Bees who declined/did not have ultrasound throughout pregnancy

posted 3 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

You can find anything you want to believe on the internet. Ultrasounds are now a staple in prenatal standards of care in developed countries for a reason. 

Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I had 2 ultrasounds, which is pretty standard for a low risk pregnancy where I am… Just an NT scan at 12 weeks and an anatomy scan at 20 weeks. There is NO way I would have skipped either… Especially not the anatomy scan. We were Team Green, but it’s really the only way to find out how your baby is doing before it’s born.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

chillbee29 :  i think she might have had just one ultra sound as she was worried about the effects. It might have been 12 weeks.

I wouldn’t want too many ultra sounds but 1 or 2 sounds sensible.

  She didnt know if she was having a boy or girl either. I havent looked into the facts so I cant comment

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2020

Ultrasound performed in a controlled environment by a trained technologist is absolutely safe. The biggest factors for cavitation and other bio effects are power output and length of time scanned. Ultrasound machines have output powers restricted to what is safe for diagnostic use. Diagnostic ultrasounds for pregnancy last 45 minutes at most. You would need to use a massive amount of power output for many hours to create any kind of bio effect. If you’d like to limit your ultrasound exposure I’d recommend your 20 week anatomy screen for sure. They may have to do one more to get anything they missed the first time. This screen and imaging just before birth to check position, fluid, etc are the most important. If there are any issues they may suggest scans either weekly or every 4 weeks. I would strongly encourage the 4 week at least if anything is found wrong during the screen but of course this is up to you. We would not do anything to harm your baby. I see some babies 20 times a pregnancy and they are just fine. And this happens thousands of times over. Diagnostic ultrasound has not caused any known adverse effects on a fetus so please don’t be scared of them. We do them for the safety of you AND your baby. 

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I worked in women’s health for some time. In the US, low risk pregnancies usually include an ultrasound around 8-10 weeks to solidify due date (and viability), and an anatomy scan between 18-22 weeks. IN the past several years, it’s also become en vogue to perform a Diagnostic ultrasound around 12 weeks to test for Down syndrome (this can also be done with blood work but many people like the opportunity to see their baby again though this scan is not always covered as a part of regular prenatal care).  Personally, with each of my pregnancies, I had 3-5 ultrasounds due to some abnormal findings. Ultrasound technology is extremely low risk. 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee

psyche1978 :  that attitude drives me crazy. It reminds me of an old joke where God keeps sending help and the person refuses saying God would save him. He died and then asked God why he didn’t save him. 

Post # 37
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I had one ultrasound with my first pregnancy, but that WAS almost 20 years ago. Even by my last pregnancy four years later, multiple ultrasounds were standard. I have no idea why someone would want to forego the anatomy scan or double check growth near the end of pregnancy. Ultrasounds are ordered by doctors for a reason, and I think they’re a good thing. 

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Multiple ultrasounds are suspected of contributing to causing developmental disorders 

 

splishsplash :  

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

echomomm :  I don’t think the growth scan near the end of pregnancy is offered for everyone anymore… My hospital-based midwife group who occupied the same suite as maternal fetal medicine never brought it up. I didn’t even have a dating scan at the beginning.

Post # 40
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Worker bee

oldmarriedlady51 :  have any peer-reviewed studies you’d like to substantiate that claim with? Any legitimate sources at all?

Post # 41
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

SeaOfLove :  Perhaps they are not standard, but I was measuring about four weeks ahead of schedule near the end of my pregnancy (and they knew I could not be four weeks ahead). It was reassuring to have ultrasound available when there were questions associated with growth and/or development. 

And while I am not sure if studies have ruled out ultrasound in all developmental disorders, last year JAMA published a study indicating that children with ASD were exposed to fewer ultrasounds than those who had it. I’d be interested to see the study/studies that indicate that children exposed to more ultrasound have more developmental delays.

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’m pretty dang hippie-dippie. Like, I drive over an hour to see the one nurse-midwife in the upper half of my state for my well-woman provider. I purposely sought her out, knowing that I’d want options like a tub to be available when I do have a kid. And even with my dirty hippie inclinations, I’d never consider skipping prenatal testing. Dopplers ordered on Amazon and those strip-mall 3D ultrasound places aren’t risks worth taking…trained professionals using medical grade ultrasound machines 1-2 times is a risk so low, it’s negligible. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee

echomomm :  Hm, that’s interesting. Fewer ultrasounds and more ASD? I wonder if maybe it’s the nutjob anti-science, anti-medicine, anti-vaxxer parents who actually cause autism. That would be so tempting to believe! 

Post # 44
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

chillbee29 :  I think this is an interesting topic. I too have been thinking about this. 

I do know someone in the UK who refused and she was treatedly pretty badly. There was even the threat of social services being involved (even though an unborn child doesn’t have independent rights in the UK). And she was on child number 3 with no complications in previous pregnancies.

I also know someone who had all the recommended appointments and they did nothing but fuel her anxiety and made her whole pregnancy and birth an unpleasant experience. 

Most people I know have the routine ultrasounds.

The is lots of information about human rights in pregnancy / childbirth on the Birthrights website.

I am a firm believer in taking responsibility for your own healthcare and making informed decisions about care (not just accepting that it’s “what we usually do”)

I can’t imagine any parent not wanting to do the best for their child. 

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

oldmarriedlady51 :  citation please.  Peer reviewed, published in high impact journals.

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