Good news! I had my 20-week scan, and the little girl (!) in my belly seems to be happy and healthy, at least as far as the echoscopist could tell at this stage. Hurray!! It was of course a major relief, especially given the doubtful scan I had had at 12 weeks… And I’m super excited!
I’m also feeling the baby really well now — of course I had been feeling little things before twenty weeks, but nothing compared to the clear kicks even my husband can now feel on the outside! Even though we just saw our baby alive and well on the hospital screen, it is always nice to feel the baby’s movements just to prove she’s doing alright in there. I admit that in my first two pregnancies I sometimes poked my belly to make the quiet baby inside of me move, just to put my overly worried mind at ease. Poor baby!
Thankfully, I now have an AngelSounds fetal heart detector at home so I don’t have to disturb my little girl in her fetal sleeps. I can hear her heartbeat at every moment I please, no hospital or midwife needed!
The device is easy to hold in one hand, and comes with a headphone (more fancy models are available with a built-in speaker). There’s also a second socket so another headphone can be attached (nice for your husband, parents or older children), or, very cool, a recording cable so you can record your baby’s heartbeat on the computer. No kidding, listen to my baby’s heartbeat here. Sweet, don’t you think??
So if you’re an overly worried pregnant mama like me, or know one, do yourself a favour and get an AngelSounds doppler. Mine comes from Dutch web-shop ZoZwanger, but they are available more places worldwide. Money well spent; you can hear the heartbeat from 12 weeks onwards!
Just thought you should be aware of this warning about at-home foetal heart rate monitors:
It goes without saying that you should never draw your own conclusions! If you think something is wrong with the baby you should immediately go and see your midwife/doctor….
Congratulations on your little girl! I have a 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son, I know how exciting it is! Take care and take it easy.
Esther, wat fijn om te horen dat jouw 20 weken echo ook goed was! En een meisje! Heel leuk. Geniet er van de komende weken, dat wordt shoppen 🙂 Ik heb vandaag ook het eerste truitje durven kopen, wel unisex aangezien wij niet weten wat het is 🙁 Maar heel leuk weer, zo’n ieniemienie-maatje.
Fantastic news! Congratulations.
listening to your baby’s heartbeat brought back such sweet memories! Congrats on your healthy baby girl x
Thanks girls!! And yes, isn’t that heartbeat recording sweet…
Congratulations Esther! Such beautiful news!
I bought a fetal heart monitor from a mail order 9 years ago when pregnant with my oldest. I thought it would allay my anxiety – I am neurotic when pregnant, constantly worrying. I am sure the technology is better now because it caused me even more anxiety – I could never seem to get it working! I kept going to the doctors just so I could hear the heartbeat. Eventually my husband threw it out! (-: