The discussion on whether or not pregnant women should use a baby heartbeat monitor does not look like it will end anytime soon. The reality is that we all know that we do not suddenly become an OB-GYN just because we are pregnant, which means that we don’t really know what we’re doing or listening out for when we use a baby heart monitor. At the same time, we want to be able to know that our unborn baby is okay at all times, and since these monitors are available for around $30, it actually seems silly not to have one.
Medical professionals understand that the nine months of pregnancy are worrying times, and that pregnant women will use devices like the heartbeat monitor if they can. This is why it is so important, however, that you choose the best baby heartbeat monitor out there. It should be one that is easy to use, and that only uses ultrasound technology. There is no evidence to suggest that ultrasound is in anyway harmful to an unborn baby, so you can use it safely. Any baby heart monitor that uses technology other than ultrasound should be avoided at all costs.
Secondly, you need to make sure that the device is very easy to use. False readings are not just possible, they are common. This means that you may hear your own heartbeat instead of that of the baby. It is also possible that you will struggle to pick up a heartbeat at all, and that this will cause you to worry, when in actual fact, it just means the baby has turned around and is making it more difficult for you to find the heartbeat. The best baby heartbeat monitor is one that makes it very clear that, if you have any concerns, you need to seek medical attention straight away.