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Please tell me I am being a paranoid freak...I won't be offended, I promise.<br>
I got an ultrasound on Tuesday. Prior to the ultrasound this baby was soooo active. Anytime I stood still for a second I would feel so many kicks and rolls and punches. Since the ultrasound she is not so active. I feel something every day still, but not nearly as much as before. I feel enough movement that I would not be concerned if she had not been so dang perky before hand. Now I am just so worried that the ultrasound did something to my perfect little baby. I had doubts about getting it and ended up going for it because I wanted the reassurance and all that...but now I am sorry I got it.<br>
Ok, someone please reassure me that nothing is wrong. Any damage an ultrasound may do would be more long term, right? I'm just getting more worried every day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Do you know how much amnionic fluid you have?<br><br>
A normal amount?<br><br>
Too much?<br><br>
Too little?<br><br>
U/S causes a reaction in the human tissues called "cavation" in which the amniotic fluid can heat up - the baby can actually 'cook' - which is the reason pregnant women are told to stay out of hot tubs.<br><br>
There was a thread all about this a few months back and you can do a search for it.<br><br><br>
Remember all pregnant women received X-ray pelvimetry until doctors decided it was too dangerous to be pointing radiation at unborn babies.<br><br>
Another name for ultrasound is 'non-ionizing radiation' - it has never been proven to be safe.<br><br>
There was a British Study done twenty years ago at Oxford University and published in Lancet which questioned the safety of U/S.<br><br>
Do not be mad at me - I am the messenger. You need to ask your doctor and the u/s technician some very pointed questions. They are the ones who told you to get the scan and are profiting from it.
 

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Your baby is probably fine. It probably just turned in a different direction and you can't feel the kicks so well. If you are worried go and see your doctor or midwife. ((HUGS))<br><br>
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I remain hopeful that your baby is still doing wonderfully.<br>
But I also believe in the gut feelings. Call your doctor or anybody who will listen to you and set your mind at ease. As a mom I rely heavily on those instincts.<br><br><br>
Then maybe you can have some inner peace once you find out your baby is ok.
 

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Here are the posts:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=55224" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...threadid=55224</a><br><br><a href="http://www.aimsusa.org/ultrasnd.htm" target="_blank">http://www.aimsusa.org/ultrasnd.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.alternamoms.com/ultrasound.html" target="_blank">http://www.alternamoms.com/ultrasound.html</a><br><br>
Do a search on cavation also.<br><br>
Chances are that everything is fine. Moms get U/S's everyday. Make sure you tell your healthcare provider about your concerns.
 

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That stuff is so scary, applejuice!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: But I'm not mad at you.<br>
As if baby can read the screen (or maybe my mind) I have just been getting some very reassuring wiggles.<br>
I don't think I want to call my CNM. She would just check the heart tones with a doppler (which I don't want now) or perhaps do another ultrasound. I'm kind of between a rock and a hard place.<br>
I'm just gonna hang on and think positive thoughts. If anything else concerns me or I get even less movement than I guess I will go in. I was planning to not go back again since I am doing a UC. If baby gets active (like she just did) regularly again I will feel completely relieved and won't go back. If things continue to be strange I will go back soon.<br>
Thanks for the reassurance. Thank you applejuice for the links. Very startling but I guess I needed to read it.
 

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A doppler is continuous wave U/S.<br><br>
A U/S scan is intermittent wave U/S.<br><br>
When you go to the hospital to have your baby, the external moniter is using U/S as is the internal moniter. There is also a moniter that can be put inside you and "broadcasts" information so that you are not confined to bed. I do not know what energy the 'radio telemetry' uses. (radio waves?)
 

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Wow, how come we are not ever informed of such things until after we've done all of them? I am due in 3 days and this poor guy has had 3 ultrasounds. One at 9 weeks due to huge uterus, one that lasted forever and was 3d at 18 weeks, I am over 35 and didn't want amnio. Then the last one was almost 2 weeks ago to check size as I am carrying a big baby.<br><br>
It really stinks that we aren't informed considering they have had research that was questionable a long time ago. I hesitate to carry my cell phone turned on because it rests on my stomach when I carry my purse.<br><br>
Does the baby stop moving as much as you get into the last few weeks? I too noticed a lot less movement after my last US but figured it was because the baby had gotton too big to move.<br><br>
Also why is 3d worse, stronger soundwaves?? I am so angry that we are always the guinea pigs and have no knowledge of anything until after we are damaged!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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X-RAYS WERE DISCOVER in 1896 and my Father remembered putting his foot under an X-ray machine in a famous department store in the 1920's to see his foot bones wiggle. Freat Fun! It sure kept the children occupied while the parents shopped. Why don't you see them now?<br><br>
As soon as medical science discovers and can mass produce a technology as cheaply as u/s and sell it to the public , u/s will be out of style also. There is no guarantee that it will be safe.
 

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2much2luv, you are not being paranoid at all, but I think your baby is probably fine. During my first pregnancy, I had more than 20 ultrasounds because I was experiencing preterm symptoms. I didn't think too much about the effects of that on my baby until he was born. (During pregnancy, I was just intent on keeping him in as long as I could.) Then it hit me. I kept looking for things that were wrong with him; I somehow felt that all those ultrasounds must have damaged him somehow. I even subjected him to a CAT scan at 10 weeks old because I thought something was wrong with him neurologically! Fast-forward three years. He's totally fine!
 

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My only concern would be an increase of fluid. I am sure baby is fine as I still feel some good strong kicks sometimes.<br>
Dh and I were remember my first pregnancy last night. They did one regular ultrasound around 20 weeks and then they did another one a few weeks later because I was measuring large. Everything was fine on the other ultrasound, I just had a bit much fluid. But I was right on the borderline of ok so they didn't do anything about it. So anyway....maybe that is what is happening this time, like the woman in that other thread. I feel ok and calm after talking about it with dh and sleeping on it. If extra fluid is the only problem I think that is something I can handle. I do think this was my last ultrasound EVER. So scary.<br>
I agree, vwmama. I had read here and there that they weren't so good but never any specifics until just now on applejuices links. Had I seen these sites I would not have done it . Grrrrrr....No more doppler, no more ultrasound, no more medical "professionals".<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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I had a ton of U/S (10+) during my first pregnancy and the baby turned out fine. However, more than half way through my dear FIL scared me about how damaging the U/S were to the baby. So I did some research on the internet. Do your own research. Not that applesauce can not be trusted but every article I found on the internet had a conflicting article. So unfortunately the "facts" are not all that cut and dry as to the dangers. One study said that it delayed speech development another study disproved it, etc.
 

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Thank you, irishprincess.<br>
My first two girls had ultrasounds and are, of course, just fine. I am still worried because I am not feeling much movement and I will probably avoid ultrasound for future pregnancies. But I know that most likely everything is ok.
 

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Shucks, I remember a similar machine from when I was a young child in the 1970's. There was one shoe department that had one to show how your foot fit in the shoe. I think we actually used it once, and of course I thought it was great.
 

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2much2luv - I know just how you feel about the lack of movement. In fact, that is why I had so many u/s. DS almost never moved. For the entire pregnancy though. At 18 weeks he was head up with toes by his nose. Every single u/s after that he was in the exact same position and was born via c-section that way. I too worried that maybe one of my earlier u/s had contributed to it.
 

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Just wanted to update.<br>
Movement is back up. From the day I posted this and onward the movements started getting more and more frequent and big. I am completely relieved now and all my worry has passed. I am positive everything is fine. I do know that something happened though. My theories are a) there was a slight increase in fluid which is evening out now. b) the baby was freaked out by the ultrasound and stayed quiet for awhile or c) it was pure coincidence and baby just happened to start sleeping more at that time.<br>
In any case I know that everything is ok now. Thanks for all your help in reassuring me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Beth
 
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