Pregnancy and Ultrasound: Benefit or Harm
Ultrasound examination is carried out with a special device, thanks to the use of ultrasonic waves and with the help of a special program on the screen you can see a black and white image of the fetus. According to most scientists, these waves do not have a detrimental effect on the body of a pregnant woman and baby in her womb. However, the thermal effects of ultrasound on the fetus can disturb it, but ultrasound is not a potentially dangerous procedure.
Despite the assurances of most scientists about the absence of harm to ultrasound for a pregnant woman and her fetus, disputes in science continue because of the lack of reliable research. Experiments that were conducted on animals showed that the constant effect of ultrasound affects the growth and development of the embryo as a whole, but during the application of this diagnostic method in modern medicine there was not a single confirmation of the detrimental effect of ultrasound on the human body.
It can be said with certainty that an ultrasound scan is of great benefit in the management of pregnancy. It makes it possible to detect in the early stages deviations in the development of pregnancy, to exclude complications that are dangerous for the life and development of the fetus.
An ultrasound of the first trimester (10-14 weeks) reveals possible malformations, determines the number of fruits, specifies the gestational age, the second ultrasound (20-24 weeks) examines the state of the amniotic fluid, the development of fetal organs, the sex of the unborn child, the last ultrasound (32 -34 weeks) estimated the weight and degree of development of the baby, the state of the placenta, is determined by the presentation of the fetus.
Modern doctors speak about ultrasound as one of the safest research methods, but you shouldn’t abuse this procedure, it should be done only when necessary and on the recommendation of an obstetrician-gynecologist.