If you are an expectant mom, one of the most memorable moments of your pregnancy is when you hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
Many moms-to-be want to share those magical first heartbeats with expectant siblings, friends and family members using a home baby Doppler, sometimes called a fetal heart monitor.
Fetal heart monitors use ultrasound technology that sends low-power sound waves into your body. The sound waves pass through your skin and tissue and are reflected by your baby’s heart.
The monitor uses special conductive gel and Doppler technology to create a simulation of your baby’s heartbeat that can be heard through a speaker or headphones.
Baby Dopplers – No Known Risks
According to the Mayo Clinic, diagnostic ultrasound technology is safe because it uses low-power sound waves that pose “no known risks” to an unborn baby. Ultrasound/Doppler technology has been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for continued use for pregnant women and fetuses.
And, fetal heart monitors have been used for 30 years by OB/GYN doctors without a single documented negative event or side effect.
The 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor uses the same safe, low-exposure ultrasound technology that has been used in OB/GYN offices and has been thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA. However, not all fetal heart monitors are created equal.
The Safety Differences Between Our Fetal Heart Monitor And 2D, 3D and 4D Ultrasounds
Although basic fetal heart monitors such as the 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor are safe, the FDA and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) have issued separate statements warning against the use of 2D and 3D image ultrasound devices, as well as 4D devices used to create “keepsake” fetal videos.
According to the FDA, prolonged exposure to high levels of ultrasound can cause physical effects in tissue, “such as mechanical vibrations and rise in temperature.” The AIUM stated that there is no evidence that these effects are harmful to a fetus, but noted that the clinical significance is not yet known.
Both the AIUM and the FDA discourage the use of ultrasound technology for entertainment purposes.
Beware Of Baby Heart Monitor Smartphone Apps!
There are also a number of free smartphone apps on the market that claim to allow you to monitor your baby’s heartbeat after 32 weeks gestation.
Although no organizations have taken a position on the safety, accuracy or legitimacy of these apps, using them could mean exposing your baby to electromagnetic radiation and potentially harmful frequencies such as 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Importance of FDA Registration
It is important that you purchase a product that is manufactured by a FDA-registered company at a FDA-registered facility. The 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor is manufactured at a FDA-registered facility that also manufactures medical-grade devices used in U.S. hospitals.
By purchasing your fetal heart monitor from a reputable, fully registered company, you can be sure that you are getting the best, safest technology that meets the industry’s highest standards.
At 1790, we understand how important it is for you to be able to share the magical moments of your pregnancy with your loved ones. When you purchase a 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor, you can rest assured that you will be purchasing the safest, most effective technology on the market.