post #21 of 25
9/20/06 at 1:59pm
Haven't read all the posts...but this made me want to cry.
"In addition, one Australian study showed that babies exposed to five or more ultrasounds were 30 percent more likely to develop intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)--a condition that ultrasound is often used to detect.36 "
I was diagnosed with IUGR with my first baby. I was told he was small with the first "routine" u/s. Then he was on track, but was already labeled as small so they wanted to monitor. I had probably 6-8 u/s to watch his growth. I was eventually induced after the level 3 u/s said he hadn't gained weight in a month. They told me I'd be lucky if he was 4 pounds.
8 hours later (after an excruciating, torturous labor for both of us!), he weighed in at 5'15. Gee, I wonder why.
Oh God, I really just feel like crying now. I always justified how his birth went because he was at risk and we were lucky he was okay. This really just makes me very upset. And to be honest, I don't know why I didn't realize this sooner - I had two and I had two, but I never put them together to make four. I feel awful. Because of the way his birth went, it affected my second and third births. I can't believe this. I feel sick.