The Frankenbaby Chronicles

Two girls, three cats, some frozen sperm, a doctor's office, and a big dream.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

On ultrasounds

I am a little concerned with the number of ultrasounds we've had. I realize that they were not terribly elective because all of the bleeding we had, and because of policies at my RE's office. I mean, we had two early ultrasounds required by my RE, then four for bleeding and spotting, and one follow-up. That makes seven.

Seven ultrasounds. I thought I'd probably have three in my whole pregnancy, and here I am not even 15 weeks (that's tomorrow) and I've had seven. And my big anatomy scan is scheduled for Feb. 2. So that makes eight.

I'm scared. I read such conflicting information and I know that like all information, it's full of propaganda on both sides. I don't necessarily feel like increased use of ultrasounds leads to increased rates of autism (I feel like increased screening and better recognition helps the increased rates of autism, not to mention NUMEROUS environmental hazards), but I do wonder about the studies done on mice that seem to show that ultrasounds can impact brain and neuron development. The last thing I ever wanted to do is hurt my baby's brain.

There are people who have been in similar situations to mine, or who have been pregnant with multiples, who have had many ultrasounds and have healthy children. But then there are those people who tell me that their midwives frown upon ANY ultrasounds, and here I've had seven. Soon to be eight.

I wish I knew what to do about this. I can't go back and change the ultrasounds I've had just like I can't change the fact that I had a flu shot, a lot of bleeding, lost a twin, and am taking antibiotics. My midwife assures me that the ultrasounds I've had pose no risk to my baby and that should be enough for me, right? I just worry so much about this little guy that I can't even feel.

I guess this is one of those challenges of parenthood, right? Learning to let go and let the Universe do its thing. Except the Universe didn't invent ultrasounds.


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