Post # 1
I know this sounds crazy and I fully believe I am crazy for even thinking about this for the pure fact that I have been dying to have my ustrasound. I have a very “naturalistic” approach to pregnancy and childbirth. I hadn’t even thought of the harmful effects of ulstrasound to the baby until wating “More Business of Being Born”. In an interview with Ina May on The Farm she states they do not use ultrasound at all while treating patients unless a complication is present. Out of 2,800 births they only have a 1.7% C Sections rate compared to the nations rate of 30% so they have to be doing something right. They also have a very low Autism rate which may be linked to ultrasound. This got me thinking and researching about ulstrasounds and if they are needed in prenatal care. I found alot of information stating ultrasound should only be used in pregnancy if medically necessary and is not needed in a pregnancy free of complications. Well I am most certainly a pregnancy free of complications and we are also team green so what is the point of the ultrasound? I feel really selfish now for wanting one so bad. Still not sure what we are going to do we have our US scheduled for June 5th but I’m seriously considering telling my doc that we are opting out of a US. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
It is a personal decision, but they do often find things on US that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. I think having one ultrasund has such minimal risks for the good it can do is worth it. I know I would feel bad not doing one and then having a baby with a special condition (bowels outside the body, low fluid, knotted cord) that could have been better prepared for.
Post # 4
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Post # 5
@MarryMeTiffany: You have way more strength that I do if you can pull it off!
Post # 6
@StormyRose: I don’t even know how to respond to that. Did I ever say it was wrong if medically needed? No I didn’t.
Edit: Also I think everyone has a choice and an opinion I see nothing wrong with getting a US if that is your choice it just may not be the best choice for me.
Post # 7
My only thought is that some complications can only be seen by the ultrasound. At my anatomy scan, they discovered that my placenta was lying too low (not a full placenta previa but not far off). It luckily moved but if I had not had the ultrasound, I wouldn’t have known about it. If it hadn’t moved up, it could have been dangerous to both of us during childbirth and would have been even more dangerous if it had been a full placenta previa and wasn’t found.
You can talk to your doctor about it though. I asked my doctor because I’ve had a couple of extra at the doctor and wanted two elective ultrasounds (gender and just to see her facial features). I was told there’s no danger in ultrasounds during pregnancy.
I also don’t really believe the Autism theory because I think they’re just trying to find a cause, similar to the vaccination theory.
Post # 8
@MarryMeTiffany: i am curious where you heard about this link of ultrasound to autism? that does sound crazier to me than the whole vaccination theory.
as for whether you should opt out, like PPs have said, it is a personal choice. i could never do it for two reasons. One is that i am way too paranoid about something going wrong and if there was some sort of defect, i would want to know as soon as possible so i can prepare myself (same with gender, i NEED to know!). And two, since having had my first u/s last week, i can’t wait to have another one! It was just too much fun to see my little baby bouncing around in my uterus, lol. And since the risks are practically non-existant, i never even considered not having one.
Post # 9
@StormyRose: ummm…. really?
@MarryMeTiffany: dont – not worth it.
But yeah, I don’t think there is ANY credible evidence that ultrasounds cause or increase the risk of autism… so if that is your rationale, I’d ask you to read some medical journals about that and not unsubstantiated/anecdotal articles published by those who are desperately trying to explain away autism.
That being said, not having one is 100% your choice, and don’t let anyone bully you in to doing it if you dont want to. Unlike vaccines, not havnig an ultrasound has ZERO effect on anyone other than you and your baby… so its your choice.
Post # 10
I think that the documented risks (which are zero, except for sensationalist “studies”) are far outweighed by the benefits, which every previous post has noted. What if something went wrong either during your pregnancy or birth, and it could have been fixed or at least discovered and accounted for with an ultrasound? If it harmed you or the baby, would you be able to get over it? Would you regret it?
Post # 11
I think that Ina would recommend the most minimally invasive pregnancy possible. I watched the documentary and really enjoyed it.
Surround yourself with support of people who have the same goals and thoughts as you!
Post # 12
I didn’t find anything credible saying that in fact there is a link between US and Autism but I just feel like we are doing all these things to pregnant woman and babies that didn’t happen years ago and yet our birth fatality rate is going up and our C Section rate is also way higher then it should be. The United States is the worst place to give birth in the developed world! We really don’t know the effects of pitocin (and other induction drugs), epidural, ultrasound, etc. on our babies because there is no real way to study it until it is to late. With DS I was induced and ended up with an epidural I was half concious my whole labor and on oxygen it was very tramatic. DS is now 3.5 and has Sensory intigration disorder along with ADHD. I wish I would have been more educated before I had him.
Post # 13
@MarryMeTiffany: I don’t disagree with you on the drugs – but an ultrasound is nothing but soundwaves. No radiation, no chemicals, no foreign substances, etc. Just sound waves tuned to a different frequency than the ones we hear.
ETA – I know there is some NONSENSE floating around on the interwebs comparing ultrasound to x-rays. Please please please for the love of everything – do NOT base medical decisions on random people’s blogs/wesbites…because a lot of these people truly have nooooooo idea what they’re talking about. An ultrasound is NOT like an X-ray at all.
Post # 14
I have to have an ultrasound every month to monitor the growth of my twin boys. I’m glad I get to see them and know that they’re okay. So far, so good – and I’ve had at least 6 ultrasounds already. 🙂
That being said, if you’re having a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy then it is totally your choice not to have an ultrasound. I have to echo what @GoldfishPie said though – I think you need to ask yourself if something went wrong that could have been detected/prevented by being found on the ultrasound, is that something that you’d be okay with?
How many weeks will you be when the ultrasound is performed? Perhaps the compromise you could make would be to have that ultrasound be the anatomy scan just so you know that your baby has developed properly and then opt out of any further ones unless there is a medical necessity? Just a thought.
P.S. I asked my perinatologist about the risk of ultrasounds to developing babies. She said that the risk to the babies is minute at worst – and that’s when they’re done at boutique places that don’t know how to calibrate their machines properly. Honestly those “studies” about linking ultrasounds to autism are not credible, in my opinion. Autism is a spectrum disorder with many factors that could potentially weigh in. I think that people are just trying to find a “reason” why autism is out there – even though it existed before ultrasounds were used!
Post # 15
I think it’s entirely your choice but want to share a story.
Please keep in mind that I consider myself to similar to you with a “naturalistic” approach to many thing and I’m a registered nurse!!
I know a woman who had the same viewpoint. No ultrasounds, no invasive testing, etc. She didn’t care to know the sex, and diagnosis of any potential medical problems wasn’t an issue as they would keep the baby no matter what.
She hired a midwife and decided to give birth at home.
The baby was 8 or 9 days late. A good midwife would have known that a late baby should not be birthed at home – too risky given it’s increased size.
Well, the baby got stuck and they lost the heartbeat. They thought that it was because the baby was passing through the pelvic bone and the heartbeat would return via doppler once the baby had passed. The heartbeat never returned and an ambulance was called. They didn’t have a heartbeat via doppler for about 86 minutes but it is no known how long the baby went without oxygen. The cord was also wrapped around the baby’s neck. This would have been detected via ultrasound.
Their beautiful baby girl is now severely brain damaged. Clearly, there was malpractice on the part of the midwife for knowing that the child should not have been birthed at home given it’s post-due dates, but also, had they had at least one ultrasound, especially towards late in the pregnancy, they would have been better prepared for both the weight of the baby (knowing it’s large size would have dramatically increased the likelihood of inability to be birthed vaginally) as well as seen the cord.
Being natural and non-invasive is great, but at the end of the day as a mother you need to do what’s best for the child, and I truly feel that at least one ultrasound very close to your due date is the responsible thing to do to mitigate any potential harm to the fetus during birth. Just my two cents!
Post # 16
I am sorry but Autism is not the end of the world. There is no known cause of Autism. Speculation and medical fact are two different things.
And yes there are ultrasounds at a certain point in a pregnancy because there is a medical need for it. An ultrasound can catch many things as PP have posted. Most women don’t get them done just for the hell of it.
P.S. I ADORE my autistic stepson.