Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Doppler

I have not rented or bought a doppler.  At my 13week OB appointment, the nurse couldn't even pick up the heartbeat on the doppler and I had to have another ultrasound (oh darn).

I really didn't want to become someone who needs a home doppler for nightly reassurance... primarily because I have feared I'd use it wrong, not get the heartbeat and really freak myself out!!!

Two weeks ago, halfway between OB appointments, I was at the point that I needed to hear the heartbeat.  I needed to know everything was okay in there (the continued "morning" sickness and constipation isn't enough).  I remember that my nurse had said I could drop in and ask for her for a doppler check if I ever needed to hear the baby.  Since I live about 6 blocks from my OB's office, I thought this was a great option!  So off I went!

My nurse was down at their other office but another nurse checked me (no one even asked my name!) and there was the heartbeat, nice and strong.  I was so happy for that reassurance that I didn't even ask what the heart rate was.

Today was my 16 week OB appointment (at 16w5d) and the only thing I was focused on was getting to hear the baby's heartbeat.  It was a healthy 168!

I mentioned to my OB that I had stopped in a couple of weeks ago to hear the heartbeat.  She said that was fine... and I'm welcome to stop in as often as I need, even every week, if that's what I need!

I'm looking forward to feeling the baby's movements, hopefully within the next few weeks... until then, I see weekly walks over to my OB's office in my future.

12 comments:

  1. It really is reassuring to hear that beat!

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  2. I'm so glad everything is going well for you...I hope I'll be joining you in listening for heartbeats someday!

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  3. fantastic doctor's office! Wow! I'm very very glad that Baby is doing well.

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  4. Yay! Glad it's so close for you to drop by. I would be taking them up on that offer too! So exciting that you're already at about 17 weeks!

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  5. It seems like a lot longer than 16 weeks that we were in CO together! Good job on staying confident, hopefully your baby will start kicking soon :-)

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  6. It's so nice to hear the heartbeat, isn't it? I did order a doppler for home use, and while I don't use it every day, I probably do it about 3 times a week so far. I'm sure I'll use it less once I'm feeling the baby moving and kicking. I love that your doctor's office lets you come in anytime you want for a doppler check - that's so awesome! So glad all is going well. :)

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  7. so good to hear! congratulations!

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  8. Yay! Glad to hear all is going well. You will be a new Mommy before you know it:-D

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  9. Glad to know that all is well and that you'll get the care that you need.

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  10. I used my doppler every single day until I was able to feel him move regularly. I even traveled with it! How great that your OB is so open to letting you come in for a heartbeat check.

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  11. It is so great that your OB is so accommodating ...peace of mind is important. Glad everything going well :)

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  12. I think it was at my 14 week check - it took the OB about half an hour to find the heart beat! (OK I exaggerate)! Glad to hear all your news! When do you find out the gender?

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