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Old 11-10-07, 12:01 AM
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Smile A Scare with a Happy Ending: Fetal Doppler

Monday started out as one of those days that you hope you never have. We had a scheduled appointment with a specialist that we have been seeing after we lost our first pregnancy. The doctor went over all of our tests and things looked like they were going well. He then decided to use a fetal doppler to check for the baby's heart beat. He was unable to find one. I felt our hearts drop and began to think about what happened last time. Not again, I kept thinking. The doctor called the Ultrasound clinic and unable to get us in for an appointment until Wednesday. He indicated that it was still early and that he did not like to use the fetal doppler. The look on his face did not make me feel any better.

I know that waiting until Wednesday was not going to work, so we went down to the ultrasound clinic to see if we could get in any earlier. The lady at the desk said there may be a cancellation. She new what happened last time and told us that she would call us if something opened up, but could not promise anything. She did call a few hours latter and we did get in, I guess I can not complain about our health care system. I still can't believe that we got in. We went into the clinic scared and not sure what to expect. Well........ as they say a picture is worth a million words:


As you can see things worked out. The baby positioning caused us not to be able to hear the heartbeat when using the fetal doppler. We were able to hear the heartbeat during the ultrasound (music to our ears) but do to the positioning they could not determine if we are having a boy or a girl, only time will tell. Life could not be any better. What are your experiences with fetal dopplers?

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Old 11-10-07, 06:49 AM
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I don't recall how far along you are. My doctor doesn't like to even try to use the doppler until 12 weeks or so, just because it can be hard to get anything, and it freaks people out if it can't be heard. They do have a primitive sonogram machine in the office, though. I think this time we couldn't get the doppler to pick up a heartbeat at my 10-week appointment, so they took a look with the sonogram and saw the hb. Luckily I didn't have to try to get in somewhere else.

Glad everything worked out for you!
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According to the Ultrasound we were at 14 weeks and six days.
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