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Is ultrasound harmful

(11 Posts)
anxiousmumma Fri 20-Nov-15 14:51:24

I'm really worried as had 4 scans already and only 11+5. I've just been reading some research that says they could cause cell damage, birth defects, autism and behaviour problems etc - anyone shed any light?

ragged Fri 20-Nov-15 14:52:43

sounds like poor quality research

Jibberjabberjooo Fri 20-Nov-15 14:54:05

Goggle will tell you anything, doesn't mean it's true.

anxiousmumma Fri 20-Nov-15 14:55:09

Trying to copy the link but it won't let me paste

ragged Fri 20-Nov-15 15:42:15

Not what I'd call a website with reliable information, on the front page they proclaim:

If you [go to hospital for the birth…], then you are using the hospital template that’s been prepared for you by institutions, corporations and commercially-funded committees—the odds are extremely high that: (a) When you enter the hospital, you will either be placed in a wheelchair or you will walk to a labor room. You will be hooked up to an IV, one or several monitors and denied food and even beverages…

So is that pretty much the experience you had, OP? Does it ring true?

Or how about the website ads for "cupping" during birth, which is described elsewhere (okay, Daily Mail) as "celebrity fad" hailed for everything from infertility to pain control.

Who knew? Put hot plastic cups on your skin to make your ovaries work.

"And if you believe that, there's a bridge I'd like to sell you".

TastingTheRainbow Fri 20-Nov-15 15:59:51

There is some sketchy evidence showing the smallest ever risk in a large number of scans. However this would require a large number of scans and as scans are not done without a reason the benefit by far outweighs the risk. It wouldn't be something that concerned me.

goodnightdarthvader1 Fri 20-Nov-15 16:44:50

No, they're not harmful. Get off Google.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Fri 20-Nov-15 16:48:38


anxiousmumma Fri 20-Nov-15 21:49:47

Thank you for your opinions. Good to get people that are able to be about more rational when I'm hormonal mess.

CityMole Fri 20-Nov-15 23:04:54

virtually everything, on an interpretation, could cause all of the things you list. Anxiety about this kind of thing might be harmful to your baby too. Or it might not! Regardless, it's not much fun for you. try not to google this kind of shit, for the sake of your sanity if nothing else.

Gileswithachainsaw Fri 20-Nov-15 23:14:56

you could find info that breathing was bad for you on Google.

everything with medicine is risk vs benefit

scabs are expensive and time consuming and ergo would not be performed outside the usual 11 and 20 weeks unless they felt there was sufficient reason too. and those reasons would outweigh anything else.
I use have had over a dozen scans with dd. not doing so could have risked both our lives. she's nuts, she's ditsy, she's stubborn as fuck but I don't believe the scans are responsible for any negatives.

please relax smile

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