The BabyDoppler app can be used in three ways to help women along their pregnancy journeys.
From tracking important fetus health information, such as baby kicks, to sharing your baby’s heartbeat, there’s features every mother-to-be can use.
Read on to learn the three ways you can use the BabyDoppler app.
How to Use the BabyDoppler App
Before we get into the three useful and fun ways you can use the BabyDoppler app, you first need to create an account and fill out your baby profile. Here’s how:
- Download the BabyDoppler app in the Apple or Google Play store.
- Create an account.
- Customize your profile with details like your birthday and health information.
- Create a baby profile. Fill out details such as your baby’s due date, gender and name.
Based on this data, the app will determine where you’re at on your pregnancy journey. Each week, you’ll be updated with a visual of how big your baby is (ex. “your baby is the size of a mango”). You’ll also learn about upcoming pregnancy milestones you can expect, such as gender reveal or movement starting.
#1 Count Kicks
The BabyDoppler app helps you easily record kicks no matter where you are.
Counting movements is important because it gives you an indication of your baby’s health. By tracking kicks, rolls and other actions, you can determine patterns. This makes it easier to tell when something is wrong. For example, if your baby usually has 10 movements in 1 hour and there’s only been 1 in 2 hours, you know to contact your doctor.
Simply put: counting kicks is a red flag detector.
If you start counting around 28 weeks, you’re looking for 10 movements in 2 hours or less. This is the counting guideline recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Movement will start earlier than 28 weeks. However, in the beginning, movements will be fewer and less pronounced, meaning you shouldn’t use this guideline in the early stages.
Many doctors tell pregnant patients to monitor their kicks, especially if they’re high risk. It’s suggested to count movements once a day.
How to Use the BabyDoppler App to Count Kicks:
- Open the app.
- Tap “Kick Counter” at the bottom of the screen.
- Sit or lay down on your side and click start.
- Let the kick counter run. You’ll get a notification when 2 hours is up. During this time, choose a relaxing activity that allows you to pay attention to kicks. Examples include watching TV, reading, calming hobbies, etc.
- Press and hold the countdown notification to “Add 1 Kick” every time you feel a movement. Movements include kicks, rolls, swishes, flutter, jabs, pushes, etc. Hiccups do not count.
- Continue adding kicks until you reach 10 kicks. At this time, you’ll see your recorded amount of time to reach that count.
- If it takes you 2 hours to count movements, you’ll see that the session has completed with your recorded number of movements.
- Take time to reflect on your recording each session. If you’re 28 weeks or more, have you met the guideline of 10 kicks within 2 hours or less?
As you begin to build a log, you’ll likely see patterns. For example, maybe your active baby is meeting the count within a half-hour most times but now she’s not moving at all. After two hours, you realize there’s still no kicks. At this point, you should call your doctor.
If you’re not feeling movement, you can try some simple tricks to get the baby moving, like:
- Raising your blood sugar by having a snack or drink
- Moving your body with some light activity like jogging on the spot or even some light stretching
- Gently pushing your belly in the later stages of pregnancy (your baby may push back!)
- Playing music
- Talking to your baby
Although it doesn’t always mean something is wrong, a sudden change in movement, especially during late pregnancy, should be considered a big red flag. Contact your doctor for advice.
#2 Record Fetal Doppler Heartbeat
You can also use the BabyDoppler App to record your baby’s heartbeat. All you’ll need is a fetal doppler.
Fetal dopplers are at-home devices you can use to monitor your baby’s heartbeat. Most women can detect their fetus around 12 weeks, but some may find it earlier or later.
Once you have your doppler, you can open the BabyDoppler app and tap “Record” at the bottom of the screen. Tap the “i” icon at the top to see a helpful how-to video on how to use the heartbeat monitor.
The most critical part of correctly using a fetal doppler is learning how to determine the correct sound. At the beginning, you’ll notice other noises, such as the womb or your own heartbeat. But with some time, you’ll be able to find your baby’s heartrate.
If the screen picks up a beat 120bpm and above, it’s likely a fetal heart rate. Some people describe the sound as galloping horses. To help you learn what it will sound like, use the reference guide inside the app. Comparing these to what you hear can help you know if you’re picking up the right noise.
Recording your baby’s heartbeat is a good idea for a few reasons. Many mothers want to track their baby’s heartbeat to notice patterns. Like kick counting, knowing patterns can help you know when something is wrong. This can trigger you to contact your doctor who can determine if something changed.
How to Use the BabyDoppler App to Record Fetal Heartbeat:
- Open the BabyDoppler App.
- Tap “New Recording” at the top of the screen.
- Follow the instructions on how to properly use a fetal doppler.
- Tap “Tap to Record” when you detect the heartbeat.
- Listen and evaluate your sound recording. If it’s good, tap “Submit.” If you want to try again, click “Re-Record” and follow the steps again for a clearer version.
Tap the “Record” icon at the bottom of the screen to view a list of your past recordings.
#3 Share Your Beats
One of the coolest features of the BabyDoppler app is that it allows you to share your baby’s heartbeat with the world. It’s like her way of saying “hello” to everyone before she’s even born!
How to Use the BabyDoppler App to Share Heartbeat:
- After you’ve recorded your baby’s heartbeat, click “Share Progress with Family” at the top.
- Save to your files or use the icons for other sharing and copying options.
Share with Doctor or Midwife
If you suspect your baby has an abnormal beat, having a recording of it is helpful to show your doctor or midwife. This way, without an in-person appointment, they may be able to give you advice, including whether you need an emergency visit. It’s also a helpful tool to use during virtual telehealth appointments.
Keep Family Updated
You can send your family a recording of the heartbeat to share how she’s progressing. This is great for friends and family who you can’t see often but still want to be involved. Grandparents and Godparents, in particular, appreciate frequent updates and when it’s in the form of a heartbeat, it’s even more special.
You can also use your baby’s heartbeat recording as a way to announce you’re expecting. You can announce pregnancy as early or late as you want, but many women choose around the 12-week mark, giving reasons of miscarriage risks declining.
The 12-week mark is also when many women can first use a fetal doppler with success. This makes it a great option to announce pregnancy for those who wish to wait longer. Instead of sending your friends and family a quick message or card, you can give them a magical memory of a recording.
Share On Social Media with Heartbeat Video
A lot of moms love using their heartbeat recording to share their pregnancy with the rest of the world. Here’s how:
- Use the BabyDoppler app to make your recording and save it to your device.
- Download and open a video editing app such as Magisto Video Editor and Maker.
- Upload pictures of your baby’s sonogram, pregnancy photoshoot and any other visuals.
- Add text indicating your baby’s due date. You can also add titles and write a message for friends, family and followers.
- Upload your baby’s heartbeat recording and add it to your video.
- Save your video.
- Upload video to Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc. You can also email it if you’d prefer to keep it private.
Download the BabyDoppler App in the Apple or Google Play store.
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