So you have received your heartbeat monitor from Neeva Baby®. Isn't that exciting? Now let us help you use your fetal doppler so that you can start bonding with the baby in your womb.
Don't want to read all these instructions? That's why we made this video for you.
WHEN CAN YOU START LISTENING TO YOUR BABY'S HEARTBEAT?
The baby's heartbeat can usually be monitored anytime after the 12th week of pregnancy. Many have heard it as early as 10 weeks, however, it may be difficult for you to hear the beat before the 12th week.
Please note: Patience is very important when it comes to using a heartbeat monitor, if results cannot be found within several minutes of trying, please try again a little bit later, or go visit your health care professional so they can show you how to easily find the heartbeat.
ALRIGHT, FIRST THINGS FIRST:
- Make sure batteries are installed and the product is working.
- Get our famous sound enhancing gel in order to reduce the static.
- Get a towel and have it beside you for easy cleanup once your done
- Lie down flat on a couch. A full bladder will also help to catch a smaller fetus' heart beat. Use lots of gel to have maximum static reduction. Start looking for the heart rate working your way up slowly from the pubic bone towards the belly button but not all the way up. Usually in the beginning your baby is tucked away really deep and it can be hard to find the heartbeat.
- Gently rock the probe from side to side making sure to not miss any area of the bottom part of your stomach until you find the heartbeat.
- You will clearly see the heart rate in beats per minute (BPM) on the screen. Remember the fetal heartbeat will be between 120 and 180 beats per minute which is a lot faster than any adults heartbeat.
Please note that if you are trying to get the reading of the fetal heart rate in the early stages of the pregnancy, the heartbeat may not be strong enough to hear or the baby may be in a position that doesn’t allow the fetal doppler to obtain a clear reading of the heart rate. In this case, it might be wise to try again in a few minutes or the following day.
Sometimes the sound waves will echo causing it to sound like there are two babies in the womb, but each baby will have different heart rates, so don't panic, unless of course you are expecting twins.