Why couldn't I leave well enough alone? I decided to rent one of those home dopplers, to get me through the times between doctor visits. I don't see my doc for another three weeks, and the thought of waiting that long to find out if everything is still okay just made me want to jump out of my skin.
So I decided on StorkRadio, and it arrived yesterday at work (in a conveniently unmarked package -- just like porn!). I was so excited to take it home and listen to the little heartbeat, but I couldn't find it! I tried and tried, and put the wand on every square centimeter of my growing belly. I kept putting on more gel, kept moving the wand, but still no heartbeat. I just heard lots of static and some whooshing sounds that could have been the placenta, but who the hell knows? I moved the wand up to my chest to find my heartbeat, just to make sure the thing was working, and I heard that. Which was, I have to say, kinda cool in itself.
But it's not my heartbeat I'm interested in, now is it? All signs indicate that I'm still alive, but what about the sprite? I rented the doppler to set my mind at ease, but now I'm more worried than before. I'm 10w6d, and the doppler is supposed to be able to pick up the fetal heartbeat as early as 8 weeks. I got the super-sensitive one. Shouldn't I be able to hear it? What should I do? Should I calm down and try again in a few days? Should I call my doctor and beg for an appointment? Any tips on how to locate the heartbeat? If you rented a home doppler, how long did it take you to find the heartbeat?