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The Angelsounds Fetal Doppler is a great device for all pregnant ladies. It provides reassurance especially during the 2nd Trimester of pregnancy.
This handheld device can be bought from Amazon and Ebay brand new at around £28.99, which usually includes handheld doppler, 2x headphones, ultrasound gel, a cable to allow you to listen and record through your PC or Laptop and instructions. However, i bought mine 2nd hand from Ebay, which is a very popular way to buy and the prices range from around £10-£20 usually depending on condition and accessories.
My Doppler came with the handheld device, 1 set of headphones and cable. Unfortunately no instructions but it was easy to use. For those buying second hand it is recommended to buy new ultrasound get for hygiene reasons which can be purchased again through Ebay or Amazon at a couple of pounds.
The device itself fits snuggly in your hand, usually in the pink design as the picture, but you can get hold of green ones. On the front there is a little heart shape, which just above on the rim is the on/off-Volume switch, there are also 2 holes-these are ready to use for headphones or the PC Cable. On the back of the main unit you'll see the location for the 9V battery and a round solid plastic notch which is the all important ultrasound part (Obviously, if second hand, make sure it's had a good clean without damaging any units).
It is also worth noting at this point that the device works best with the ultrasound gel, others have reported to use baby oil but am unable to confirm myself. During the earlier stages of pregnancy it is unlikely to hear anything without the gel.
The device advertises as being able to hear the baby's heartbeat from 12 weeks of pregnancy, this is just a guideline as it has been reported by other pregnant mum's to hear it earlier and some took a little longer before they heard, I was 14 weeks when i bought the Doppler and was able to find the heartbeat. It does depend on the position of baby, the mothers size etc.
When I first used mine, I inserted the headset and switched on the unit. I first tried the unit without gel and just got a lot of muffling sound, I then applied a generous amount of ultrasound gel (you may have to reapply every so often) and placed on the lower part of my tummy underneath the belly button and moved it around slowly until I heard the faint whooshing of the heartbeat. The little baby did move around and I did have to keep moving the doppler to follow it, you can hear several different sounds as you move it along. I and my partner did try it out on our chests as well to see the difference between our own and baby's heartbeat.
Sometimes when you first start using the doppler you may find you have some loud white noise as the doppler meets with the tummy and as baby grows the heartbeat generally gets louder. It's also worth remembering that it's not always easy to locate the heartbeat and must use with caution.
I haven't yet used it on the laptop, but as PC's/laptops models differ I would imagine it would depend on each media centre.
There are several other Dopplers on the market, some are unable to hear the heartbeat until 28weeks and others are much more expensive and high-tech either through rental or being bought, this is why I think the AngelSounds is such a great all rounder. Its great reassurance for those weeks before mum can feel baby moving a long afterwards. It's very lightweight and surprisingly sturdy for its lightness, great way to keep dad and other children involved and a much cheaper alternative.