In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I have shared my concerns and research about ultrasounds and the connection with missed abortions. As a result of those posts, several women shared with me that they canceled or postponed their scheduled scans. So this post is for you gals! Because yes, you have options besides the routine scans.
Read part 1 of this series – my experiences with ultrasounds and the risks of scans
Read part 2 – the research for the inquisitive mind
In this post I am sharing what I advise my patients around ultrasounds (do’s and don’ts and remedies) and what you alternatives are for:
- Confirming your pregnancy
- Dating the pregnancy
- Finding out the sex
- Checking for placenta previae
- Checking the heart beat
- Checking for twins
“I had planned an ultrasound next week now that I am 6 weeks pregnant, but after reading your article, I postponed it. I have had two missed miscarriages in the past. In both cases I had 5-6 week scans that looked good, but the heartbeats were gome at the 8 and 10 week scans. Both times the babies measured at only 6 weeks, so they must have died right after the scans.” – patient
If you have seen the previous two posts of this series and have read that not even the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will guarantee the absolute safety of ultrasounds, you will understand these 5 things I advise my patients as their fertility homeopath.
1. Do not us Doppler or 3D and 4D imaging at all
2. Skip the first ultrasound that confirms if you are pregnant and do not get an ultrasound before 12 weeks unless your doctor suspects an ectopic pregnancy.
3. Have you doctor inform you on symptoms to look out for if you have a higher risk of complications such as a past ectopic pregnancy.
4. If you need to have a scan for medical reasons, take the homeopathic remedy Ultrasound 30c before the scan, right after, and once a day after that for 2 more days.
5. Evaluate if you really need an ultrasound at all and consider your alternatives
Alternatives to scans..? Yes, you have alternatives! For thousands of years women and babies have done without ultrasounds and there are technologies today that can also give the information ultrasounds give. So here we go.
Your alternatives for…
…confirming your pregnancy. Using a drugstore test will tell you that! On top of that, if you have charted your menstrual cycle, the continue elevated temperatures will confirm that as well. To make sure that you are sure and that you have the right level of HcG (pregnancy hormone), I recommend that you get a blood test too.
…dating the pregnancy. According to studies, dating from your last period is just as accurate as from an ultrasound. If you chart your cycle and can pinpoint when you ovulated, you won’t be able to get more accurate than that! (Not charting yet? Sign up for my free course here).
It is also important to note that dating via ultrasound is only reliable till 14 weeks. After that if baby is 10-14 days bigger or smaller than expected, the due date is adapted even if not as reliable. That puts women at risk for unnecessary c-sections because they are considered overdue even if they are not.
…finding out the sex. Ok, I understand this is fun, but is it really worth putting your baby at risk just so you can pick a name and colors? Go old-school and be surprised when your sweetheart first sees the light! If you really want to know, you can find this out through a blood test.
…checking for placenta previae. One of the things checked at the 20 week scan is if the placenta covers the cervix partially or completely. This is called placenta previae. However, in almost all cases where this shows up at that scan, it is resolved by the time a woman goes into labor. Therefore getting this diagnosis at 20 weeks may unnecessarily give you worries. Also the doctor will order follow-up scans, exposing baby to even more ultrasounds. If a woman actually has this problem, there will often be a warning bleed later on in the pregnancy, at which stage you could still consider doing an ultrasound shortly before you are due. Again, if you do, make sure to take Ultrasound 30c before and after, and daily for another 2 days.
…checking the heart beat. From 18-20 weeks you can start using a fetoscope (a stethoscope but for you belly) to listen to your baby’s heartbeart. Remember that Doppler raises tissue temperature above the safe levels, so leave those home devices to the side.
…checking for twins. If in early stages you are dealing with extra nausea and feel like you are growing quite big quickly, you can have a blood test done. Chances are that your HcG levels will be higher than with a momma with just 1 tenant. To be sure, you will know once the midwife can check your belly and feel several babies. Ultrasounds sometimes can be inconclusive because kiddo’s sometimes hide behind one another.
So there it is, you do not need to do all the ultrasounds that are offered to you!
I really hope that these posts have helped you make up your mind on this really difficult topic. If so, please like, comment and share!
If you would like natural treatment during (the early stages of) your pregnancy and/or labor, make an appointment with me and we will look at your case together.