Are Ultrasounds During Pregnancy Safe?

Many routine tests are performed during the common pregnancy.

Ultrasound is one of the tests, that is not so common among expectant mothers.But most pregnant women must be familiar with the ultrasound tests performed during pregnancy.

Ultrasound test is very rarely recommended by the doctors and is done specifically to detect some abnormalities in the developing baby.

Some people are curious to know the sex of their baby for which they are tempted to opt for ultrasound tests during pregnancy.

They do this usually without knowing the pros and cons of ultrasound testing.Before going for the ultrasound test during pregnancy, one must be familiar about the possible effects of it on the baby as well as the mother.

On the other hand, some people are very mush scared of ultrasound test and do not prefer to take up this test during pregnancy.Let us try to find the answers to the common question of ‘are ultrasounds during pregnancy safe?’

Ultrasound examinations during pregnancy may help in the detection of the chances of abnormalities in babies of the expectant mothers. But what about the effects of ultrasound waves on the babies without abnormalities? They have damaging effects on these normal babies!

The chance of a baby to have any abnormality is low. And these abnormalities can also be diagnosed without the help of ultrasound.

Evidences also reveal about the false positive results given by ultrasound.An even if an abnormality is detected by ultrasound tests, the doctors can practically do nothing to treat these abnormalities in the mother’s womb. So why pose your healthy baby at risk!

In fact, ultrasounds are not helpful in determining abnormalities.

In almost 95% of babies, those who were at the risk of Down syndrome determined by ultrasound did not have it after birth .On the hand, many babies who were not detected by the ultrasound to have Down syndrome had this disorder after birth.

Ultrasound test during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of preterm labor, miscarriage, and infant mortality too. It can also produce adverse effects such as low birth weight, dyslexia, cell abnormalities, intrauterine growth retardation, neurological damage, delayed speech development, lung damage, and increased rates of cell death. False positive by ultrasound scan may lead to abortion of a healthy fetus!

Pregnant women should not take the risk of ultrasound scan without any strong medical reason.

Rakesh Kumar Lakshman

Written many famous TV serials including Health Based TV Shows, several articles and stories for various renowned magazines and also written articles for websites.