Erica bought a BISTOS Fetal Doppler the other day. After her using it for the first time, I was ready to use it on myself b/c I thought I was having a heart attack. Here's the problem:
1. I'm a guy and have no idea what a fetal doppler even is. When I hear the words "Fetal Doppler" I instantly think of a weather map and a 5 day forecast showing us how much rain and cloud coverage we are going to get.
2. Said being a guy, I don’t know how to use one and quite frankly I’m not sure if Erica even read the directions. It’s pretty self explanatory. All you do is turn it on, put some of that gel on your buddy and slap the microphone thing (Hey I come from radio) on your belly and you hear a heartbeat.
Well , Erica tells me the baby has a heart rate of 112. 2 weeks earlier at her first ultrasound it was like 150 something…where it should be. She tells me this after she does it so I never actually see her do it. Alarms start going off in my mind that something is wrong b/c we were told a real slow heartbeat means bad news…then again, the nurse was using numbers like 80’s, etc. What do I do ? The stupidest thing imaginable: I go on the internet to search for “baby hear rate at 11 weeks”. After reading a bunch of forums written by people with ZERO nursing knowledge, I decide to call the doctor and let them know and ask them if there is anything we should do.
While waiting for a call back , Erica actually decides to use the doppler again to show me how it works. As she is using it on her stomach area, I’m watching heart rates go from 66 to 150, to 80, to 40, to 125…it’s like taking a metal detector and searching for metal and hearing all the different frequencies going off because it’s all over the place… I kind of felt better because I was certain the reading earlier at 112 wasn’t accurate.
The nurse called E back and said there was “nothing to worry about”. With no fever or other symptoms, everything should be fine. Although the Fetal Doppler is reliable, she is so early in her pregnancy and the baby is so small that the heartbeat is faint so you may not really hear it as well as you need to. Plus we questioned if some of the rate was from Erica’s actual heart.
Needless to say…fetal doppler….great idea…just not for the dad to be to listen to without doing all the research first and understanding all the variables the nurse told us in regards to the readings. Now off to check my blood pressure…