A new app and device promises to let you hear your developing baby’s heartbeat without the use of a doctor’s ultrasound device. It’s called Shell, and it was developed by Bellabeat. The free app, available now on Apple’s App store, uses the microphone on your cellphone to listen to the baby’s heart.
How early can you hear baby heartbeat with app?
We recommend listening to your baby’s heartbeat from week 25 of your pregnancy but for best results, we recommend using the Shell App while 30 – 40 weeks pregnant. In some instances, if the baby is still and in a convenient position, it is possible to hear the heartbeat even from the 18th week.
Is there a way to hear my baby’s heartbeat at home?
It’s possible to hear the heartbeat at home using a stethoscope. Unfortunately, you can’t hear it as early as you can with an ultrasound or fetal Doppler. With a stethoscope, a baby’s heartbeat is often detectable between the 18th and 20th week. Stethoscopes are designed to amplify small sounds.
Do baby heartbeat apps really work?
Our midwife Kate strongly advises against using home devices for ‘reassurance’, or mobile apps that falsely claim to be able to monitor your baby’s heartbeat.
Can you feel a baby’s heartbeat through your stomach?
Some women report feeling a pulse in their stomach when they’re pregnant. While this might feel like your baby’s heartbeat, it’s actually just the pulse in your abdominal aorta. When you’re pregnant, the amount of blood circulating around your body dramatically increases.
Can you hear the placenta with no heartbeat?
If you only hear the placental sound with the mother’s rate it does not tell you that the fetus is still alive. If you hear the placental sounds at the fetal rate (differentiated by checking the mother’s pulse at the same time as listening) you can assume that the fetus is alive.
What is the best app to hear baby’s heartbeat?
The Shell app from Bellabeat lets you hear your baby’s heartbeat whenever you want.
Why does it feel like a baby kicking but not pregnant?
It’s possible to have sensations that feel like a baby kicking when you aren’t pregnant. Several normal movements in a woman’s body can mimic a baby’s kicks. This includes gas, muscle contractions, and peristalsis—the wave-like motions of intestinal digestion. Women often refer to the sensation as phantom kicks.