WARNING: A Home Baby Heart Monitor May Do More Harm Than Good

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If you have a high risk pregnancy you may be thinking of purchasing or renting a home baby heart monitor for peace of mind.

You may want to rethink that idea before doing so.

Here are some valid reasons for changing your mind:


  • It takes practice to learn how to tell the difference between a baby’s heartbeat and amniotic fluid swishing or blood flowing. Listening to your baby’s heartbeat isn’t as easy to do as you might think.
  • Home baby heart monitors can lull you into a sense of false security as it did with one 38-year-old mom-to-be whose baby stopped moving on a Friday. She heard what she thought was a heartbeat on the baby heart monitor that she had, and since her pregnancy had not been plagued with problems, she waited until her doctor’s appointment on Monday to mention anything to her doctor. By then, it was too late and her baby had died.


Still think a baby heart monitor might be for you despite the problems it can present?

Be sure to read Pros and Cons of Using Fetal Dopplers & Heart Monitors to Track Your Baby’s Growth at Home.