I worked from home earlier this week and decided that was the day I'd finally give in and use the home doppler my friend sent me. I knew that it might cause more anxiety than joy and boy was I right! For me, it was a *terrible* idea! I tried twice without any luck and finally, a few hours later, I was able to find what I assume is the baby's heartbeat, but even then I wasn't absolutely sure. There was a nice strong heartbeat in the 140's and I decided to just assume it was the baby's and be done with the doppler!
Many people have had luck with it, but I think I'm putting it away for good. For those of you who have used one with great success, any tips or tricks? I just kept getting random "heartbeats" all over the place, which I assume were actually veins or arteries or maybe even my heartbeat?
Hopefully we'll have a good ultrasound next week and soon I'll be able to feel movements, which I can use for reassurance. I thought I'd be okay during this couple week gap without ultrasounds, but I'll admit to having a lot of anxiety about whether our little girl is still alive. I haven't had any signs to indicate that she isn't, but my head just keeps going there.
In an effort to distract myself and keep exercising, I set a goal for my 2nd trimester of walking 10,000 steps each day. I have a FitBit that I love and am addicted to. In my "normal" life, I run marathons and have finished a few Ironmans, so I'm very goal-oriented and even though 10,000 steps should not be that hard to reach, I've found it very motivating. On days when I want to just curl up and read or watch TV, I force myself to get out for a run or a walk and I never regret it. Anyway, it's a great distraction.
One week until our next ultrasound... not that I'm counting!