Dani Dyer has warned fellow pregnant women against using at-home heart beat detection devices, called fetal dopplers, after her experience with one left her “anxious” and “stressed”.
The 24 year old former Love Island star, who is expecting her first child with boyfriend Sammy Kimmence, advised against using a doppler as she shared a video of one on her Instagram story.
In the clip, Dani had the at-home fetal doppler device, which was pink and white, on her grey carpeted floor as she urged fans to think twice before buying one of their own.
Speaking to her 3.3million followers from behind the camera mum-to-be Dani, who recently celebrated her 24th birthday, explained: “Girls, I ordered one of these, a fetal doppler. Listen, nothing against it, some people are really lucky in finding heartbeats in six weeks.
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“I tried this at home, it made me ill. If you are a bit of a worrier like me I just really don’t recommend them because if you can’t find the heartbeat you’re then stressing about it, I know I was, so yeah just please save your money and don’t order one of them because it really stressed me out.”
Writing on top of the image, Dani reiterated her point as she said: “Some people are really lucky finding the baby’s heartbeat!
“But if you are a worrier like me and it’s gonna make you more anxious I don’t recommend ordering one” followed by a red heart emoji.
She added: “Some people can really find the heartbeat! But it stressed me out when I couldn’t find the heartbeat and was on the phone booking a scan so yeah just a little heads up.”
Love Island winner Dani isn’t the only one who doesn’t recommend the product, either.
As baby loss charity Tommy’s also warns against using the devices.
Tommy’s Midwifery Manager Kate said: “Hearing your baby’s heartbeat is precious and reassuring for many parents; however it is important that only midwives and trained health professionals use a doppler to listen in.
“When using a hand held doppler it is possible for there to be some confusion with the mother’s own heartbeat and pulsing of the placenta which can be doubled to sound like the baby’s heartbeat. This means that when you listen in, you may not be hearing the baby’s heartbeat at all and can be falsely reassured.
“It is also very difficult to listen to the baby’s heartbeat before about 14-16 weeks, so if you are unable to hear it, this may cause lots of unnecessary panic and anxiety.
“Keeping an eye on your baby’s movements is the best way for parents to monitor their wellbeing. If you have any concerns about your baby’s movements; whether they have slowed down or changed pattern, you must contact your maternity unit immediately to be monitored properly.”
While the NHS also warns: “Do not use a home doppler (heartbeat listening kit) to try to check the baby’s heartbeat yourself.
“This is not a reliable way to check your baby’s health. Even if you hear a heartbeat, this does not mean your baby is well.”