Originally Posted by Aunaturalmama
I am having conflicting emotions about getting an u/s this pregnancy. What are your thoughts on ultrasound? We won't be finding out gender and we declined all other testing last time but there is something about SEEING that baby inside of you. My husband isn't wanting to have any ultrasounds done due to the info about them being potentially linked with altering the cells of the baby.
Please girls, let me know what you have heard/read about ultrasounds!
I got one ultrasound last time I was pregnant (at 22 weeks) and will do the same this time between 18-22 weeks. I've had a couple of friends whose babies had issues that needed to be immediately treated. (For example, my one friend's baby's abdominal cavity did not close entirely, leaving his intestines partially outside of his body. He required immediate surgery but now is a totally healthy little boy. ) It's SO unlikely that there would be any kind of issue, but since I'm planning a homebirth, I want the peace of mind of knowing that certain problems have been ruled out.
I am, however, refusing early ultrasounds and any after the midway one unless there is some reason to do more. (Not reasons like "We want to see if the baby is big", etc! ) I don't have a history of ectopic pregnancy I'm not having a lot of pelvic pain. I know how long my cycle is and when I conceived so no need to date the pregnancy, so I don't see the need.
I'm planning on birthing at my midwife's house, but also seeing the Army OB/midwives because they can order the 18-22 week ultrasound. Their office workers are already shocked that I told them I won't be getting an ultrasound at my first appointment. ("But....we do them then!" "Ok, well *I* don't..." "But we have to date the pregnancy!" "Luckily I know the date of my last LMP, so that's not necessary." "But! But! We always do an ultrasound then!" lol) I may actually end up switching if they give me a hard time about refusing certain procedures. We'll see.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents. I think the benefits of one ultrasound outweigh the risks, but the risks of several routine, unnecessary ultrasounds do not. Also, after the one at18-22 weeks, ultrasounds are notoriously inaccurate as far as estimating babies size. They are often off by pounds!
Edited by PhilsBabyMama - 9/30/12 at 3:51pm