Bees who declined/did not have ultrasound throughout pregnancy

posted 3 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Why would you want to decline ultrasounds?!! They can help identify medical issues which can be managed/treated in order to save the life of your baby?! They are completely harmless to baby and, should any non-treatable issues be found, you don’t have to take any action if you don’t want to (but doctors will know and be able to provide you with extra support).

I don’t mean to sound judgemental, but there is literally no downside to having ultrasounds but they could just save the life of you and/or your baby.

chillbee29 :  

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My sister had limited ultrasounds. Haven’t heard of anyone having none though!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I know someone who had that plan and as a result they didn’t know they were having twins until 2 weeks before they were born. It could have been very dangerous as the twins were very premature.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

There’s no medical reason not to.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

chillbee29 :  Of course ultrasounds for non-medical purposes are discouraged, but in general, the benefits still vastly outweigh the risks. Advocating against them entirely is dangerous and misleading.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Why would you get ultrasounds that weren’t necessary? Who would even be performing them? I don’t understand 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

chillbee29 :  Regardless of whether you were advocating or not, advocating for it is dangerous, and suggesting uncertainty or that it would be at all reasonable not to have ultrasounds when available (barring extraordinary circumstances) is irresponsible, as it would be irresponsible to post asking for people’s experiences in not vaccinating their children.

There are women that don’t have ultrasounds (see below), but that is typically because, in the case of developing countries, they and their community lack the resources for an ultrasound.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47729118

Post # 12
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Newbee

From the articles you posted:

“Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body…there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging”.

“Ultrasound imaging has been used for over 20 years and has an excellent safety record“.

“It is based on non-ionizing radiation, so it does not have the same risks as X-rays or other types of imaging systems that use ionizing radiation”.

“While ultrasound is generally considered to be safe with very low risks, the risks may increase with unnecessary prolonged exposure to ultrasound energy, or when untrained users operate the device”.

“It is convenient, painless, yields immediate, extensive results, and is widely considered to be safe

“The general belief exists that diagnostic ultrasound (DUS) does not pose any risk to the pregnant patient nor to her fetus“.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

Pregnancy doesn’t involve that many ultrasounds to begin with. You get one first trimester to confirm you’re pregnant and it’s not ectopic or anything. You get one at 20 weeks, which is the anatomy scan to check for any issues. You get one later on to confirm baby’s position and maybe one when you get to the hospital in labor to confirm baby’s position. That’s it. People can sign up to do all the elective 3-d imaging ones, but your OB isn’t doing ultrasounds every week or anything. 

 

Read your article- I think it’s talking about the 3-d ultrasounds that you can get at non medical buildings or ordering a Doppler on amazon and sticking it to your belly for hours at a time. My OB uses the Doppler for about 10 seconds to get the baby’s heartbeat and then it’s done. I can’t imagine any tissue is heated and any damage is done in that amount of time, by a medically trained professional, with a medical grade device. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

I’m in the UK, where it is standard to only have an ultrasound at 12 and 20 weeks if you are low risk. I am 38 weeks pregnant with a high risk pregnancy so have had many more than that. I have no concerns whatsoever as a result of having had so many ultrasounds.

If you didn’t have any ultrasounds you could have e.g. undiagnosed placenta previa which could be life threatening to both you and baby (trying to deliver naturally could result in you bleeding to death). The benefits exceed any minimal risks by a country mile. As far as I know, any questions that do exist are relating to the 3D/4D ultrasound technology (which is relatively recent), but that there are no concerns about traditional 2D ultrasounds which have been in use for decades.

Also, I’m not sure about the position where you are, but refusing routine and accepted antenatal care might be flagged to social services as a putting child at risk issue. chillbee29 :  

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