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Questions About Links from Fetal Ultrasounds to Autism


ultrasoundMost expectant parents are very excited to see ultrasound images of their baby in the womb throughout pregnancy and often want to see the sex of the baby using this technology as well.  However, with the boon of great technology sometimes comes possible concerns or even dangers.  Researchers are studying a possible link between ultrasounds during pregnancy and autism, in that the ultrasounds could possibly cause more significant autism symptoms in those with the condition. 

This study has brought about a new argument in the medical world, with those on the side of using ultrasounds in pregnancy for very noble reasons stating people should not be swayed by this research they believe has been debunked.  On the other side, autism researchers want individuals to know the possibility for more severe autism symptoms in those who had ultrasounds in the womb.  The balance in this fight seems to be coming in the form of experts stating that, rather than avoiding ultrasound altogether, doctors and patients should assure that there are not more frequent ultrasounds than truly warranted during pregnancy. There is concern that fetal ultrasounds are being done more frequently in the past and not for pure medical reasons.  It is recommended that they be done for medical reasons twice, around 12 weeks and 20 weeks into the pregnancy.  Doctors look to these fetal ultrasounds to help them determine due dates, whether there are multiple babies, and whether there are any medical concerns.  They, therefore, urge women to reduce rather than eliminate the procedure that utilizes sound waves to take a look inside the womb.    

Inserra Kelley Sewell seeks to make its readership aware of possible dangers out there and urges consumers to be proactive when it comes to the health and safety of the family.  It is wise to keep educated and informed regarding possible medical procedure dangers, such as with ultrasound studies during pregnancy.  Always balance education with informed discussions with your medical provider before making decisions for what is best for you and your baby’s health.  Our firm will make every effort to keep its readership informed of updates in such studies and their effects on the health of the consumer.         

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