(Closed) Opting out of a Ultrasound?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

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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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
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Busy Beekeeper

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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.

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