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Too many ultrasounds? Worried I'm harming the baby! Should I cancel them?

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July2015 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:08:06

Ive had 9 scans so far (a reassurance one, 12+20 week scans, 1 to check for a medical condition, growth scans and three doppler scans).

After seeing my consultant, I am booked in for 3 more over the next two weeks (2 dopplers and 1 growth scan), meaning I'm going to have at least 12 before the pregnancy ends! I'm now starting to panic that I'm having too many. For some stupid, stupid reason, when I couldn't sleep last night I made the stupid mistake of googling if scans are safe, what happens if you have too many etc.

I am now in a right panic that I've caused/will cause my baby some harm, as the effects are really fully known, but there are some articles that link too many scans with autisim.

I just wondered what other peoples thoughts were, as I'm in a bit of a state and feeling rather anxious, and wondering if I should at least cancel the doppler scans, as I think I'm just having them for reassurance atm due to the baby being on the big size and reduced movements happen a lot.

MissTwister Wed 01-Jul-15 13:13:30

I wouldn't worry too much. Have a chat with your consultant maybe but the hospital knows how many you have had and they're not worried so you shouldn't be. I've had seven - plenty of people have more

As for autism - there seems to be a theory for everything that causes it....

goodnessgraciousgouda Wed 01-Jul-15 13:19:49

The websites linking scans to autism are probably by the same people that promote the ridiculous lie that vaccines do the same thing.

Unless you are lying there for literally hours for each scan, then you need to take a deep breath and calm down.

Over here in France we have quite a lot of scans. One every month with the gynecologist (in most cases), then a dating scan before then, emergency scans if you have bleeding/something is a bit off, scans to analyse bits of the baby if they think something might be a bit off or want to check something (heart, etc).

Miraculously the rate of autism here is no higher than other places.

RockerMummy184 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:22:51

First of all, STEP AWAY FROM GOOGLE! The reason ultrasound scans are used for unborn babies is that the risk is SO small. Google is not a medical professional, your consultant is. If they didn't think the benefits outweighed any risk they would not recommend it.
Secondly, if you were to refuse the scans due to what you have read on Google and something were then to happen to you or your baby, how would you feel?
I am pregnant with twins and have to have scans every 2/4 weeks. This means that by the time I give birth I could potentially have had 10 ultrasound scans, as well as them being listened to through a doppler several times. It has not even crossed my mind to be concerned about this, as I would rather know that my babies are ok than worry about 'what ifs'.
I also worry that there are far too many articles linking Autism with whatever medical procedure/treatment the author dislikes at the time (look at the MMR vaccination situation!)
Sorry if I've sounded harsh, but Dr Google seriously does have a lot to answer for!
Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy.

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:25:21

There are websites that will link autism to the colour of your hair and the phase of the fucking moon.
A lot of people are very stupid and or/completely bonkers. Why on earth would you pay any attention to these people instead of your very well trained health care professionals?
Don't you think if ultrasound scans caused anything at all someone (other than people in tinfoil hats) would have noticed over the last 3 decades or so?

badg3r Wed 01-Jul-15 13:31:29

There is no scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that ultrasound scans in that (or any) quantity can damage unborn babies. You will both be absolutely fine. Google is not your friend in this case!

happygojo Wed 01-Jul-15 13:37:51

I am heading for scan number 5 this week.

Autism isn't 'caused' by anything and if you have having scans then it is because they want to check on baby. I would rather have an autistic child than miss a scan that could potentially save their life (although I am sure you will be fine). It is the same with everything else that people say 'causes' autism. I would rather have an autistic child a million times over than have my child get sick or worse.

Stay away from google and give your baby a wave xxxx

BoutrosBoutros Wed 01-Jul-15 13:41:11

I had loads of scans with DS, at least 9 I think. He's now 2 and is absolutely fine. They wouldn't recommend the scans etc if they didn't think they were needed, I don't think you should worry at all!

villainousbroodmare Wed 01-Jul-15 13:43:59

Totally harmless. Stop annoying yourself! grin

applecore0317 Wed 01-Jul-15 13:44:37

I had eight internal scans, three growth scans, two regular and one private. There are so many things that have supposed links to autism, if we worried about them all we would be nervous wrecks.

RinkRashDerbyKisses Wed 01-Jul-15 13:46:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ginmakesitallok Wed 01-Jul-15 13:46:31

My friend is a midwife, and is due in November. She's been sneaking in loads of scans, which I'm sure she wouldn't do if they were going to cause any problems.

RinkRashDerbyKisses Wed 01-Jul-15 13:46:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Wed 01-Jul-15 13:48:43

There's a lot of autism in my family including my brother (we were both born before ultrasounds were routine) I'd rather have a child with autism than a child that dies from measles or comes to harm from not having had the recommended ultrasounds. Sorry if that sounds harsh I just personally don't regard autism as a fate worse than death.
I've yet to see a scientifically conducted study that proves any of this too.
There is a theory that autism is genetic at least in part. It could be that these babies are then given more scans for various reasons. For example, if you have no problems you get 2 scans, only those with potential issues get more (on the NHS) so the sample is already skewed.

NickyEds Wed 01-Jul-15 14:50:01

Don't panic. Ultra sounds are perfectly fine. I've also had to have weekly scans with this pregnancy to check on my baby's growth. They are really necessary to check that she's growing at a reasonable rat, make an informed decision about induction, moniter the fluid around her.

Here's a graph linking organic food sales to autism. Google is 99% bollocks!
boingboing.net/2013/01/01/correlation-between-autism-dia.html

NickyEds Wed 01-Jul-15 14:50:37

rat?? Rate. She's not a rat!

BitterChocolate Wed 01-Jul-15 14:56:25

There are loads of crackpot theories about the causes of autism, but noticeably none with several solid clinical trials to back them up. Anecdotally, DS has ASD and his birth mum had no ante-natal care whatsoever, so definitely no scans.

MistressMerryWeather Wed 01-Jul-15 15:28:20

I had lots of scans when I was pregnant with DS1, he has AS.

I also ate many, many tacos. Maybe they cause autism?

Seriously though, don't worry about it OP, trust your consultant.

Congratulations btw!

Mulligrubs Wed 01-Jul-15 15:31:55

There is absolutely no scientific evidence linking scans to autism or any other health/medical conditions. By all means raise your concerns with your consultant but there is nothing to worry about

batfish Wed 01-Jul-15 16:53:31

I hadn't even thought about it, I am 26 weeks and have had 6 so far, I see the doc every 4 weeks and I think that becomes more often towards the end. I live in the UAE and it's standard here and I don't know anyone whose babies have been harmed by the many scans so I'm sure all fine.

Skiptonlass Wed 01-Jul-15 17:24:57

No, do not cancel them. You're having these scans for very good reasons to ensure the best possible care for you and your baby!

There is absolutely zero evidence that ultrasounds cause any damage AT ALL. I'm a scientist and I have had this argument before, which lead to me going into the primary literature for data (and having a massive ding dong with the anti vaccination idiot who was spouting all this rubbish at me...oh dear., I am a horrible person...) there's nothing, honestly. Have the scans and be reassured.

Autism is very probably 'caused' by an incredibly complex and subtle interplay between genetic factors and environmental influences. There's a strong genetic component but we just can't pinpoint it down to one or even several genes yet. One thing is for certain - it's not caused by any one 'thing' be that ultrasounds, stress in pregnancy etc.

The pps who say step away from google are correct - unless you're assessing the primary literature with a decent background in this stuff, you're likely to scare yourself shitless. There's just so much pseudoscientific crap out there.

Congratulations, by the way smile

July2015 Wed 01-Jul-15 17:52:17

Thank you very much for all your responses. I know I sound insane, I'm just struggling with anxiety a lot at the moment as it's been a high risk pregnancy with lots of scares, so I'm a bit of a wreck after the latest scare. I really do appreciate all the reassurance, thank you very much.

Skiptonlass Wed 01-Jul-15 18:21:02

You don't sound insane at all - anxiety is a very normal response to a high risk pregnancy smile

FirenzeRoma Wed 01-Jul-15 18:24:53

Your consultant knows what they are doing.

GiddyOnZackHunt Wed 01-Jul-15 18:31:39

I had loads of scans with DS (high risk) - ,well into double digits. DD had 2 scans and she's the one with ASD not him.

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