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TheZooKeeper

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 8:17pm

Help! Summer Fetal Heart Monitor Advice

I brought myself the above today and have just tried it and can't hear a heartbeat - has anyone brought one of these? Am I trying too early as it says 21-28 weeks, but I would have thought I could pick up something as the doc did (ok, her machine is more expensive).

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 8:42pm

I don't know about your make but with mine you needed to use a bit of technique to pick up the heartbeat. At first I kept moving it around my belly but what you need to do is keep it in one place and point it towards the inside of your belly, moving it about as if you are searching for something with a torch (if that makes sense) and use lots of that jelly stuff as that helps. I think initially I usually found mine about an inch or so below my belly button - so quite low down really. Not being able to hear the heartbeat and then worrying yourself silly is one reason why m/w's don't like you to buy them I think :D I know its pointless me saying this but try not to worry if everything else is okay - I remember at first I had trouble picking it up until I got the hang of it.



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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 8:45pm

The one I have doesn't have the gel - I wonder whether that could be why - I think the gel would help but apparently you don't need it with this one....

Why type did you have?

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 9:21pm

Georgie's right jen, the reason midwives don't like mums to use them at home is that they can cause more worry then reassurance somtimes. You do need gel to pick up the fetal heart effectively, but at 19 weeks this may be difficult sometimes even for midwives so i would TRY not to get too panicky if you can't hear anything, as alot depends on position of bubba
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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 9:23pm

I have already heard the heartbeat. This thing doesn't need gel apparently.

Already thinking about sticking it on ebay! I knew I shouldn't have brought it!!

Maybe I'll wait a few more weeks and see if it will pick anything up then.

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 9:27pm

yes Jen i think it might be a bit early.

i had one when i was pregnant. you sometime do need to keep moving it around to detect the heartbeat or next time you go to your midwife to hear the heartbeat try and see where she positon her monitor and go home and try it there. hopefully the baby wouldnt have move by then :D

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 9:36pm

I'm going to see the doc tomorrow anyway so going to ask her to check the heartbeat. Also the one I have is this one:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SUMMER-PRENATAL-BA…1QQcmdZViewItem

got it from argos

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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 10:13pm

ah I think that one is for slightly later in pregnancy isn't it? I remember that I didn't buy that one when I was pregnant for that reason (I was so flipping anxious I brought one at 12 weeks!) mine was a doppler type one - very similar to the ones the M/W uses.



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Wednesday, May 17th 2006, 11:17pm

Hiya Jen, I have one of these (must remember to put it on ebay) I never once heard the hb with it Even at 37 weeks I still couldnt hear it with it. I bought a similar one to what the midwives use from ebay and picked up the hb everytime. i Think that the summer ones are just for listening to the general sounds that your baby is listening to rather than the hb..

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 6:57am

Jenny, the gel we use at the surgery is just ordinary KY.





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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 9:54am

jen I have one like that, like Jo I've never heard the heartbeat on it :(

I think it was a huge waste of money on my part but keep perservering & you might get lucky :baby:

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 10:50am

Thanks ladies,

I'm going to hang on to it for a little while longer and then I'll probably stick it on ebay!!!!! They seem to sell well!

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 10:51am

Went to docs today and asked her to have a listen, could hear the heartbeating really well and also heard the kicks, it's amazing!

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 11:22am

My stepsis had that model and also never heard anything. If you are determined to get one though you can pick up the betaman dopplers for around £45 on ebay. I have some gel if you'd like me to send it to you?

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 11:45am

Thanks Sam, do you reckon the machine will actually pick anything up if I have the gel?

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 11:48am

possibly, it just acts as a condutor and boosts the sound waves. Don't want anything for it.. just pm me your address

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 3:05pm

thanks sam - have pm'd

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 8:15pm

I bought this one and I pick up the heartbeat every= time I use it
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?V…AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1
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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 8:17pm

That's the one I've been trying to get but keep getting out bit all the time :(

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Thursday, May 18th 2006, 10:03pm

How about buying one on the 'buy it now' option? I think thats how I brought mine. It was from a company called anawiz if they are still going.



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Friday, May 19th 2006, 8:07am

Have placed a bid one one, if that goes then I'm going for a buy it now option.

The one I brought from Argos is going back!! It's pants!

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Friday, May 19th 2006, 8:33pm

I bough this one and it has worked every time (got it at 13 weeks)

http://www.anawiz.com/acatalog/Foetal_Mo…__Dopplers.html


Hi-Bebe BT-200 LCD Fetal Doppler Ref: HBL01

· NEW 2006 MODEL with Carrycase
· Hear your baby’s heartbeat from as early as 10 weeks
· High-Sensitivity Doppler Probe
· Clear digital FHR display
· Low Battery Display
· Signal Quality Display
· Safe and easy to use
· Suitable for clinical & home use
· NEW Protective carrying case
· 2 x 1.5V (AA) batteries incl'd
· Ultrasound gel included
· 1 year warranty
· CE 0470
· FDA (USA) Approved
Further Information



It is great since it tells you heartrate etc.
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Friday, May 19th 2006, 8:42pm

I've just put a bid on one like that

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Friday, May 19th 2006, 8:44pm

good!
ICSI Jan 2006 - BFP
MC one twin at 6 weeks
DS born in Oct 2006
BF DS 10 months 3 weeks and 5 days
FET 11/07, ICSI 12/07 (ABANDONED), ICSI 2/08, IUI 5/08 - BFN
Clomid IUI 7/08 BFP MC a twin... again :(


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Saturday, May 20th 2006, 6:00pm

Taken the other one back!

It was crap!




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