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A 30-year-old female asked:

Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy be linked to autism?

4 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No!: Ultrasound has absolutely no relationship whatsoever with the development of autism.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Not that I know: I have not seen any research that shows a link between ultrasounds in pregnancy and autism. Ultrasound is a valuable tool to use in ob, (check dates, position of placenta, growth of baby), but sometimes it is overdone, because it is risk free, and parents like to see pictures, and drs. Like to 'make sure' they are not surprised. It's a wonderful tool, that sometimes is used to much imho.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
No: This is being looked at in detail. So far there is no evidence that ultrasounds performed in routine manner are of any risk to fetal development. However, if you have medical problems for which the repeated ultrasounds are being requested, that issue may have an effect on the fetus. You need to direct these questions to the doctor ordering the ultrasounds.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
No: ultra sounds during pregnancy have not been associated with the occurrence of autism.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How many ultrasounds will I have during my pregnancy?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danielle Salhany
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Varies: Most women will have one ultrasound in the first trimester to verify dating and possibly as part of a special early screening for chromosomal abnormalities. A detailed second trimester ultrasound (around 20 weeks)is typical to look for any fetal abnormalities. Any additional ultrasounds will vary depending upon the specific circumstances of your pregnancy.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What number of ultrasounds is too many during pregnancy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The # of ultrasounds: can vary by situation. For instance - some women with particular complications may need more frequent ultrasounds.

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