Originally Posted by claddaghmom
Maybe I've just been preggo too long and I'm going crazy
but this whole atmosphere of danger is really getting on my nerves. And I come from a "granola" family of homeopathy, vegetarian diet, etc!
It just seems that no matter what a preggo woman does, she is going to disable her kid. And it's never even a reasonable amount of damage or lowering of future development. It's always a terrible, horrible result, as if eating too many cookies will cause her kid to have hands without fingers.
Now, after all the reading I've done on U/S, I actually find myself in the camp of accepting they could have some negative result/danger. But I can't honestly believe that I should worry about 5 minutes of U/S amidst all the other "dangers."
How many mommies don't eat wholesome foods? How many mommies get less than 8hrs of a sleep a night? Are deficient in minerals and vitamins? Use makeups, skin creams, acne treatments? Take medication during pregnancy? Drive without a seatbelt? Work in a stressful environment? Use toxic chemicals to clean the kitchen and bathroom?
I know I did a lot of stuff I shouldn't have while I was pregnant!
After my first trimester I drank two cups of coffee the three days/wk I was at work, and I used an astringent with salicyclic acid in it to combat acne on my cheeks.
I my job as a nurse is very stressful, we use lots of drugs, some which shouldn't be handled by pregnant women. I Had to fight not to be forced to administer chemotherapy while ttc. I was given patients with radiation implants and one with CMV disease which can cause birth defects if a preg women contracts it.
I ate tunafish which contains mercury, and ingested way too many sugary treats.
I spent too much time on the computer.
I had two ultrasounds, including one at 5 weeks! to confirm the pregnancy (kind of regret that one, but I didn't know better).
I drank at least two alcoholic beverages before I knew I was pg.
I painted my toenails (once)
I sprayed out the bathtub with tilex while I was in labor. One of my patients told me a story about how she got a blood infection from a dirty birth pool and almost died and I've had a phobia about it since.
And believe me if he ever has any problems I will only blame myself!