Fetal Heart Ultrasound - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Nithin Jayan
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB
Last Updated on Aug 27, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I approach for Fetal Heart Ultrasound?

You can visit an Obstetrician and Gynecologist or a Pediatric cardiologist to monitor the fetal heart rate.

2. What are the problems with standard practices of Fetal Monitoring?

Standard fetal monitoring is usually used on everyone. However, this does not improve fetal or maternal outcome; it only tends to increase the cesarean rates. Fetoscope or Doppler is just as effective in predicting fetal well-being.

3. When can I start using the baby Doppler?

From the 12th week of the pregnancy. Everyone is different, so not finding your baby's heartbeat early isn't a reason to panic. Most mothers-to-be are able to hear the fetal heartbeat from the 14th week.

4. Are Dopplers safe to use?

Investigations have be end one on both the noise produced in utero and the heat produced by ultrasound, and no problems have ever been detected from its use in babies or mothers. There is no reason to feel uncomfortable about the use of ultrasound during pregnancy. It is recommended that you consult your doctor, if you have any concerns about the use of the Doppler.

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