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Want to hear your baby’s heartbeat at home?

There’s nothing more special than hearing your baby’s heart beating for the first time. It’s probably one of the most memorable moments of your pregnancy.

Yes, you heard your baby’s heartbeat at your ultrasound this morning, but maybe Dad couldn’t be there to hear it as well – or maybe you just want to listen to the sweet sound again.

No need to book another doctor’s appointment, just download one of these apps to your phone and listen to your baby’s heartbeat whenever you want to.

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Hear My Baby Heartbeat Monitor Pregnancy App

Only available on the App Store for iPhone, R79.99

This app was developed by parents who wanted a trustworthy, safe and easy-to-use way to record their baby’s heartbeat and other sounds.

It may take time to pick up your baby’s heartbeat and it will also depend how your baby is lying in your tummy.

It is possible (but less likely) to hear your baby’s heartbeat from as early as 16 – 20 weeks. The creators of the app say that you’ll definitely be able to hear something from 27 weeks and that the results are best between 30 – 40 weeks as your baby is bigger and stronger.

Is it safe?

Many moms worry that putting the phone so close to their belly might be dangerous for baby – but you can rest assured that it is completely safe to use as long as you follow the instructions. They also recommend putting your phone on airplane mode when doing this.

Click here for more info or visit their Facebook page.

Hear My Baby Heartbeat Monitor Pregnancy App

What moms say:

“Just used this at 31 weeks for the first time today. Quite a bit of noise from me moving about but can definitely hear a heartbeat! Wish I did it sooner.” Shannon Forsyth

“We used this app for years. Brilliant.” Ross Grayle Jones

Bellabeat Shell: Pregnancy App

Available on the App Store for iPhone, Free

Hear your baby’s heartbeat in a few simple steps and make a lifetime memory. This easy-to-use app uses your phone’s microphone in conjunction with algorithms to make it possible for moms and dads-to-be to hear their baby’s heartbeat and other sounds.

Use between 30 – 40 weeks of pregnancy for the best results.

Bellabeat Shell: Pregnancy App

Baby Heartbeats Lite

Available for Android

This app also allows you to listen to your baby’s heartbeat and to record it. The paid version lets you share the recording with friends and family.

Read the instructions here before downloading this app.

Baby Heartbeats Lite

Important note about the apps

It’s really important not to go into a panic just because you can’t heart your baby’s heartbeat, and think that something is wrong. None of these apps are intended to be used as a medical device. If you are worried that something is wrong with your baby, contact your doctor for peace of mind.

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