Are Pregnancy Ultrasounds Safe or Unsafe?

Are Pregnancy Ultrasounds Safe or Unsafe?
Posted on 06/01/2022

With the rise of social media and the speed of information, there is some information about pregnancy ultrasounds out there. One big question in expecting mothers' minds is whether pregnancy ultrasounds are safe.

At Doylestown Women's Health Center, a woman's health is of utmost importance to us, and pregnancy care is our specialty. The Physicians at Doylestown Women's Health Center offer several services for expecting moms, including comprehensive obstetric care, ultrasounds, genetic counseling, and more.

We understand that you may have questions or concerns about pregnancy ultrasounds and their safety. Here is some information that may help put your mind at ease.

What Are Pregnancy Ultrasounds?

Also called a sonogram, a pregnancy ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your developing baby. Ultrasound technology has been used for more than 50 years and is widely considered to be safe.

How Safe Are Pregnancy Ultrasounds?

Pregnancy ultrasounds are considered to be very safe. There is no evidence that ultrasound exposure poses any risk to you or your baby.

What Are the Benefits of Having a Pregnancy Ultrasound?

Pregnancy ultrasounds can provide valuable information about your developing baby. They can help your healthcare provider:

-Confirm the due date
-Determine the number of babies you are carrying
-Detect multiple pregnancies
-Evaluate the position of the placenta
-Detect some birth defects
-Monitor the baby's growth and development

Who Should Not Have a Pregnancy Ultrasound?

Most women will have at least one ultrasound during their pregnancy. However, some women should not have an ultrasound. These include women who:

-Are pregnant with twins or more
-Have had a previous cesarean section
-Have had a previous uterine surgery
-Have placenta previa (low-lying placenta)
-Are at risk for preterm labor

How Often Should You Have a Pregnancy Ultrasound?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all women have at least one ultrasound during their pregnancy. However, some women may need more than one ultrasound. Your healthcare provider will determine how many ultrasounds you need based on your situation.

Schedule Your Visit Today

If you have any questions about pregnancy ultrasounds, other aspects of your pregnancy care, or women's health concerns, we encourage you to schedule a visit with us. Contact our office to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!