It wasn’t so long ago that in order to hear the heartbeat of your unborn baby you had to wait for an appointment at the hospital that coincided with a trimester. Thankfully all that has changed now as you can buy or rent your very own baby heart rate monitor.

The benefits are obvious, and can relieve a lot of stress and anguish during the early stages of pregnancy for both mother and father. Usually by week 12 of pregnancy the fetus should of developed enough for you to be able to trace a heartbeat.

This is a very exiting time for expectant parents and now can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, time-and-time again.

There are a few different types of heart rate monitors, and knowing what to look for can be a little daunting. Thankfully however a Doppler heart rate monitor is widely considered to offer the best results.

The monitor will come with a probe that is attached to the main unit. To trace the heart beat all you need to do is rub some gel onto the end of the probe and some over your tummy. Then, move the probe all over your tummy and around your abdomen until you hear the unmistakable nose of your unborn baby’s heartbeat…

It truly is an amazing experience, and just in case you don’t know what to listen for, it sounds like a fast ‘swoosh-swoosh’ sort of noise. Don’t worry if the heartbeat is racing, that’s normal, and can beat between 120-180 times a minute. However, If you are concerned at all you should seek medical advice.

The better baby heart rate monitors come equipped with an LCD screen so you can clearly see the actual beats per minute. Also, it’s recommend to choose a model that can output the sound directly, so family and close friends can enjoy the experience too. Of course you should also opt for one that comes with a pair of headphones so you can privately listen anytime day or night.

Some of the newer models even have the ability of recording the baby’s heartbeat. You can then synch-up the unit to a computer and download the recording straight to your hard drive. We believe this to be a priceless addition and well worth the extra investment.

So there you have it. There are countless gizmos and pregnancy related products that quite honestly are just a waste of time. However, when something like this comes along that offers real benefit and gives reassurance that your unborn baby is developing, we think every pregnant women should own one.

Source by Babies & Kiddos