The American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists conducted a huge study and as a result says NO ULTRASOUNDS should be part of ROUTINE prenatal care. Ultrasounds should only be used when there is a legitimate medical concern. The routine use of ultrasounds -even if the ultrasound itself is 100% safe causes an increase in unnecessary tests and stress and many of these tests are not 100% safe. Routine ultrasound at best doesn't improve outcomes.
I am 8 months pregnant with my second and I have yet to have an ultrasound, and god willing no matter how many children I have I never will.
Routine Ultrasound in Low-Risk Pregnancy
In the US, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) estimates that 60 to 70 percent of pregnant women are scanned, despite an official statement from ACOG that recommends against routine ultrasound.2 At a cost of roughly $300 per procedure, this represents a cost of approximately $70 to $80 million each year in the US.
Effect of Prenatal Ultrasound Screening on Perinatal Outcome
Many health care providers routinely offer low-risk women one ultrasound exam between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, it is uncertain whether low-risk pregnant women benefit from routine ultrasound exams. A major study reported in 1993 found no significant difference between two groups of low-risk women (those who had two routine ultrasound exams and those who had an ultrasound only because there was some medical reason for it) in terms of the rate of preterm delivery, infant birthweight, serious complications in the newborn period or infant death (2).
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