I am 15 weeks and just borrowed a Doppler from my friend to listen to the babies heartbeat. She forgot to put the ultrasound gel in the box with it, but she said it will work without it I just wouldn't be able to hear it as clearly.
I have tried lying down and sitting up but can't seem to hear anything at all, is this normal or do I need the gel? And also am I supposed to press down on my stomach with the Doppler?
Would love to hear from anyone else who is currently 15 weeks and see any of your bump pics? I am constantly comparing myself to all of you on here! Can feel my bump is about to pop out any day now, it just feels fat at the moment but really starting to round now.
Any help is appreciated.
(by the way I heard a really strong heartbeat on ultrasound at my 12 week scan 3 weeks ago)
I have heard of people using baby oil... although i don't know if that works. With my doppler I didn't have to push down on tummy to much. Although At 15w it still may be early to pick up hb on lo with doppler. I would suggest trying different areas of your belly just in case lo is in a funny position. I have found that you can buy Aquasonic gel through amazon pretty cheap(around 6 bucks) which is what I used to use and it worked great for me.
At 15 weeks mine was just above my pubic bone, so take your pants down if you can and listen just above your area, move tiny spaces around middle area until you hear it. Try baby oil or vaseline moisturiser!! I heard it the first time I bought mine at 13 weeks with a cheap AngelSounds so you shouldn't have an issue.
Aloe vera gel, ky jelly, lotion, or baby oil all work. You will be able to hear much better if you use something to amplify the sound. My baby's heartbeat was also just above my hair line around 15 weeks. So try around that area, moving slowly side to side a little at a time. It will probably be just right or just left of center.
My midwife could feel the baby at 15/16 weeks so she just sat it on top of him/her. He/she was above my hair line below my belly button (moving around a ton that day). My midwife didn't push down very much when she found it. Just a little pressure.
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