In today’s world there is hardly a need that cannot be met. Years ago in the days of our mothers and grandmothers, pregnancy held many mysteries. Not so in this age of technology. When our foremothers had to wait months to hear the precious sound of their gestating baby’s heartbeat, mothers of this new era only have to wait a few short weeks before that beautiful sound is music to their ears. Thanks to the invention of a fetal doppler or baby heartbeat monitor. There was a time when a fetal doppler was only used by the hands of a doctor. Now, not only are nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, certified professional midwives using fetal dopplers, but expectant mothers are too.
 
Most expectant mothers are eager to use their new pregnancy tool, but may have some reluctance in doing so. This article will help relieve any of that so that you can find much joy in listening to your baby’s heartbeat. Using a fetal doppler is very simple and easy to use.
 
To use your fetal doppler you will have to move your shirt up, exposing your belly. Depending upon the position of your baby, you may even have to lower your pants a bit so you can have access to your lower abdomen in case baby’s heartbeat is detected low.
 
Next you will need to smear some of the gel, which should have been included with your fetal doppler, onto your belly. A little bit should be put on the end of your doppler probe too. This will help move the probe and pick up the sound waves better. Don’t be afraid to add more gel as you find the need.
 
Turn your fetal doppler on. See your doppler instructions, if need be. Place probe on your belly, starting at your belly button. Then slowly move probe around, including your lower abs. Baby’s heartbeat will have swish-swish sound to it, unlike your own that is more like a throb or thump-thump. Also, your baby’s heart rate will be much faster than your own – between 120-180 beats per minute.
 
Depending upon the model of your fetal doppler, you will hear and/or see the heartbeat on the display screen of your doppler.
 
It may take a few minutes to find your baby’s heartbeat, just take your time and you will eventually find it. Enjoy the peace it brings you!



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