Fetal Doppler Monitors: A must-have Pregnancy Device

Fetal Doppler monitors have been in use for over 50 years, but the use of the device has changed within the last two decades. The intended use was originally for healthcare professionals to monitor a baby’s heartbeat during prenatal check-ups, but since the rise in technology Fetal Doppler monitors have become very popular for personal use.

ToronTek-R88 Doppler monitors are one of the more recent monitors to join the market, with advanced features that allow you to safely detect your baby’s heartbeat using the highest quality probe and save the recording for you to treasure forever.

There are many other features to ToronTek-R88 Doppler monitors and benefits to using this device in general during your pregnancy. This article will clarify what they are and how you can begin enjoying your pregnancy with peace of mind and creating early bonds with your unborn baby.

 

What is a Fetal Doppler monitor?

A Fetal Doppler monitor is a hand-held portable device used to listen to your unborn baby’s heartbeat as easy as 12 weeks into your pregnancy. Similar to ultrasounds done by your health care professional, a Fetal Doppler monitor uses ultrasonic sound waves to retrieve your baby’s heartbeat.

 

ToronTek-R88 Doppler Features

ToronTek-R88 Doppler monitors are advanced with LCD digital display and three different mode settings for more accurate readings:

  • Real-time Display shows you the heart rate numerically
  • Average Display shows you a more stable reading
  • Manual Display allows you to calculate an average heart rate over a specific period of time

The R88 Doppler is also equipped with a recording cable, headphone socket, built-in loudspeaker to listen to your baby’s heartbeat without headphones, and a waterproof 3MHz probe to retrieve the highest quality sound of your baby’s heartbeat.

 

Benefits of using a Fetal Doppler Monitor

Having a Fetal Doppler monitor at home allows you to hear your baby’s heartbeat whenever you like, providing peace of mind and assurance when you need it most. Hearing the sound of your baby’s heartbeat during these times is an immeasurable feeling. For busy fathers who may not be able to attend prenatal check-ups, Fetal Doppler monitors are perfect for including them in the development of your baby. ­The use of the device is especially comforting to first time expecting parents and/or expecting parents who have had difficult pregnancies. This device helps decrease stress and helps create first bonds with those closest to you and your baby during the first 9 months of your baby’s life.

Note: Fetal Doppler monitor’s intended use is to provide comfort, assurance and create early bonds. The device should not be used for diagnostic or medical purposes and should not be used as a substitute for regular prenatal care by a medical practitioner.

 

Below are some reviews from expecting families who have used ToronTek-R88 Doppler.

 

 

Alan Roy:

My wife and I are very satisfied with your product. Being a couple that experienced a loss; it is very assuring for my wife to be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat whenever she wants. We were even able to hear the baby’s heartbeat at 10 weeks! Now that we’re almost at 20 weeks, it’s loud and clear!

 

Stacey Parsons

Thank you for having such a thing available to the public. It’s a great piece of mind when I wasn’t too far along to be able to listen to the heartbeat and know okay this is real. And now that I am further along, when I’m not having a good day or haven’t felt it move too much in the day I can lay back and listen to it when I want without worrying that I haven’t felt it in a while. It’s still beating strong. As a first time mom best decision I made. Thank you, I love it!

 

Rose Larden and Mark Chabot

My boyfriend and I love it as it gives us that sense of relief as we had a miscarriage last year at 9 weeks. We are now 19 weeks and so far everything has been going smoothly. ToronTek Doppler helps us out a lot as I was getting anxious anytime an appointment comes up. It also gives us a tremendous joy hearing our baby’s heartbeat thank you! We are both satisfied and this was our best purchase in pregnancy!

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3 Steps to Help Reduce Anxiety During Pregnancy

Overcome Anxiety with Reassurance

Overcoming miscarriage can be a lengthy and overwhelming process and on top of that, thinking about pregnancy after miscarriage can be very stressful and confusing. You may be feeling overwhelmed, anxious and confused about what caused your miscarriage and when to begin trying to conceive again.Before beginning to try to conceive again, it is important to understand what anxiety is and what cause these symptoms.

Anxiety during pregnancy is extremely common.   According to Healy Smith, M.D., a reproductive psychiatrist at the Women’s Mental Health Clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, research has shown that up to 33 percent of women experience clinical depression or an anxiety disorder at some point during pregnancy.

Raising this concern to your doctor may be a difficult step as you may feel ashamed that you are feeling this way, but it is important to not suffer alone.

Some symptoms you may be feeling could consist of:

  • Excessive worry that is uncontrollable
  • Irritability
  • Tension/muscle aches
  • Disruptive sleep patterns
  • Consistently restless
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration

 

There are safe ways to help reduce these symptoms that will not affect you or your baby.

Here are three safe and simple steps to help reduce anxiety symptoms and allow you to begin enjoying your pregnancy!

 

  1. Stop researching symptoms

With technology right at our finger tips, we begin abusing our resources by over researching, which begins to create unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Google is a great tool to connect with mom blogs, parental magazines, etc. to learn more about what to expect as a new parent or essential baby-must-haves etc. But it if not a diagnostic tool.

If you are concerned about how you are feeling, contact your doctor immediately. Avoid Dr. Google!

 

  1. Consider treatments

Treatments are not a sign of weakness and the best part about these treatments are that they are proven to be safe for both you and your baby!

Treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy and acupuncture are great treatments for managing and influencing moods, as well as, increased intake of Omega-3 essential fatty acids are great natural mood-boosting supplement.

 

  1. Purchase a Fetal Doppler

Research has not proven Fetal Doppler device to be dangerous for your baby, but like anything, it is important to use the device in moderation. Fetal Doppler devices, also known as Fetal Heart Monitors, have been around for many years and have acted as a reassuring device for many moms-to-be. The device allows expecting mothers to safely hear their baby’s heartbeat in the comfort of their own home as early as 8 weeks into their pregnancy.

Hearing your baby develop throughout your pregnancy and sharing these moments with your partner, relatives and close friends not only creates early bonds with those closest to you, but also helps provide comfort and reassurance.

Djeneba Kan, a recent ToronTek customer, purchased our R88 Fetal Doppler after she had a miscarriage. Below she shares her positive experience using the R88 Fetal Doppler during her second pregnancy.

 

Djeneba Kan – December 22, 2016

I had a miscarriage and I was anxious on my second pregnancy. ToronTek Doppler has been really handy calming me down and helping me and my husband. definitely worth it.

 

Pregnancy is a time for growing and learning. Fetal Doppler devices allow moms-to-be to grow with their baby as early as 8 weeks, before their baby’s first kick.

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Fetal Doppler’s: More Than a Mother-Baby Bond

5 Reasons Why Expecting Parents Should Have a Fetal Doppler

Whether you are a relative, close friend or an expecting parent yourself, pregnancy is a very exciting time for all! Looking for the perfect baby shower gift or a cool baby gadget for yourself has you reading many articles and blogs on all the baby-must-haves.

A Fetal Doppler baby monitor may just top what you have seen thus far!

Fetal Doppler devices, also known as Fetal Heart Monitors, allow moms-to-be to safely hear their baby’s heartbeats in the comfort of their own home, providing comfort and reassurance as early as 8 weeks into their pregnancy.
Hearing your baby develop throughout your pregnancy and sharing these moments with your partner is only one reason why choosing to purchase a Fetal Doppler device is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Here are 5 key reasons why you should consider a Fetal Doppler device.

1. Easy-to-use and portable

Fetal Doppler devices use ultrasound technology and ultrasonic gel to safety locate the baby’s heartbeat using a probe attached to the monitor. The battery-operated device sends ultrasound waves that pass through your skin and tissue and reflect your baby’s heartbeat. The ultrasonic gel helps to transmit the sound waves, producing a more accurate sound.

The ToronTek R88 Pocket Fetal Doppler device includes LCD digital display that provides three modes including real-time Fetal Heart Rate (FHR) display, averaged FHR display and manual display that allows you to view the fetal heart rate for an 8 beat period.

2. Reduces pregnancy anxiety

For expecting mothers, it is normal to experience anxiety during the early stages of your pregnancy as you begin to worry about your baby’s physical development and overall health.

Fetal Doppler devices help provide peace of mind in the comfort of your own home. These devices are especially great as they can detect your baby’s heartbeat as early as 8 weeks, before you can feel your baby’s first movements.

3. Involves your partner in your pregnancy

It is important for your partner to be actively involved in your pregnancy. As a mom-to-be, you are instantly connected to the little one in your belly, but for dads-to-be that connection may not occur until they physically meet your little one.

Using a Fetal Doppler can help create the early connection between dads-to-be and the baby. Especially for dads-to-be that are busy and cannot attend ultrasound appointments, Fetal Doppler devices are the perfect solution to helping involve dads-to-be in your pregnancy.

4. Helps siblings adjust to having a sibling

Although a new baby is an exciting and joyful time for expecting parents, the arrival of a new baby in the household can be challenging for firstborn siblings. It is common for expecting parents to feel anxious about how their firstborn may respond to the arrival of their new baby and how long it will take for them to adjust. Introducing a Fetal Doppler to siblings-to-be in the early stages of your baby’s life can help create an early bond and help reduce jealousy upon the arrival of your baby.

5. A memorable gift that will forever

The ToronTek R88 Handheld Fetal Doppler is not only easy-to-use, portable and waterproof, but it creates first bonds, allows you to save the recording of your baby’s heartbeat and can be used for all pregnancies.
Fetal Doppler’s are truly an all-in-one, forever lasting and reusable device that you are sure to love!

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Did you know?

Ever wonder why you have to have that tub of ice cream or a piece of pickle in the middle of the night? Or, if babies of smokers are most likely to smoke as adults? Here are some interesting facts and trivia about pregnancy.

craving

Cravings. Ever wonder why you have to have that tub of ice cream or a piece of pickle in the middle of the night? Some experts say that cravings represent mineral deficiencies in the body.

 

due date

Only less than 10% of babies are born on their exact due date, 50% are born within one week of the due date and 90% of the babies are eager to see the world two weeks ahead.

 

birthmark

Accidents during pregnancy do not cause birthmarks.

 

3 seconds

Every three seconds a baby is born.

 

Cigarette

Habits kick in early. Babies of mothers who smoke are most likely to smoke when they’re adults.

 

morning sickness

The lucky ones. About 30% of expectant mothers do not experience morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy.

 

dreaming baby

Even unborn babies dream.

Expert advice on 5 tips for choosing a good baby Doppler?

The baby heartbeat monitor or baby Doppler (also known as Fetal Doppler by professionals)  is one of the devices expecting parents are considering purchasing on their lovely journey of growing their family!

While some parents are intimidated by use of any new device, some find listening to the baby’s heartbeat calming and reduces their anxiety. And for sure both of these groups are right in either way because at the end of the day the most important thing for an expecting mom is to be relaxed in what she has decided to do.
For the moms who have decided to purchase a baby Doppler (fetal Doppler) I have included 5 important tips below on choosing the right one.

baby doppler

1) How does Baby Doppler work?

It bounces sound waves off your baby’s heart. The motion that your baby’s heart makes when it’s beating changes the shape of these sound waves. The Baby Doppler picks up these changed sound waves and amplifies them in the form of your baby’s heartbeat. There hasn’t been any extensive research done on the safety of the device but the general consensus is that fetal Dopplers are probably safe to use in moderation.

choosing baby doppler

2) How much does it cost?

It bounces sound waves off your baby’s heart. The motion that your baby’s heart makes when it’s beating changes the shape of these sound waves. The Baby Doppler picks up these changed sound waves and amplifies them in the form of your baby’s heartbeat. There hasn’t been any extensive research done on the safety of the device but the general consensus is that fetal Dopplers are probably safe to use in moderation.

When purchasing a Baby Doppler, I strongly recommend purchasing a model which is already in Canada. Purchasing over the internet overseas at first looks less expensive but when you add currency conversion, shipping and also some undisclosed charges (like when you purchase a product from overseas CBS will send you an import duty invoice) which at the end will make it all the more expensive and you find out you have been waiting 3-4 weeks for an overpriced unit.

Health Canada

3) Which model should I purchase?

Before choosing on any specific model you need to make sure that the device is approved by Health Canada. The Health Canada authorities have put in place the stringiest requirement and standard to protect the public health. There are devices which are sold on auction or P2P websites which are sold by individuals. Since importing by individuals does not need a health Canada approval you might end up buying a non-standard product and that’s the most important thing to avoid.

3MHz sonoline B probe

4) Do I need a 2 MHz or 3MHz probe

Currently the majority of the hospitals, obstetricians and midwives use the 3 MHz probe. Generally, the 3 MHz probe has more sensitivity compared to 2 MHz and it works better at the very early stages of pregnancy. The reason is that the fetus is so small early in gestation that 3 MHz reflects the ultrasound back to the sensor better than the lower frequency 2 MHz.

Only in a few special cases does a 2 MHz work better such as on very overweight mothers when the fetus lies very deep. We provide 2 MHz probes as well so if you are unsure about which on to use, consult with one of our customer care specialists.

Baby doppler 2

5) I am so ANXIOUS!

It could also mean you could get unnecessarily stressed out if you can’t locate the heartbeat, when it could simply be that you’re using the monitor incorrectly or that it’s too early to hear the heartbeat (sometimes you can’t hear a heartbeat with the device until at least 12 weeks). The idea behind using the Doppler is to make you more relaxed and not more anxious.
Things to consider before using one: Baby Doppler is a medical device that is intended for use by medical professionals. Consumers don’t always have the proper training to use them and interpret the information. In some cases, this might mean you wouldn’t seek medical care when you need it.

What Is A Fetal Doppler?

If you’re an expecting mom, you probably have seen this device during your last visit from your OB. While lying down, the doctor used this to check your baby’s heartbeat. This device is called a fetal Doppler or Doppler fetal monitor in the medical field.

The fetal Doppler was invented by Dr. Edward H. Hon in 1958. It is a hand-held ultrasound transducer used to detect the fetal heartbeat for prenatal care. The fetal Doppler uses the Doppler effect to provide an audible simulation of the heartbeat. There are some models that display the heart rate in beats per minute.

Fetal Doppler

A fetal Doppler provides information about the baby similar to that provided by a fetal stethoscope or fetoscope. One advantage of the fetal Doppler over a purely acoustic fetal stethoscope is the electronic audio output, which allows people other than the user to hear the heartbeat. In some models, a headset can be plugged in to the audio output of the fetal Doppler so that both mother and doctor can hear the baby’s heartbeat at the same time. The session can be recorded as well.

A major advantage of being able to record and share the recording from the fetal Doppler is that it can be emailed to your doctor to be checked if there are any concerns about whether or not it is the baby’s heart rate and whether or not is normal. The fetal Doppler works from about 12 weeks of pregnancy.

What do you need to prepare for a new baby?

 

Baby health care is just about the many concerns that a new mother needs to consider. Your baby is a special blessing but a majority of mothers are not sure of what they have to do. Looking after your newborn’s hide is important. Deciding on the best skin care line for your child may be confusing seeing as there are many to select from. Ensuring the fitness of your infant is truly the most important thing for virtually every parent. There exists a recent trend of which suggests many moms and dads prefer organic healthy skin care products for their children.

Healthy pores and skin are therefore a central a part of your current health. Babies need proper light creams and baby lotion to maintain its suppleness in addition to being moisturized. Caring for your child this way is a bit more about preventing possible skin problems. People don’t often look at the need to take care of a baby’s skin, probably because it is so perfect. But it’s particularly important in the first few months. Luckily, a large number of early rashes are usually harmless and vanish entirely automatically.

Before your child arrives, health is an important thing to prepare for. When you are preparing the newborn’s room, one often stocks on diapers and outfits, but there are some simple issues that are often neglected. It is important to look after a newborn’s skin. It is vital since damage to skin at this early age may affect the baby down the road. Every aspect of baby health care is crucial to possess a happy and healthy infant.

All these are very important factors of raising a child, as important as choosing your kids’ food. In addition, there are particular food items that may cause some skin difficulties to your baby.

 

I just recorded my baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler!

Hi everyone,

I just recorded my baby’s heartbeat with a Doppler! Sometimes it sounds like a galloping horse and sometimes like a steam train. I thought it might help some of you who are just getting to grips with their Dopplers.

We were trying for ten minutes but the baby was “sleeping.” I drank a freezing cold Capri sun and the baby was up and away! No wonder I’m drinking so much of the stuff, my baby loves it! Lol!

Any “scratches” is me re-positioning the Doppler. Any watery sounds (like “baloomp”) is the baby swooshing around. Any definite thuds is probably the baby kicking. There’s a good few kicks in there!

 

I am 14w6d 🙂

Enjoy

Betty