Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about our fetal dopplers. Don’t forget, you can always reach out to our friendly staff via the live chat window or emails if you have any questions or concerns.

A fetal doppler is a handheld ultrasound device that uses sound waves to detect the heartbeat of a fetus in the uterus. The device works by transmitting high-frequency sound waves into the abdomen of a pregnant woman via a probe or transducer. These sound waves bounce off the fetal heart and are detected by the same probe. The returning sound waves are then processed by the doppler device to create an audible sound of the fetal heartbeat.

Fetal dopplers can generally be used at home after 9 or 12 weeks of pregnancy, when the fetal heartbeat can be reliably detected.
A fetal doppler can provide an opportunity for you to bond with your baby and feel more connected during your pregnancy. It can also offer reassurance and peace of mind, allowing you to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and confirm that they’re doing well.

Fetal dopplers are classified as medical devices and must meet certain safety standards to be approved by regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, it’s important to note that fetal dopplers should be used responsibly and with guidance from a healthcare provider. Overuse of a fetal doppler or relying on it too heavily for reassurance can potentially cause unnecessary anxiety and stress for the mother. It’s recommended to use a fetal doppler for brief periods of time and to limit use to no more than once per day. It’s also important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and seek guidance from a healthcare provider if there are any concerns or questions about using a fetal doppler.

While a fetal doppler is generally a reliable tool for monitoring fetal heart rate, it is possible to get false readings. Factors that can contribute to false readings include the position of the baby, the position of the placenta, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the mother’s own heartbeat.

No, an at-home fetal doppler should not be used as a replacement for ultrasound. While fetal dopplers can be a helpful tool for monitoring fetal heart rate at home, they are not as accurate as ultrasound and cannot provide the same level of diagnostic information as medical ultrasound. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the fetus and can detect potential abnormalities, while fetal dopplers only detect the fetal heart rate. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider and receive regular medical care during pregnancy, including ultrasounds, to ensure the health and safety of both the mother and the baby.

Yes, you should apply gel before using a fetal doppler, just like during an ultrasound. The gel helps to improve the transmission of sound waves from the probe of the doppler to your skin, allowing for better detection of the fetal heartbeat. The gel also helps to eliminate air pockets between the probe and your skin, which can interfere with the accuracy of the readings.

No, fetal dopplers do not emit any radiation. They work by using ultrasound technology to detect the fetal heartbeat. Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves that are safe for both the mother and the baby. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, which can be harmful to the body. So, you can use a fetal doppler without worrying about radiation exposure.

If you hear two separate heartbeats with a fetal doppler, it could indicate that you are pregnant with twins or multiples. However, it’s important to note that the presence of two heartbeats alone may not necessarily indicate a multiple pregnancy, as there are other healths conditions causing the same results.