I have adamantly refused ultrasounds for all of my pregnancies, in spite of doctor and social pressure. It takes a lot of courage to say no. I would have consented if there were specific complications during my pregnancies. I have been telling mothers my concerns about ultrasounds since 1993 (during my first pregnancy when two landmark scientific papers were published). My babies’ birth weights have been in the 8, 9, and 10 pound range. Now, there are new studies that point to the risks of routine ultrasounds.
Ultrasound ‘may harm foetuses’
“Frequent ultrasound scans during pregnancy may result in growth restriction in the womb and the birth of smaller babies…”
“‘Prenatal ultrasound by itself can no longer be assumed to be entirely harmless’.”
“Ultrasound is widely used, but has never been studied through large controlled clinical trials.”
Scientists to test ultrasound as a male contraceptive
(I saw this when it came out and was thinking how ultrasound must certainly negatively affect unborn babies.)
If ultrasound destroys sperm, why is it safe for a fetus?
“Ultrasound is extremely damaging to the health of any unborn child (fetus).”
Ultrasound: More Harm than Good?
“Although ultrasound is expensive, routine scanning is of doubtful usefulness, and the procedure has not yet been proved to be safe, this technology is widely used, and its use is increasing rapidly without control…”
“The World Health Organisation stresses that health technologies should be thoroughly evaluated prior to their widespread use. Ultrasound screening during pregnancy is now in widespread use without sufficient evaluation. Research has demonstrated its effectiveness for certain complications of pregnancy, but the published material does not justify the routine use of ultrasound in pregnant women. There is also insufficient information with regard to the safety of ultrasound use during pregnancy. There is as yet no comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment of ultrasound use during pregnancy, including: clinical effectiveness, psychosocial effects, ethical considerations, legal implications, cost benefit, and safety.”
“WHO strongly endorses the principle of informed choice with regard to technology use. The health-care providers have the moral responsibility: fully to inform the public about what is known and not known about ultrasound scanning during pregnancy; and fully to inform each woman prior to an ultrasound examination as to the clinical indication for ultrasound, its hoped-for benefit, its potential risk, and alternative available, if any.”
Ultrasound warning: procedure may harm babies’ brains
“Ultrasounds could pose a threat to the development of unborn babies’ brains.”
“Pregnant mice exposed to ultrasound gave birth to some offspring that suffered brain abnormalities…”
“Ultrasounds are not only potentially damaging to developing brains,” added Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate, “they’re also extremely loud to the fetus. Amniotic fluid is an excellent transmitter of sound energy, and ultrasounds emit powerful sound waves. The long-term effect of this unnatural exposure to extremely strong sound energy is entirely unknown…”