Fetal Doppler (in Off-topic)
Claire has hired one of these and it arrived today.
I've come home from work for lunch, and just heard my baby's heat beat!
Am all emotional now!
September 13 2005 8:13 AM EDT
That's great GL :)
September 13 2005 8:14 AM EDT
Take the rest of the day off GL you will never be able to concentrate now.
Hope things go well for you and your family in the future.
September 13 2005 8:16 AM EDT
GL, that must be amazing!
Try to wipe that big grin off your face ;)
Had to come back to work, :( this place wouldn't function without me! ;)
September 13 2005 9:44 AM EDT
Or at least you don't want them to know they can function with out you. =)
September 13 2005 9:50 AM EDT
Get some pictures and keep them for the baby album.
You can get a very expensive (over 200 quid...) colour photo of your scan, or a £4 black and white one.
I wonder which one Claire will go for! ;P
Rampage, that's so true... there a new girl in the office, and she can now do everything i know how to do, but better and faster... I have to get all enigmatic now to make people think I still know stuff others don't! ;)
(Well, it's not that bad yet, no-one else really does know their way around our database, but some are getting there!)
:( It appears that what we heard is the placenta and not the heartbeat. We were trying a little to early, but Claire is still a little down.
September 14 2005 3:35 AM EDT
How long pregnant is Claire, GL?
Coming up to 10 weeks. The doppler said we should be able to hear the heat beat by about 12, but she was spurred on by reports of other april mothers (they have their own web site and chat room!) abotu hearing the heat beat already.
We think they are also probably hearing the placenta...
September 14 2005 1:50 PM EDT
Watch the heart rate and compare it to Claire's resting rate - the placenta is her heartbeat, but the baby should be a fair bit faster. If memory serves it's around 120 bpm or so (I went through this three times but it fades fast).
:) Thanks! That really confirms the "whoosing" noise is the placenta (it's got a rate around her heart rate. The baby should be about twice that... We've found glimpses of readings in the area and vague hints of the galloping rythm we should hear. I guess it's just too early and the baby is just too small at the moment.
September 15 2005 4:18 PM EDT
Blame it on the tech too - you need to align the doppler portion on the ultrasound to pick up the heartbeat properly.
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