Fetal Dopplers

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Fetal Dopplers are an important new technology in the world of home-based fetal monitoring. Dopplers are ultrasound devices that monitor the unborn baby's heartbeat. They work according to the principles of ultrasound: millions of sound waves are sent from the Doppler through the mother's belly, where they contact the fetus. Upon contact, the waves are then reflected, or echoed, back to the Doppler.

The high quantity of waves enables the Doppler to create a real-time image of the fetus, as well as track its movements and heart activity. It should be noted that these waves pose no risk to either the mother or the fetus. Years of testing by the world's most esteemed medical organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic, have proven this technology to be safe as well as effective.

How Fetal Dopplers Can Help

Fetal Doppler monitors are essential to early diagnosis of a myriad of potential prenatal problems. These can range from irregular fetal heartbeat to serious but preventable congenital problems such as fetal infections. They can even detect the presence of twins and other multiple pregnancies. Regarding the mother, fetal Dopplers can clue doctors in to the presence of intrauterine problems such as bleeding or intrauterine growth retardation, which, if left untreated, could pose a risk to the pregnancy.

The benefit of fetal Dopplers, of course, is that they provide vital information on the health status of mother and child early on in the pregnancy. This early warning enables the immediate correction of any prenatal problems, ensuring a safe and healthy baby. Besides serving as alerts to possible problems, Dopplers also give parents an important sense of control over their pregnancy information, as well as peace of mind that everything is functioning normally.


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