(Closed) SO glad I found out in time! informed decision on first-trimester ultrasound

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Interesting points, definitely food for thought. I don’t have enough time today to look up and read all the references, but I think that defintely needs to be done before you take this as canon law though. If you notice, this “summary” just takes excerpts from the articles, which is fine, but without context they may be a bit misleading. 

My biggest issue is the argument that ultrasounds affect handedness –> affects brain development —> causes autism. By that argument, one could also argue that being left handed means you are more likely to have autism (which I have no idea if there are any stats to support that but it gets the the point where I think stats can be manipulated to say anything). In fact, I believe there are studies saying left handed people have a shorter life expectancy, but I’m not gonna stress about that! 

Back to the summary though, all the references to autism talk about occurance in rodents, which obviously is where all research starts. But I’d be interested to see how they scale the ultrasound “dosage” i.e. frequency, etc because if they use a normal OBGYN ultrasound, of course it’s going to have more of an effect on a very small rat than a human! Once again though, don’t have time to dig through all the references right now.

Overall though, I do agree with you, I don’t think all the “commercial” ultrasounds are necessary. When I get pregnant I will probably have the only the ones recommended by multiple sources, and not get all the special 3D and video, etc just to have the keepsakes because I see no medical need for it. As far as whether I will have an early one for dating/abnormality I am not sure, I would definitely look into it more before making the decision. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m left handed. I turned out pretty effing fantastic. I hope my son is left handed as well. Autistic or not, I will love my son and will not blame myself if he is autistic because I had an ultrasound at 6w4d.

interesting, though.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@KCKnd2:  I could’ve written this myself! I knew I didn’t want any ultrasounds just because it’s not necessary but I had to get research for my in-laws when they fought me and my husband tooth and nail on this issue. My mom sent me some links which I will attach later (they’re on my computer and I’m on my phone.  

I am 24 weeks currently and I’ve never had an ultrasound or a Doppler used on me and the baby. The doppler is stronger than an ultrasound and can tell you no information other than the baby’s heart rate (you can’t tell if there’s a potential problem because you can’t hear anything other than the interruption of the signal by the baby’s heart). 

I happen to have a midwife that is completely on board with my decisions and thanked me for doing my research! I’m not stupid though and will not risk my or my baby’s life if she deems it absolutely necessary at some point.

I wish I had a copy of an old video my mom has. It actually shows an ultrasound being used on a baby and the baby’s pain response. Knowing the sex of my baby is just too selfish for me to risk that. 

Stay strong because people will fight you on this because it goes against “normal”! I will never regret my decision to not have any ultrasounds. Thank you for posting this and I will post those links later tonight!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MrsMaskatoBe:  I haven’t looked at the OP’s article but left-handedness is completely normal when it is due to genetics. It is when you have left-handedness along with cognitive disabilities such as dyslexia, ADD, etc that you can trace it back to an interruption in cellular growth in vitro.

I do not think the OP meant this as an attack on anyone that has gotten or will get ultrasounds. It’s a individual decision that every parent must make for themselves. In my case, I only hope people would explore the research that is available and not blindly accept the “norm”. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsMaskatoBe:  “I’m left handed. I turned out pretty effing fantastic.”

Haha! This is great! Honestly, I go by what my doctor says b/c he knows more about this subject than I do. If he says it’s safe and necessary, than it is.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@beckwife:  I didn’t take it as an attack, but it’s just like anything else…eg. not taking a prenatal vitamin consistently, vaccinating, etc. Just a theory. If my child is going to have Autism, I will still love my child and accept the Autism for what it is.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

An ultrasound showed I miscarried a baby when I had zero symptoms. Never bled, no cramping nothing. Went for a routine checkup. No I wouldn’t have found out eventually bc we tried to let it pass naturally & I never even spotted. Had do have a d&e which was awful. Could have walked around for weeks thinking I was still pregnant, it was better I found out when I did. I definitely believe everyone should do what’s best for them, personally I liked being able to see & know that my baby was healthy. 3 miscarriages will do that to you. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JewishBride:  Exactly. I trust my OBGYN that has been practicing for 15+ years. I was given an early ultrasound because with my last pregnancy, the baby had passed and my body had not recognized it. I carried my baby around for weeks without knowing that he/she was not alive. I know that missed miscarriages are very uncommon, but I was starting to develop an infection internally. Had I had an earlier ultrasound, around the time the baby had passed, I could have prevented some of the pain I went through. The pain of knowing your body failed me, then failed to tell me that my baby was not alive for nearly a month. And the pain of the surgery I had to have to remove all of the tissues and the medications to treat the developing infection.

I would rather risk my chance at “giving my child Autism” than subjecting my body to another potential infection.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MsSparklyBee:  +1 we posted at the same time. I’m sorry that it happened to you as well.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@KCKnd2:  great read, thanks for the share. I too hold major reservations about ultrasounds… that little baby is just too little to mess around with. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsMaskatoBe:  hhahaha dd is 4, she’s a lefty & pretty fantasic too! Social butterfly & a smarty pants lol

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KCKnd2:  Glad to see other people doing their own reserach and making decisions not solely based on what the doctor offers- which will be every test available.

We had a dating ultrasound, even though I knew exactly when I conceived, just because I wanted to see the heartbeat. Not really a great reason, in retrospect. Hoping for the best, since now we know it’s a boy!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsMaskatoBe:  I’m so sorry for what you went through:( That’s why I think it’s important to get an early u/s! Just to make sure the baby’s doing well, because in the end it will be better to KNOW so that the doctor can take care of the mother (like in your case).

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