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Are ultrasounds bad for baby?

Im a high risk pregnancy and have been monitored closely so far (am nearing 23 wks). This means i've been having lots of ultrasounds too to check his growth and development, and the position of my placenta.

But ive been hearing/seeing things about ultrasounds being bad for baby? Is this true? if so, why? What can happen? How many ultrasounds is considered too many?
Anyone got any links i can have a mull over?

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Asked by little.knickers at 4:40 PM on Oct. 7, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • I as well am a high risk pregnancy since my son passed away at 8 1/2 months old I was very closely monitored with a lot of ultrasounds and lots of tests. My daughter is perfectly fine after all the testing and ultrasounds

    Answer by lovebunny82709 at 4:48 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • Most of the recent concern about ultrasounds has been the "keepsake ultrasounds" that arent done by a medical professional. The concern is that these places that offer ultrasounds outside of the dr office are not properly trained and may linger in one spot for too long heating up the tissue. It has not been proven that ultrasounds are harmful in any way when they are performed by a medical professional. I think if you are high risk the ultrasound is probably going to be more beneficial for you since the risks seem to be minimal. I had only 1 ultrasound for my son but had 1 at every visit for my daughter as well as a 3D ultrasound at my 20 week scan and they are both fine.

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 4:57 PM on Oct. 7, 2010


    i agree with PP that if you are high risk, the risks could outweigh the benefits. i'd definitely want to limit it as much as possible though!

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 5:12 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • I was also high risk so I had weekly ultrasounds. Sometimes they seemed to annoy my son, but he's five now and perfectly healthy.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 5:18 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • i believe that ultrasounds can be harmful to a baby. now, if your ultrasounds are kept to an absolute minimum frequency and duration, then that will be better.
    what is putting you at high risk? and will several ultrasounds really provide the dr's with life saving information?
    always ask your dr. what the scan is for, and what could be the worst case scenario if you do not get the scan. placental placement can change throughout your pregnancy. i knew a woman whose baby had a hole in her tummy, and her intestines were outside of her body. she had frequent ultrasounds done to keep an eye on the situation...they might have needed to induce if things got dangerous.
    express your concerns to your dr.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 5:21 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • i would start with wikipedia for information.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 5:23 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

  • first NEVER use wikipedia as a source of information!!! Bad suggestion. As for the pros and cons:


    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:45 PM on Oct. 7, 2010


    these links should help you to decide what you believe is best for you and your baby.  Hope they help.


    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 8:47 PM on Oct. 7, 2010

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