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a recent yale study showed tissues in mice heating up after 2 hours plus under the ultrasound. (NOT common for humans of course, it's more like 2-5 minutes) but no mutations that i know of.
|After the mouse pups were born, the team examined brain slices. In animals whose mothers had had ultrasound sessions that added up to 30 minutes or more, the scientists found that a significant number of neurons destined for the brain's outer layers of gray matter had become improperly embedded in inner layers of white matter.|
|The mouse results reinforce guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration, says pediatric neurologist Verne Caviness of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The basic guidelines in this country suggest using ultrasound as little as possible," he says. "Baby pictures aren't a justifiable use for this technology."|
A friend of mine, because of her high risk pregnancies, had weekly u/s for the first trimester, and quite a few after that. Her children are perfectly fine. I know a lot of women who have had many to none.....I have seen no difference in their children (that an u/s would make). Just normal differences.
I personally don't understand the hysteria. There are many "unknowns" in pregancy, regardless of whether or not you have a hospital birth, home birth or UC. We all take risks, no matter what. You just have to decide what risks you are willing to take, and how you and your baby can benefit (or not) from taking such risks. IMO...relying on ituition carries risks (sometimes severe) as well.
You just have to decide what you're comfortable with and take a stand.
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