Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about our fetal dopplers. Don't forget, you can always reach out to our friendly staff if you have any questions or concerns.
How do you use a fetal doppler?
- The baby’s heartbeat will be easier to hear in the morning when your belly is less bloated.
- Using the fetal doppler while you have a full bladder will also make it easier to hear.
- To use your fetal doppler, lie down on your back on a flat surface and expose your abdomen.
- Apply the ultrasound gel to your lower belly, ensuring that you use a liberal amount.
- Apply the gel to the fetal doppler probe as well and turn the device on.
- Starting at your pubic bone, glide the probe upwards toward your belly button. Move the probe across your belly slowly making sure to touch every part until you find your baby.
- A higher heart rate means that you have found your baby. This is usually around 120 BPM or higher.
- Once you are completed with the procedure, turn off the device and thoroughly clean the probe.
Is BabyHeart TGA approved?
Why do some doctors advise against using home doppler monitors?
What should the fetal heart rate typically be?
Is the fetal doppler measurement reliable?
- Smoking tobacco products.
- Drinking large amounts of caffeine.
- Extra noises, such as the mother's heartbeat or stomach rumbling, can mask the signals.
- Sleep patterns.
- Baby movement.
Can a fetal doppler replace ultrasound appointments?
Should I use ultrasound gel?
Which mobile devices are supported for models that can be connected to an application?
Is my baby’s heart rate normal?
If you are receiving a measurement of 120 to 160 BPM, your baby’s heart rate is considered normal. Measurements which are lower than 120 BPM could be your own heart rate and you should reposition the probe. We always recommend contacting your physician with questions about your baby's heart rate.