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MamaKate<3 TTC since Mar 2012; 2 kids; Ohio 16935 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" There are several speculations to what the adverse side effects of an prenatal ultrasound may be. Some ... [snip!] ... was fairly unknown in Somalia until people there immigrated to a developed country. Then their rates of autism skyrocket."


I am not a huge fan of ultrasounds. They have only been used at these excessive rates for around a decade and at this point we have NO idea what the long term effects are. And we also forget that the fetus is experiencing the ultrasound too. So if hypothetically I have five ultrasounds while pregnant with my daughter, when she grows up and has an ultrasound with her first pregnancy, her reproductive system will be experiencing it's sixth ultrasound. There very well could be dangers that haven't been discovered yet. Ultrasound technology is like pretty much every other technology we have, we take it too far and use it to our convenience rather than when it's truly necessary. The other issue I have with ultrasounds is the rate of false diagnosis that leads to unnecessary interventions.

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting Amelia Margaret:" Are you saying all ultrasounds are unneeded in a normal pregnancy? Or are you including high risk as well?"


I believe there are instances when ultrasounds are warranted. And I totally understand why people get them. I mean shit I JUST had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks. However, the "viability" ultrasounds are typically bullshit. The amount of women who have issues like etopic pregnancies etc. generally have other signs that would lead a doctor to believe that. I can understand everyone receiving the 20 week ultrasound to be prepared for an abnormalities, etc. But other than that, I don't think that during a NORMAL pregnancy, that ultrasounds are warranted.

drunk faith1 1 child; Alabama 10081 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting Lauralie89:" Well if this study turns out true my boys are f*cked. I had an u/s at all my appointments."

Lol, this. I had one at every appointment. My doctor does a mini ultrasound on ALL her expecting mothers at every appointment.

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 14998 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" I believe there are instances when ultrasounds are warranted. And I totally understand why people get ... [snip!] ... for an abnormalities, etc. But other than that, I don't think that during a NORMAL pregnancy, that ultrasounds are warranted."


Ok that makes more sense. As I said before, I don't avoid them but I don't seek them either. That's more to do with the expense though, as it's unnecessary.

Anja[VBA2C GRADx2!] 5 kids; Illinois 3576 posts
10th Apr '13

Well so far no autistic kids and all 3 kids I've birthed had many ultrasounds. I had like at least 6 during my first pregnancy, 10 during my 2nd , I think at least 6 in my last pregnancy. I've had 5 so far with this pregnancy and I'm 20 weeks.



I have epilepsy, and since I'm also trying for a VBA2C they monitor me via ultrasound a lot, especially due to a placenta previa diagnosis. I will likely have 3-4 ultrasounds more in my pregnancy.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 22968 posts
10th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:</b>" There are several speculations to what the adverse side effects of an prenatal ultrasound may be. Some ... [snip!] ... was fairly unknown in Somalia until people there immigrated to a developed country. Then their rates of autism skyrocket."</blockquote>




Eh, the increase of autism and kids with SN could be anything. Maybe having lots of them isn't good but maybe not.
I'm more inclined to think autism is from some ubiquitous synthetic in our environment like plastics.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
10th Apr '13

I've heard autism blamed on so many things....from chaotic, noisy households, to vaccines, to usage of scented candles in the home, to this. Frankly, I think it's mainly because we're so desperate for answers, that we will blame anything common in the household of diagnosis. I seriously doubt that there really MORE people now who have autism, so much as there is now so much more added awareness OF autism, which leads to parents pursuing a diagnosis....I've heard of some parents taking their child to 3, 4 different doctors until one would MAKE the diagnosis of autism, because they were so set on the idea that that was what they were dealing with...which, frankly, gives me the impression that some doctors make the diagnosis to satisfy parents. A few generations ago, doctors weren't looking at autism the way they do now. Most of the parents of presumably autistic children, were told they had a behavioral issue and needed more discipline. We just know more now.



I had 2-3 ultrasounds a week the last few months I was pregnant with my daughter...and, while she definitely has problems (thus the ultrasounds...) they aren't FROM an ultrasound.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" Eh....I'm not sure how sound waves could be THAT harmful. Seems like the Dr. is just bent out of shape ... [snip!] ... about his grandkid's diagnosis and looking for answers desperately. I'd need to see something absolutely concrete to buy it. "


Pretty much.



I got one with every prenatal appointment until 24 weeks with Nora. She's f**king weird but that's genetics and not ultrasound.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
10th Apr '13

Don't buy it. An ultrasound is essentially a sound wave, similar to how bats use echolocation to track prey and avoid obstacles. There is nothing dangerous about a refined sound wave.

NICKEL☮POLIS 2 kids; Ontario 6263 posts
10th Apr '13

Haven't vaccines been linked to Autism too?
I don't know.. it doesn't worry me. If I do end up with a child with autism I won't be blaming the ultrasounds.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
11th Apr '13

Eh my mum is a diagnostic ultrasonographer and was doing it 30 years ago when she was pregnant with me, when the machines had a fraction of the shielding and safety features that the modern ones have. I don't have autism or 5 arms or whatever.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
11th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" I believe there are instances when ultrasounds are warranted. And I totally understand why people get ... [snip!] ... for an abnormalities, etc. But other than that, I don't think that during a NORMAL pregnancy, that ultrasounds are warranted."


here abortions for medical reasons are banned from 18 weeks (or 21 they keep changing it) ... so the 12 week transnuchal ultrasound is important for people (like me) who would abort for triosomy 12 or 18.

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
11th Apr '13
Quoting Destiel:" here abortions for medical reasons are banned from 18 weeks (or 21 they keep changing it) ... so the ... [snip!] ... changing it) ... so the 12 week transnuchal ultrasound is important for people (like me) who would abort for triosomy 12 or 18."


That's probably why they started doing the 12 week here too. But as long as I get the anatomy ultrasound done at 17 weeks that takes away 1 ultrasound and still gives me time to make that decision.

BABY MAKES TWO Due September 16 (boy); Australia 193 posts
11th Apr '13

I don't really think this is the case after all my mum only had one ultrasound and he still has autism

Amelia [a Mom] 1 child; 4 angel babies; Tallahassee, Florida 14998 posts
11th Apr '13

We can't use personal experiences to prove or disprove a link between ultrasounds and autism because risk never equals 100%. Although I do doubt there is a risk of autism from ultrasounds.