Can too many ultrasounds be dangerous?:(

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  1. sandrass

    sandrass Beautiful daughter Alessa

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    Someone is telling me that it can be harmful to your baby to have too many ultrasounds and now I am so worried!

    I had one at around 8 weeks due to possible problems, and one at 10 weeks. At 14/15 weeks I had a private one done just to see my little baby. I have my 20 (21) week scan on January 8th and then I was going to get a 4D scan done at around 30 weeks...

    Am I hurting my baby?!?!?!?!?!?!?:cry:
     
  2. kelly2903

    kelly2903 mum2princess an expectin

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    im not exactly sure what or weather it does anything i have heard that but never seen anything that actually proves its bad.... hugs xxx
     
  3. TigerLady

    TigerLady CaveTiger Clan Mama

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    No, research shows it is fine.

    My OB does u/s as routine at just about every visit. I lost count of the number I had (though most were very fast, 5 minutes or less)... but if I had to hazard a guess, I would say I had... 12.. at least??? :wacko:

    LO is fine! :mrgreen: And, like I said, this is normal for my OB, who has delivered thousands of babies. I would think he would have seen a pattern by now if it were a problem.
     
  4. freckleonear

    freckleonear Crunchy mummy

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    I think the current medical advice is that there's no evidence that ultrasound does cause problems, although they can't completely rule out the possibility. For this reason they like to keep scans to a minimum, but plenty of women have to have regular scans for various medical reasons and their babies are fine, so I wouldn't worry. :hugs:
     
  5. sandrass

    sandrass Beautiful daughter Alessa

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    Thanks, that helps :hugs:
     
  6. Rmar

    Rmar Well-Known Member

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    Junebug_CJ Maman to Zoë and Zach

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    No, they don't harm the baby. The technology uses sound waves, like bats use to find their way in the dark. It's not radiation or X-rays.
     
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    sabriena Well-Known Member

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    kelly2903 mum2princess an expectin

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    thats slightly worrying me now i had 1 scan and was dated correctly but i dont no when i due so i do have another to get my due dates or do i just wait it out im gonna have to look into this further thanks for that and thanks to the op for posting it xxx
     
  10. Emx

    Emx Mum/Cautiously pregnant

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    Its one of those things (like advice about eating peanuts) that was apparently proven to be a no no, but research now says its ok! Sooooo because of that you tend to get conflicting advice.... many women have regular scans throughout pregnancy, personally i will have had 8 by the time baby comes, its not something I am worried about though.
     
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    Pyrrhic Well-Known Member

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    Rmar Well-Known Member

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    This information was written for the safety of having regular scans in 'normal' pregnancies. If their is a problem, scans can help identify and save lives. This is also touched on in those articles if you read the whole way through. (I know they are long).
     
  13. pinktaffy

    pinktaffy Well-Known Member

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    i have heard conflicting things about it being safe and not. personaly ive had 3 scans if i needed more i would get them, but if i dont need anymore i aint gonna have them. but thats my choice as i couldnt afford private anyway.
     
  14. steffi2

    steffi2 Proud mom of 3 kids

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    I don't think they are harmful. My OB did an ultrasound every month since I was 8 weeks. She says by 30 weeks I have to come every 2 weeks for ultrasound as it gets closer to my due date. Also, the anomaly scan took an hour and I have to do it again because the baby was moving too much and they couldn't see the blood flow very well.
     
  15. lspeer

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    I have one every 1 to 2 weeks due to being high risk and my doctors say its fine. Its when the ultrasound is long and you have those all the time that is bad. most ultrasounds are less then 15 minutes. I wouldnt worry about it but I would make sure your doctor knows when you are having a privite ultrasound. to keep a record of it.
     
  16. jackie.d

    jackie.d Mum to 3 boys + 1 girl ♥

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    Iv had scans about every 1 - 2 weeks since i was 7 weeks pregnant, im due another tomorrow morning and i had one last week aswell. I asked if their was any harm and was told no. xxxx
     
  17. rachlouise25

    rachlouise25 mum of 3 xxx

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    great thread i put one very simular about 3 wks ago i have had 4 scans so far as ive had problems in previous pregnancys and this baby has got to be kep and eye on ,i have another scan called doppler scan at around 18 wks then my normal anomaly 20wk scan ,i also asked my consultant can so many scans harm the baby she also said no ......
     
  18. MiissDior

    MiissDior Mommy of 3(1 in heaven)

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    Im in high risk clinic
    and i have scans at every app and every time i am up
    and im sure if the consulant taut it was dangerous he wudnt
    be putting me at anymore risk

    iv been scanned (by the end of today) 18 times so far
    5+2 Epu - suspected eptopic
    5+3 Epu - emergency confirmed sac and yoke
    7+4 Epu - to confirm hb
    9+6 Epu - after having pains, check baby
    12+4 - Dating scan
    13+6 - Private Early scan
    20+5 - amonaly scan
    24+0 - babies hb cudnt be found using doppler
    24+5 - admission to labour ward with reduced movement
    27+2 - growth scan
    27+2 - private 4d scan
    28+0 - antenatal checkup
    28+6 - admission to Labourward more reduced movement and pains
    29+0 - Growth scan following admission
    30+0 - routine antenal checkup
    30+6 - admission to labour ward, monitor baby movements
    and today i will have 2 scans 1
    1 rountine antenatal with consultant
    and the other is a growth scan

    and all this is to make sure my baby is ok due to previous stillbirth
    u/s no harm to baby at all :thumbup:
     
  19. BabyJayne

    BabyJayne Me, DH, DD & pregnant

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    Hi Ladies

    I posted this in another thread as the subject came up, but probably more appropriate here, although it is more about 3d/4d scans.

    My friend is a midwife with two children. She didn't have 3d/4d scans when pregnant with hers as she has always been told that ultrasounds should be for medical reasons only, where the benefits of using ultrasound are significant in medical terms.

    The fewer times baby is subjected to ultrasound the better, as although it is thought to be safe, it cannot be proved completely. She also told me that at any one time in the hosp she works at, which is my local one, between 70 and 80 per cent of babies in the special care unit are from mothers have had 3d/4d scans. She said it could be coincidence but she would recommend scans only on medical advice and necessity.

    It is personal choice of course, but for me I am choosing to stay away from private scans just to see baby, and the first time I gaze at my baby's face is when the little pip is born. Of course, I know many women who have had these scans and had perfectly healthy, beautiful babies.

    I hope I have worded this right! Basically, in my friend's opinion, which I obviously value, scans are safe in general, and are needed by many to ensure baby's safety, but going for extra scans when there is no medical need is not advisable as they are still intrusive. There is nothing to say that these type of scans are harmful, but on the advice of my friend I am keeping away from them.
     
  20. aliss

    aliss Well-Known Member

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    Like all things about pregnancy, someone will tell you it is completely safe and another will tell you it is dangerous. Read up on it and consult LEGIT sources, make an informed decision. You are mom - it is your baby and your body!
     

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