Yeh Beth I tend to do the 15 seconds x4. The longer you time, the more accurate the reading e.g. 30sec x 2 will be more accurate than 15x4. You could always record it on your phone - then you have a keepsake and can then time it while not holding the probe.
As for the "not recommended" thing - My gynae said similar however he just said to me "Don't use it every 5 minutes - it can cause a temp rise in the foetus" and I know that temp rises aren't good for bubs in the first tri. That's why I try to limit my use to the point of safety vs. reassurance. Now that I've recorded it I can listen to calm myself and then go for a couple of days without poking poor bubby. I always worry though that I tried too much back at 8 weeks to find him/her and have done something wrong by bub (yep, always thinking of things I've done wrong... lol) by subjecting it to too much doppler/ultrasound. He said dopplers use a much more direct beam of ultrasound meaning they're a little less safe than regular visualised ultrasound.
Well, with my son, it was higher up... but I didn't even get a bump until I was like 7 months! So it is early for me this time... I can't wait to have a huge bump either! I think next monday I'll take another and post it to see if there is any difference. I'll try to use the same outfit, and my mom's living room again! LoL!
Do any of you guys find your bumps grow during the day? Mine is quite small and just looks like I've eaten too much recently in the morning...but then every evening it sticks out loads and my belly goes hard all over, honestly I look about 6 months at night!
Anyone else have this? It's kind of inconvenient as I am still trying to keep it secret and I work in the evenings, I think someone will spot it soon! Lucky I have a week off now for Easter so I can keep hidden for a few more days!
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