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Doppler

Hey Ladies,  
   does anyone know anything about home dopplers? i bought one after my doctor couldnt pick up a heart beat last week.. a little paranoid ya think.. anyways  ive been trying to find it myself.. and mostly i find mine.. but my doppler will go to 160bpm for a few seconds then down to about 80bpm. then back up then back down, do u think i could be picking up babies a bit? or is that what a doppler usually does.
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1145691_tn?1291481938
I haven't used one before, but wondering if maybe your picking up your picking up your own heartbeat at times.
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1128483_tn?1277343886
doppler's aren't that accurate until the baby is larger, usually about the time you start to feel the baby move around.  Your only 11 weeks, most don't hear the heartbeat until 13-14 weeks.
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187316_tn?1386360282
Its your own. Its because you moved the doppler and it picked up the friction. If it was the baby it would stay.
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1177609_tn?1294076777
I've heard that you can pick up the HB as early as 9 weeks with some of the better dopplers. I was planning on picking one up after the doc finds a HB. Of course... with my first, they had trouble finding it (HB) a lot. That was over 13 years ago though and technology has come a loooong way since then)

Did you have an U/S yet? I would think that they would go that route if they couldn't get it with the Doppler.
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1149221_tn?1304831566
I just bought a home doppler. It was a more expensive one, but not quite the strength of the OB's. I have successfully found the heartbeat twice now. The first time was 10 weeks and I have a tilted uterus. I have to wait until my bladder feels like it's going to bust and then search a little higher than I thought. My OB hasn't been able to find it in the office yet, but I have at home (haha I'm smarter than the doctor! ;)

A lot of people make the mistake of going too far to the side, pushing too hard, and searching WAY too low. I actually found the heartbeat when I wasn't expecting to.

I suggest starting right in the middle a few inches up from your pubic bone and just lightly press the doppler on there. Once you find what you think is baby check your own heart beat to make sure it isn't yours and VUA LA!

You should be able to find the heartbeat by 11 weeks unless you are overweight (sorry) or have a severely tilted uterus (which isn't dangerous so don't worry).
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187316_tn?1386360282
I'm just barely 11 weeks and I've been able to hear the heart rate for the last couple of days. It is usually just above the public bone. I have to press a little harder to hear it with mine but I can tell its the baby because my heart rate only comes up in the 80's and the baby comes up as about 165.
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933846_tn?1353456048
I have an older thingy lol but I just need batteries to make sure it still works. I didnt use it until I was like past 16 weeks but that was 5 years ago. When I went to the drs on last thursday and I was 10wks and maybe 5 days and she found the heartbeat without a problem and believe me I'm overweight. I never thought of finding it this early so I'll check it out.
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I am 8 weeks and 5 days and I just found our baby's heartbeat with my doppler. It was so cool. I am not particularly skinny and I had to lay on my side to find it but I did.
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1139097_tn?1271198037
I found mine the first day I got it when I was 9w4d.  It took a while as I was searching too high.  Now I can find it in less than 15 seconds!  LO is hanging out about halfway between my belly button and pubic bone...front and center.  I don't pay attention to the  reading.  I just listen and then do a manual count.  (My Doppler has the manual count feature).  I can usually hear LO's heartbeat and mine at the same time.  They are distinctly different.  When moving around,  move very, very slowly and for any given spot, move the Doppler at different angles...especially when you think you might have heard it for a second or two.
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1139097_tn?1271198037
Make that...I first heard it at 9w1d...
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317019_tn?1327343013
i thought i found my hb when i was about 10 weeks but now that im 13 weeks i realized i was listening to my placenta and not the baby...the baby is right in the middle....the hb has been consistently between 145-151

its is amazing but honestly i think people should wait until 12 weeks to start trying to find the baby because i know another girl who had a doppler thought she found the heart beat at 9 weeks, went for her 12 week u/s and the baby was no longer alive...she thought the night before she heard the hb but the u/s revealed the baby had passed at 9 weeks

i dont want to be the downer...i love my doppler but sometimes its better to wait and be sure
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389578_tn?1295357927
i found the placenta around 9-10 weeks ! but as i read the heartbeat should sound like a galloping horse i knew it wasn't the heartbeat was dissapointed but was so eager to find the heartbeat i tried and tried found it 11 weeks!!! u hav 2 lisen real close! try moving around,different positions ,i pressed quite firmly on my stomache,therefore thats the only way i could hear it
its absolutely amazing!!!
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1085628_tn?1326555485
What does the placenta sound like ?
I just got my heart doppler in the mail and dh hid it on me he doesnt want me to use it until after my 11 week appt he said i can't find it them i am going to have unneccsary panic ..
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432779_tn?1364498475
I have found a heartbeat at 8 1/2 weeks with both pregnancies. if you go to this site it has the sounds so you know what to hear for.http://www.fetaldopplerfacts.org/facts/dopplers/fetal-heartbeat-doppler-sounds.php. Let me know if you have a problem with the link.
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1085628_tn?1326555485
So i used my doppler not sure if it was the placenta my heart beat or the babies but i heard something  i pushed a little hard now my side hurts a little beucaes i have the bicornius uturus the baby is on the left.. I am giving up on the the doppler until my next appt which is on the 6th ..
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317019_tn?1327343013
the baby is still very low in the uterus at 8 weeks....actually i believe its still behind the pelvic bone

the placenta sounds like wind blowing very strong....i mistaked that sound for the heartbeat

the heartbeat should be in the middle of your stomach because as my doc explained the uterus moves up in your belly as you progress weekly...
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1085628_tn?1326555485
my doctor said my baby is on my left becuase i my split uturus.. I did find something that sounded like a heart and it recorded a beat in the 130s i have no idea
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317019_tn?1327343013
i guess its possible...im no expert....when is your next appt? maybe you could ask your doc to check where you hear it and then make sure the noises match...i noticed that there are a lot of noises in there....lol

best of luck to you
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357635_tn?1306114409
I started hearing my first baby heart beat by doppler at 10 weeks the home doppler machine from what I hear works but you have to be careful not to pick up your own heartbeat
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Avatar_f_tn
I have a fetal doppler. I can pick her heart rate up quite often but sometimes it all depends on the positioning of the baby! Alot of the noise you may hear is the blood going through the placenta, but look for something that sounds like a horse galloping :) good luck with the doppler.
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