When your new fetal heart monitor arrived, you were probably feeling very excited to hear your baby’s heartbeat for the first time. Maybe you gathered your partner, a friend or another loved one to experience this milestone with you.
But, when you attempted to use the monitor, all you heard was a bunch of static (or perhaps your grumbling tummy).
Although this is understandably disappointing and maybe even a bit scary, it is not necessarily cause for alarm. There are several common reasons why you might not be able to find your baby’s heartbeat using the 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor, including:
Although some moms can hear a heartbeat as early as the 8th or 10th week of pregnancy, our fetal heart monitor is recommended for use after the 16th week when your baby’s heartbeat is stronger and much easier to hear.
Sometimes, the position of the probe or the position of the baby can make it harder to pick up a heartbeat. Our illustrated booklet can provide you with some guidance about the recommended probe positioning at each stage of your pregnancy.
Our Lubricating Conductive Gel can help to reduce static and enhance the clarity of your baby’s heartbeat. Although our lubricating gel is specially designed to improve the sound quality of any fetal heart monitor, baby oil, olive oil or coconut oil may also help.
In order to find your baby’s heartbeat, you need to move the probe very slowly and gently across your belly. Moving the probe too fast may cause you to pass the heartbeat without realizing it.
If you want to verify that the fetal heart monitor is working, you can test it by trying to find your own heartbeat. Finding your own heartbeat will help you get used to how the device works and give you a chance to practice.
The 1790 Fetal Heart Monitor is designed to provide moms and dads with the amazing experience of closeness and bonding with their unborn baby. Because it is not intended to be used as a medical device, you should be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your baby.
Even if you can’t find your baby’s heartbeat today, you should try again in a few days. Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of practice—and patience.