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    The reasons listed in the article are why I am unsure about getting one, I do worry about the false reassurance or the extra anxiety it may cause if I can't find the heartbeat. I will definitely be paying close attention to my baby's movements throughout this pregnancy.

    But, for those of us that have suffered a stillbirth, a Doppler is a way to ease our very often 'unreasonable' anxiety. Everyone needs to do what they feel is best for themselves.

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    I had one. A cheapie off ebay that I borrowed from a friend. It was great. I didn't start using it til I was about 20 weeks though. I could always find the heartbeat. It was fun! Even had a few friends and family members listen.
    Perfectly safe. .. I wasn't overboard about using it. It didn't increase my anxiety or decrease it. .. was just an added bonus! And my baby was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 18 weeks. .. so I could've been crazy with it. I just enjoyed hearing her heartbeat.

    Not wanting to start a debate or anything. .. but the op only asked about reviews etc. .. not advice on whether she should use one or not. I find it frustrating when people start being negative about them. I think most women can use them sensibly and not get too anxious about it.
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    I did use one from 12 weeks and used it all the time. I thought I knew what I was listening to but honestly most of the time I was wrong. I stopped at about 16 weeks when I thought I could feel little flutters because I felt she was fine. Now I get excited to hear it at my appointments because I know I'm actually listening to the heart beat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirst33 View Post
    The reasons listed in the article are why I am unsure about getting one, I do worry about the false reassurance or the extra anxiety it may cause if I can't find the heartbeat. I will definitely be paying close attention to my baby's movements throughout this pregnancy.

    But, for those of us that have suffered a stillbirth, a Doppler is a way to ease our very often 'unreasonable' anxiety. Everyone needs to do what they feel is best for themselves.

    I have found for some women Kirst33 that it's the complete opposite. In my experience, families who have suffered a pregnancy loss (particularly those from around 16 weeks onward where they have felt fetal movements) are very anxious for sure and many are quick to assume that something that is very normal is wrong. All I suggest is if you have a doppler, don't use it as the only tool to give you reassurance. Use it in conjunction with baby movements etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theoneandonlyem View Post
    I have found for some women Kirst33 that it's the complete opposite. In my experience, families who have suffered a pregnancy loss (particularly those from around 16 weeks onward where they have felt fetal movements) are very anxious for sure and many are quick to assume that something that is very normal is wrong. All I suggest is if you have a doppler, don't use it as the only tool to give you reassurance. Use it in conjunction with baby movements etc.
    I understand that a Doppler can cause anxiety, I'm not really sure what you're getting at as I agreed about fetal movements?? I don't really understand your statement at all. I was agreeing with the article but understanding why many couples feel they need one and that we all need to do what we feel is best for ourselves.

    This isn't really a debating issue. Let's move on so that OP can get some recommendations.

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    I have a Doppler. I don't use it often but I am glad I have it.

    If bub is being unusually quiet I will have a listen and that's usually enough to get me through an hour of trying to get him to perk up, before I call the midwives.

    It was great before he was moving too..

    I've had no trouble finding him and I have an anterior placenta, but he does seem to favour the same spot so he's quite predictable.

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    My DD was an octopus inside and I always felt movement...then when preg with #2 I'd go days without feeling anything.
    I enquired about getting a Doppler during an appt but was advised that as my placenta was infront I'd more than likely find that over bubs heartbeat.
    I guess it's up to you.
    I think they are a great tool for peace of mind - just couldn't trust myself to get it right.

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    Rented one for a month from sweet beats for $30. Was fun to use early on in pregnancy. Dont really need to buy one cos towards the end of pregnancy you have so many appts and they check everytime anyway. Its good early on when you havent felt movement yet

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    First of all I'm very sorry for your loss. Pregnancy after loss is such a scary ride. I used a Doppler with ds from about 11 weeks until I felt him move regularly at 20 and then I sent it back. I hired mine from sweet beats. I found it very reassuring and the reality is that most of the time between 12 and viability there isn't much that the medical world can do so listening to that heart beat kept me sane. Once he was moving regularly I relied on movement and luckily my son was very active. When I was pregnant everyone got annoyed I was using it - ob, midwives, sonographer who kept saying it wasn't a reliable way to indicate that everything is ok but after going for two 13 week ultrasounds and discovering I'd had missed miscarriages it kept me sane. I don't see it as a diagnostic tool but it was extremely good for my mental health. It was the same with my bp monitor, everyone gave me a hard time but I found it reassuring and was able to tell my ob when my bp started to rise at the end of my pregnancy and then he induced me. You do what ever you need to to get through this pregnancy, most people don't understand the anxiety and how long 9 months becomes. Xxx

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