Today I had my next midwife appointment at just over 21 weeks. This appointment was not a long one and the usual bits were checked – my blood pressure which was slightly low but not enough to be worried about, my urine which was fine and also the baby’s heartbeat. The baby’s heartbeat was the best bit as you could hear it go up and down which the midwife said was the sign of a very strong heartbeat.
We also spoke about me not feeling the baby at the moment but she was not too concerned and told me to have a warm bath or watch for movement in bed – she said as this is my first I may not notice unless I really concentrate as the baby’s movements are still quite hard to feel.
Next appointment in 4 weeks – bloods will be taken this time (routine) and I will also get given a growth chart.
One of my friends suggested getting a Doppler at home to be able to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. I was a little sceptical about getting one as I have heard quite a few negative things about them – mainly they cause unnecessary worry for mum-to-be and midwives are not keen on them at all.
As it was only £20 from Amazon we decided to give it a go. It comes with headphones and a small tube of jelly as well as the instruction leaflet. We spent about 20 minutes trying to find the heartbeat but had no success! It is possibly a little early yet although I have seen some people comment they have found the heartbeat at 10 weeks. At one point we did think we could hear it but then realised it was just my own!! You can tell the difference as your heart beat is a lot slower than that of a baby at 14 weeks.
We may try again in a week or so! We are not worried though as it was only cheap and the hospital equipment probably costs 100 times that in comparison.
Right now I would say they are more trouble than they are worth, will let you know if that changes!