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Sounds great with a gelly belly!
Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler
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Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler
Advantages: Easy to use and pretty effective at finding heartbeat
Disadvantages: Does need the gel to work well
If you are pregnant and reading this first let me say congratulations. I hope you are sitting with your feet up and resting. After getting the blue line showing you are pregnant it is quite a while before you develop a definate baby bump and feel your baby move inside you. For your partner the only signs of pregnancy might be seeing you sick, tired and grumpy!
There are variations in the NHS but I am two NHS scans one at 12 weeks and one at 20 weeks. I also had a private scan at 9 weeks. Nothing can prepare you for hearing your baby's heartbeat for the first time although my husband was very startled as he didn't realise how much faster a baby's heartbeat is compare to ours. The gap between 12 weeks and 20 weeks seemed a long time and I had felt such a strong bond on hearing the heartbeat I decided to research dopplers and found the Angel Sounds one.
I bought mine from Amazon for around £18 and I also got the gel too. Please buy the gel as you will find it so much easier to find the heartbeat using it and for an extra £3 it is well worth it. One bottle should be enough. I bought two but only used half a bottle.
The Angel Sounds Doppler can be used from 12 weeks and has two outlets so both you and you partner can listen which is a lovely way to bond with the baby. I think this is important for partners as you will feel pregnant but forpargners it can still seem quite remote. Hearing the heartbeat makes it much more real for them. The Doppler only comes with one set of headphones but most people have headphones they use for their mp3 players etc which can be used.
Using the Doppler
It is best to use the doppler when you are relaxed. Often we listened to the heartbeat when we were lying in bed. My tip is to warm some gel in your hands before applying to your belly as cold gel is not too nice. It can take a while before you find the heartbeat and don't panic if you can't. Relax and try again later and it should be found easier. Use thedoppler as you might a metal sector and carefully go over each part of your belly in a systematic fashion until you hear the heartbeat. Babies do however move around so they won't always stay in the same place. Take care as so etimesyou will find a heartbeat straight away but it is actually your one. A baby's heart eat is much faster than ours and once you hear it you'll know what I mean! Try not to laugh if you partner spreads the gel on your belly as laughing makes it harder for you to find the heartbeat as your belly shakes too much.
Advantages and disadvantages
The advantages of the Angel Sounds Doppler is that it is quite compact and light. The instruction booklet is very clear on it's use. We certainly found the heartbeat quite easily nearly every time we used it. I did try without the gel and found that I couldn't find the heartbeat so a gelly belly is something you just have to put up with and to be honest it is a small price to pay.
You are probably not a doctor so dont rely on this if you think something is wrong get to hospital and get checked out properly. The window you will use this is not that big as it is unlikely to work before 12 weeks and once you start to feel the baby inside you you are less inclined to use it in my experience.
I would recommend end this Doppler for value for money and ease of use however I think if you are nervous this could make things worse if you find it difficult to use. Stress isn't good for mums to be. You can record the baby's heartbeat using this Doppler but although the instructions were clear we didn't use this function so I can't comment on this aspect of the doppler. Overall I would say it is a good method of bonding with your baby if you dont get an attack of the giggles with the gel over your belly
Summary: Great way to bond especially for partners
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