Are ultrasounds safe to get during pregnancy?

Dr. Charles Hageman discusses ultrasounds during pregnancy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Are ultrasounds safe to get during pregnancy?

Ultrasounds or sonograms have been around for 40 to 50 years now. It’s a great test. Prior to the routine use of ultrasounds in pregnancy, up to 50 percent of twins went undiagnosed until the lady was in labor. That’s a pretty exciting and scary moment at that time when the obstetrician says, “Oh I have something else to tell you...Have you thought of a second name?” I can’t imagine practicing obstetrics without ultrasounds. It’s a wonderful test. There’s no risk to the mother or the baby and they give us a world of information.


There is no concrete evidence that ultrasounds are harmful to the fetus, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon . No links have been found between ultrasound testing and health problems with the baby, either at birth or later in life, according to the ACOG.

Ultrasound waves can have a slight warming effect on bodily tissues, according to The Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon. For this reason, ultrasounds are performed sparingly, and should only be administered by licensed healthcare professionals, according to the FDA.

For more information about ultrasounds during pregnancy, talk to your doctor.

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