Well, we did it. We gave in and bought a fetal doppler. Honestly, I had no idea these existed and were available for home purchase until reading about them on people’s blogs over the past few months. I never thought I would get one. But since graduating from the RE after our first ultrasound at 6w6d, we have yet to see the OB. Our first OB appointment is at 11w1d, which happens to be next Wednesday, but I’m not even sure they will do an ultrasound then. It is supposedly an “intake” appointment. This OB practice is very laid back or at least that is what I am telling myself as they weren’t in any hurry to get me in.
So, on to the good news.
We ordered a Sonoline B off a website called Clinical Guard and paid about $55 for it. Not bad and I am SO happy we bought it. It was worth every penny.
It took us about 5 minutes to locate the baby’s heartbeat. During those 5 minutes, all we could hear was the placenta. That, in and of itself, was quite reassuring to me. I didn’t mind if we couldn’t find the heartbeat, knowing it was still early to get a good listen. But I kept probing and then all of a sudden the pitch changed as well as the sound. You could hear the valves close and I knew we had honed in on our baby. The heart rate was 164bpm.
Yeah!!! This was the best thing I have heard in weeks. Music to my ears!