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Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler
Member Name: katyj10
Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler
Advantages: Nice way to bond with baby
Disadvantages: Don't use it instead of medical help
This is a review of Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler which I bought the first time I was pregnant with our DD. When you have a midwife appointment, one of the things they will do around 16 weeks is listen for your baby's heart beat. It is nice to be able to do this yourself at home but a few words of caution alongside home doppler use apply.
A new Jumper Medical Angelsound Fetal Doppler costs just under £40 on Amazon but I bought a used/new one from Amazon. You also need some gel to conduct the device (like they use at an ultrasound). You get a small tube with the product but can also buy a bigger bottle on Amazon for a few pounds. I actually found a vaseline gel lotion that worked fine with my doppler and gave me the oil massage for stretch marks at the same time.
My machine has done the rounds since I first bought it. I have lent it to friends who are pregnant but have recalled the machine back to myself as I am pregnant again now! Another pal has her eye on it for when she is expecting so between us we have had great value for money.
Finding the heartbeat of your baby is relatively simple with the monitor. You gel up your tummy but I put a blob on the sensor and then place it on your lower abdomen, if you follow where the midwife tries you will be close.
One of the things to be aware of is that it is possible to pick up your own heart beat with the doppler. This is why many medics advise against home doppler use. To me it is obvious as your baby's heart beat is so much faster than your own. What makes a fun game is trying to work out the hb per minute if you don't know which sex your baby is, a faster beat usually indicates a girl I think (if you google it they give an indication of what to look out for). Another school of mythology claims that the heartbeat may sound like a train or a horse galloping and this can be indicative of sex too.. ha! It's fun playing this guessing game though.
I like the doppler's easy to use instructions. You just turn a dial and it clicks on with a light to indicate it is working. The battery is a square one and mine has lasted ages. The higher you turn the dial, the higher the volume is through the headphones. You also get a cable to record the heart beat with if you wish but I never tried this.
In addition to the heart beat, the doppler picks up a lot of swooshing and movement noises, some of which can be a little unpleasant to listen to with the head phones if you have it on loud as it is a sort of interference noise but this can be avoided to an extent if you have used enough of the conducting gel.
I use my monitor sporadically, just when I fancy a listen in but I certainly don't use it for peace of mind and you should always inform your midwife if you feel something is wrong with the baby rather than using the doppler. Movement is a good sign later on in pregnancy but people have been known to use their dopplers wrongly, hearing their own heart beat and thinking everything is OK so please use with caution and sense.
This is a great bonding tool for you, the baby's daddy and makes you feel a lot closer to the baby. I have enjoyed using my doppler and also felt it was nice to share it with close friends too.
Summary: A good pregnancy and entertainment aid
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