Pregnant during the holidays? You better have your fetal doppler ready!
That’s because there’s many fun things you can do with your fetal doppler during the holiday season. From creating DIY heartbeat gifts to making celebrations more meaningful, the device can make this year even more special.
Keep reading to learn 9 ways to use your fetal doppler during the holidays.
What is a Fetal Doppler For Home?
Fetal dopplers are devices that amplify your baby’s heartbeat while they’re in the womb. Like an ultrasound, you use a probe and gel to detect your baby. Her heart rate is displayed on screen and you can hear it through speakers. The device fits in the palm of your hand and is easy to use.
You’ve probably seen a fetal doppler before during prenatal appointments. Many doctors use fetal dopplers in the office to check the quality of the baby’s heartbeat and assess how she’s developing.
While only trained professionals can use the device to diagnose problems, there’s many benefits to using a fetal doppler for home. Parents love that the device:
- Provides bonding opportunities
- Let’s siblings and partner experience the baby before birth
- Provides another layer of reassurance that their baby is okay
- Can be used during telehealth or long-distance prenatal appointments
How to Use Fetal Doppler Sonoline B
There’s a few simple steps to using your fetal doppler Sonoline B:
- Apply a blob of ultrasound gel on your lower belly
- Stick the probe in the ultrasound gel and turn the device on
- Rock the probe, slowly moving and gliding it to cover every inch of your belly
- Stop when you’ve detected your baby’s heartbeat.
- To get full instructions read: How to Use a Fetal Doppler – The Proper Way
How do you know if you’ve detected your baby’s heartbeat? Sometimes parents get confused between the sound of the heartbeat and other noises, like placenta. There’s a few tricks you can use to determine if the noise you’ve detected is actually the heartbeat. To learn more, read: Heartbeat or Another Noise? 8 Tips to Discern Fetal Doppler Noises
9 Ways to Use a Fetal Doppler During the Holidays
If you’re pregnant this holiday season, make sure you have a fetal doppler handy! There’s plenty of ways the device can elevate your family’s celebrations.
Add To Your Wishlist
A fetal doppler makes a great gift for anyone pregnant! For an affordable price of $49.95, you can give the gift of bonding. If you don’t have a fetal doppler yet, add it to your wish list this year. It will make Christmas morning magical. After you unwrap your device, you can share the heartbeat with your whole family.
Share the Experience at Family Gatherings
Bring your fetal doppler to your holiday family gatherings. This way, your baby can be part of the party before she’s even born. Your family members will be excited to “meet” your baby and hear her heartbeat for the first time. Simply set up your device in another room and call everyone in to hear when you’ve found the heartbeat. They’ll be able to hear the heartbeat through speakers and see the fetal heart rate on screen.
Since only partners typically attend ultrasound appointments, your other family members miss out on the opportunity. A fetal doppler is a good way to bring that experience home. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles-to-be will appreciate getting a glimpse of their future family member.
Use Fetal Doppler to Connect with Long-Distance Relatives
You can also use your fetal doppler to connect with long-distance relatives during the holidays. Family and friends that live far away may have trouble feeling connected with you and your pregnancy. It can be even harder to feel bonded with the baby. This can be a particular challenge for grandparents or aunts who want to be involved every step of the way. And when it comes to the holidays, they may feel left out.
With a fetal doppler, you can allow your long-distance family and friends to hear your baby. There’s a couple of ways to do this.
- Make a Holiday FaceTime Date. Whether on Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or during Hanukkah, pick a special time when your long-distance family member is available. Choose a comfortable area where you can recline and FaceTime them so they can see you. Set up your fetal doppler. When you detect the heartbeat, adjust your phone so they can clearly hear the heartbeat and see the fetal heart rate on screen.
- Send a Recording. Another easy way to allow a long-distance friend to experience your baby is by sending them a heartbeat clip. Once you’ve detected the heartbeat, open your BabyDoppler app and use the recording feature. Save your recording and email it.
Send Holiday Heartbeat Recording in an eCard
You can also use a heartbeat recording in a holiday eCard. This is a great idea if you send mass eCards to your family members during the holidays. Here’s how to make a holiday heartbeat eCard:
- Use the BabyDoppler app to record your baby’s heartbeat
- Download the audio file onto your phone
- Upload the audio file on a site like Dropbox
- Paste the shareable link to the file into your holiday eCard
Gift a Heartbeat Keepsake Video
Here’s another way to use your heartbeat recording during the holidays: Make a heartbeat video and gift it! Combine your baby’s heartbeat audio with text, photos, music, videos, and written messages to create a keepsake gift for a family member or friend. Customize the gift video with your friend’s name and some sweet words about their future role in your baby’s life.
To get a step-by-step guide on how to make a heartbeat video—including a full list of ideas—read DIY Heartbeat Video Keepsake with Fetal Doppler Sonoline B.
Make a Social Media Holiday Video
You can also use your heartbeat recording to make a holiday video and post it on social media. Wish all your family, friends, or followers a Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/New Year’s in video form.
Combine your heartbeat audio file with:
- A holiday message, wish, or blessing
- Holiday music
- Family Christmas photos
- Christmas maternity photos
When you’re finished, upload your video to Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. Make sure to tag us @babydoppler so we can see your creations!
Use Fetal Doppler for Holiday Pregnancy Announcement
If you want to announce your pregnancy during the holidays, use a fetal doppler to make it memorable! Getting the good news is exciting enough, but getting to hear your baby’s heartbeat makes the experience magical for the whole family.
Fetal dopplers start working around 12 weeks; when many choose to announce their pregnancies. If you’ve waited until then, sneak off during a holiday gathering. Choose a place you can recline and use your fetal doppler. If you want, you can also decorate the area with holiday pregnancy décor. When you’ve detected your baby’s heartbeat, call in your family for the big surprise!
Use Fetal Doppler in Holiday Maternity Photos
Fetal dopplers also make a fantastic prop for holiday maternity photoshoots. No matter your backdrop, consider using your device in a few shots. Take a few photos of yourself using your probe on your baby belly. Then have your photographer zoom into the screen to capture the fetal heart rate.
Use While Traveling During the Holidays
Fetal Doppler Sonoline B devices are also great tools to take with you while you travel. During the holidays, you might feel anxious spending time away from your doctor. In the event something goes wrong, you want to know your doctor will be by your side.
Fetal dopplers provide a way for you to share information with your healthcare provider. Although you should seek immediate care for emergencies, sometimes it’s hard to know if something’s wrong or if you’re just being paranoid.
If you suspect a problem on holiday vacation, you can record the heartbeat noise and send it to your doctor for advice. If your doctor listens and has concerns, they can suggest going to the local emergency center. Although most mothers remain healthy when they travel, having a fetal doppler can decrease anxiety about something going wrong.
Summary: Use Fetal Doppler Sonoline B During the Holidays
Fetal dopplers allow you to hear your baby’s heartbeat using a probe and ultrasound gel. Many parents say using the device helps them bond with their baby. It also provides another layer of reassurance that their baby is okay.
Using a fetal doppler during the holidays is extra special. You can use the device to announce pregnancy, during holiday photoshoots, and to create special holiday gifts. Fetal dopplers are also wonderful to use during holiday family gatherings. Family members and friends love getting to hear the heartbeat; a rare opportunity to experience the baby before she’s born.
Don’t Miss a Beat This Holiday. Get a Fetal Doppler Today!