Might be time to put away the Doppler

Monday, December 10, 2012

I haven't been using the Doppler as much as I was a few weeks ago.  Now that I can feel the baby move pretty regularly I haven't felt the need to use it as much, but last night I decided that I wanted to take a listen. I laid down on my bed and squirted the gel on my stomach.  I put the wand down in the usual spot (to the bottom left of my belly button) and started scanning.  I would hear him for a minute and then he would move away.  I could hear kicks and punches and heart echos every couple seconds, but I had a touch time actually  getting the heart to register.

I squirted some more gel on the right side of my stomach and continued searching.  I found something that sort of sounded like the heartbeat, but it was kind of troubling.  It would go "thump, thump, thump, skip, thump, thump, thump, skip".  It sounded like an irregular heartbeat.  I listened a little longer to see if it would go back to normal, but no dice, only "thump, thump, thump, skip".  I totally freaked out and ran to the computer to consult with Dr. G.oogle.  Of course, we all know that this is a terrible idea under any circumstance, but sometimes we just have out freak-out moments.

The things that I found through Dr. G.oogle, were of course 1/2 reassuring and 1/2 troubling.  I left the consultation feeling sad and helpless.  The only thing that made me feel a little better was that for the first time, while I was searching for the heartbeat with the Doppler, I saw the baby kick from the outside.  That was cool.  I know he is alive in there.  I also have a monthly appointment with MFM tomorrow, which was another thing that made me feel better.  At least I could mention it to them so they could check it out.

I went down and tried to cook dinner, but all I could think about was my poor little baby with an irregular heartbeat.  After I finished prepping dinner and had put it in the oven, I decided that I was going to take one last try at the Doppler.  I am a sadist I guess?

I squirted the gel, and put down the wand.  This time I put it a little lower than last time, off to the left side.  Right away I found that familiar sound.  This time, I could detect no irregularity and the Doppler registered about 140, which is what I usually see.  I listened for a few seconds and everything seemed normal again.  Then he kicked really hard at the Doppler so I saw that as my cue to turn it off.  Phew.  I felt so much better, but came to the realization that I should probably put the Doppler away.  It was awesome when the baby was smaller and I could not feel him kick.  I rarely had trouble finding him.  Now, I have so many different noises going on in there...the placenta, the umbilical cord, the baby, me, etc.  I have no idea if I really picked up the baby before or not.  Maybe that was something else?  Either way, I am going to fess up to the doctor tomorrow and tell him about my Doppler experience.  Maybe they will give me an ultrasound just to be sure everything is ok?  Maybe they will just tell me to put the Doppler away?  I think I might just do this voluntarily.

This week is a busy week, as have been my past few weeks (we bought our nursery furniture last week!).  Tomorrow is my  22 1/2 week appointment, Thursday is my work Christmas party, Saturday I am registering with the help of my friend who is an expert ;), and then the rest of my weekend will be consumed with cookie baking as is it COOKIE WEEKEND!!  I am also taking off work on Monday to get everything done.  Busy, busy!  Oh and in case you are interested, I added a new bump shot over on the photo tab.

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4 Responses to “Might be time to put away the Doppler”

  1. That would scare me too, so I think there's no harm in asking the doc about it. But chances are, baby's heart and every other vital organ are forming perfectly and have no problems at all. Hope you can find a moment to catch your breath during the busyness of this week. I felt exhausted just reading about it!

  2. Hi. This is my first time commenting here, but we've emailed before. I just wanted to let you know that I had the exact same thing happen to me while listening to the HB at my doctor's office on her doppler last week. Without my even asking, she assured me that the irregular sound pattern we were hearing was actually the result of the baby kicking, because they don't like the doppler waves. That skipped beat is a result of the baby kicking/fidgeting but they're still too small for us to feel their every move. So before you worry too much about him having an irregular heartbeat (I know, not worrying is so hard!) I just wanted to point out that it could very well be something as innocent as the baby kicking that's disrupting the heartbeat pattern you're hearing.

  3. Same thing happened to me, it is normal. they are premature ventrcale contractions , and it will go away as baby gets bigger. =) I was scared to DEATH, had to go through the level 2 ultrasound and the fetal echo- but all was well.=)

  4. Oh yeah, Dr Google is no good! I think it is a good idea to put it away and relax. The movement is a great sign! Very cute bump!