Couldn't find heartbeat for the first time :: Update: lack of gel was the problem
I was on a very bumpy bus today and I got tossed around a bit so I wanted to make sure that baby was okay when I got home.
I am 11+2 and have found the heartbeat every time I've searched since 9+4 but today it was nowhere to be heard. I was unable to find the Doppler gel and had to use it dry , and am *hoping* that is why I couldn't find it, but am still worried since this has never happened before. OB found it in less than 5 seconds on Wednesday, so it scares me that I can't find it today...
Baby might have changed positions due to being bumped around they can be little fidget bottoms try not to worry as they are very protected in there. I had a scan this week and baby was in an awkward position so sonographer said to get up and wiggle about and sure enough baby changed positions x
I agree with an above post, you *must* use gel. I ran out and briefly used a lotion, it did work by by heck it was so much clearer when my gel came. Im sure all is ok and baby will have loved the bumpy ride At this stage they can still hide, im 12+3 now and sometimes i can find mine then it shoots away!!! It does make me chuckle... xxx
It's not a matter of "should" use gel, you HAVE to. You wont even heard your own pulses without gel. It's essential for the conduction of sound waves.
If you use gel and then can't find it - meh, that's fine too. You're 9+4. After I found mine at 8+3 I lost it until 9+6!!! It's only now at 10+2 that I can find it easily.
Besides the lack of gel, it could be that you wouldn't have found the heartbeat today anyway for whatever reason. You're looking for a really tiny little spot and this early on, you won't necessarily find it every time (or at all, many ladies have to wait until they're a bit further on).
Try not to make yourself too worried about this. The doppler can be a reassuring thing but it can also be a source of confusion and worry. If you're not a medical professional, you're really just taking your best guess on how to use it, so the issue is likely the doppler (no gel) or "operator error" =) The baby is likely just fine if the heartbeat was audible just a few days ago.
Thank you all so very much, and I think you were absolutely right about the gel being the problem. Just looked for baby again at 11+4 and found him within 30 seconds using a water-based lubricant (still haven't found my Doppler gel). Now I know not to even try without gel!
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