Ultrasounds have become an expected part of pregnancy, with most (about 7 out of 10) pregnant women opting for at least one during that time. The technology is actually very new with sonograms being offered in the mid-80s and 90s.
What Do Ultrasounds Achieve?
There are generally about four main reasons a woman may want an ultrasound done:
- To determine estimated due date
- To determine sex of the baby
- To detect possible abnormalities in the baby or placenta
- To determine size of the baby or amount of amniotic fluid
Here are some of the concerns about ultrasounds:
- The Sound Levels For Babies May Be Damaging
Scientists are discovering that an ultrasound examination could be “as loud as that made by a subway train coming into the station” to the developing baby[18, 19].
2. Delayed Speech And Ultrasounds
There might be a link between hearing loss and an ultrasound. One case-controlled study found an association between prenatal ultrasound and delayed speech.
Those two factors really spoke to me as I was looking into ultrasounds, and with my second, I decided to opt out of having one done.