscope but can't hear anything with it. I definitely want to get a fetoscope.<br><br>
Here's some things that I've heard others use:<br>
urine dip strips<br>
doppler<br>
home blood pressure monitor<br>
herbals<br><br>
How much did all of you spend on these things? What are people's thoughts on whether these are necessary or not? Also, how do people test iron levels?<br><br>
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There's a sticky at the top of this forum for Self-care resources and it's excellent!<br><br>
I paid about $30 for my BP cuff, and next to nothing for my steth- and fetoscopes. (about $5 and $7)<br><br>
Dopplers are about $400-500 and not worth it. It's easy enough to use the fetoscope once you get the hang of it -- for me, after I found it a few times, I didn't even need to count anymore....you learn the rhythm. If the rhythm sounds off, then count just to make sure.<br><br>
Hemoglobin kits can be found at Walgreens for around $25. It comes with three lancets so you know you'll at least get three uses out of it right off the bat. Then, I guess you could either buy more lancets, or, er, uh, yea, I'd get the lancets. ( I was thinking pins or needles or having the kit always at the ready in case of a kitchen accident! Yikes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br>
I just didn't get mine yet because I didn't see the need. I'll buy one closer to my "ready" time. In the meantime, I just make sure I eat what's right so I won't give myself any reason to doubt my iron levels are good.<br><br>
As for herbs, I haven't got those yet but I plan on getting some of the comfrey so I'll have a comfy crotch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> and some of the recommended herbs to reduce bleeding afterwards.<br><br>
BTW, the drug stores do sell cuffs, but the site listed in the Self-Care thread had them MUCH cheaper. Especially if, like me, you want a digital one. I got the digital readout, but manual pump.
 

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had all my stuff already--<br><br>
but what I would say is if you want a doppler- buy one off ebay- or rent one-there are often new dopplers for sale there and usually cheaper than you can get one from supply houses.
 

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I spent $14 on urine strips and I think $15 a month for the doppler. (peace of mind, I only used it like 3 times)<br><br><br>
also about $30 on prenatal vits. during a BOGO sale (I had gotten a deal and they last the whole pg)<br><br>
I didn't do much in way of herbs during my UP. the occasional mint or RRL tea.<br><br>
my mom bought me a blood pressure cuff so that was free.
 

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Thanks everyone! I guess it isn't too bad when I add it all up...might as well get to ordering things!
 

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You can get a doppler for far less than $400-500! I got mine for $125 on ebay - it even has a read out. I'm using it for my second pregnancy, so it was a good deal. (I can't hear well with a fetoscope - belly fat? I don't know.) Test strips - I got from inhishands - using those for a second pregnancy. Digital BP cuff from wal-mart, pretty cheap - using for a second pregnancy. I don't think anything is "neccesary", but I like to check these things.<br><br>
Only thing I've bought this time around new is some homeopathic Sepia from the grocery - $9, and a new tape measure - $1.50.
 

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Here's the fetoscope I used: <a href="http://www.allheart.com/om13fetal.html" target="_blank">http://www.allheart.com/om13fetal.html</a><br><br>
Just FYI, if you have ultrasound concerns you should know that dopplers use even higher frequency soundwaves. I regret the doppler use with my second-born (the only one to have it) more than I do the ultrasound use with my first-born.<br><br>
There's some controversy over the usefulness of the urine strips. There is some official organization -- urgh, can't remember, maybe someone can help me with this -- that has recently said that it's not useful as a standard of care. There are more thoughts in this thread, with a link to a though-provoking blog post about it from a midwife: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=642083" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=642083</a>
 

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I spent hardly anything. I got a fetoscope for $12 on Ebay. I got a birth pool, a big one, at Toys R Us for $25. I had some old towels, a bulb syringe. That's about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It's going OT, but people always think of the test strips as being for sugar and protein, but I actually find this most helpful in monitoring for UTIs. UTIs can cause preterm labor, and I have gotten one every pregnancy. I try to head them off early, by keeping an eye on my urine. I tend to think I would feel symptoms of GD or PE and don't rely on the test strips for that.<br><br>
As for doppler use, you do have to evaluate the risk benefits ratio for yourself. I do not personally feel it is safe to be using it every night to listen to the baby the way some women do and some rental places seem to advocate.
 
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