During the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I would always be anxious to know my baby’s condition and would book an ultrasound session in my hospital’s Women’s Health department almost weekly. Since in the early weeks of pregnancy, moms would not yet feel the baby’s movement due to its size, it was only an ultrasound would give you that peace of mind.
A normal transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound would normally cost 2k a session for an approximate 15-minute scan.
Aside from the cost of travelling to the hospital (which involves toll, gas and parking expense for me), spending 2k a week for an ultrasound was too much. You would also need to spend time waiting for your turn in the clinic – which normally takes long during weekends.
So I searched for an alternative to checking my baby’s heartbeat without having to spend too much money and time. I found this Hand-held Fetal Doppler online. Most OB-Gyne’s would use the same device during your check ups.
A Fetal Doppler is a hand-held device that is used to detect the heart beat of your baby. As early as 12 weeks, you will be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat using the device. It was great reassurance hearing my baby’s heart beat on a daily basis within the confines of our own home. =)
The brand that I got is a Sonoline Fetal Doppler. Here’s what the box and the device look like.
The unit has an backlit LCD screen and a probe. Mine came free with an ultrasound gel (I already finished mine, that’s why I have no more pic of the gel anymore).
It is easy to use and is very handy as it is battery operated using 2 AA size batteries. I always bring it with me especially when I go out of town. I check my baby’s heartbeat every night before going to sleep.
The Fetal Doppler has 3 different modes.
Mode 1 : a heart icon is displayed when the heartbeat is detected and the real-time hear t rate is displayed numerically
Mode 2 : a heart icon is displayed when the heartbeat is detected and it averages the heart rate for a more stable reading
Mode 3 : this mode allows the user to calculate an average heart rate over a specific period of time by manually pushing a button to start & stop the time
During the 1st – 2nd trimester, I would normally find the heartbeat around the pubic bone area. So be patient to scroll around that area. However, as the weeks progress and the baby grows, I would find the heartbeat near my belly button area. =)
Although the heartbeat displayed on the device may not be as accurate as what your sonologist would take in a normal ultrasound, it was a good reassurance that my baby was fine. It was likewise a good nightly bonding between my baby and me before I go to sleep.
PS. I got mine for 4,695Php, through Entropy Marketing.
Contact No: 0930-406 1066. It was delivered to me via COD, so no hassle at all.
Hope you find this useful.