That is the question.
Me and the built in baby carriage went in for our follow up beta check this morning and came back with an astonishing 7018 (which is ironic because that’s the year a psychic named Xena predicted I would die…) Everything seems to be going grand, great and wonderful. The Wonder Twins are doing what they’re supposed to be doing and all is good.
“WONDER TWINS POWER ACTIVATE! FORM OF…..FETUS!”
Oh, speaking of my womb, we have a question for all you IVF bloggerinos….
Next week we are scheduled for The Big Show: The Heartbeat Ultrasound! So, here is our delicious dilemma…..first, a little anecdote…..
When I was in college, I planted some bonsai seeds. I wanted to grow bonsai plants and trim them and prune them and have people believe me zen. They would ask me questions regarding life and love and morality. I would snip-snip-snip, pause, breathe and answer in very few words and usually in the form of another question.
This never happened.
Five days after planting the seeds I grew impatient that the seedlings had not yet sprouted. On the sixth day I told myself I would give them until noon and if they hadn’t shown up I was going in after them. Short story shorter, I ended up waiting two more hours before digging in with a chopstick , delicately scooping away clumps of soil until I found………..the plant, about ready to break through the surface. Perhaps another day, perhaps two and I would have had my patience rewarded. I smiled devilishly and dumped the dirt back on the sprouting sapling.
My zen dream was going to come true….
Only it never did. I killed it. I killed my baby plant. I was no wise yogi. I was Yogi Bear.
Now I stand about five days away from hearing our babies heartbeats. Thump-thump-thump (or, as the hitch hiker’s heartbeat goes, thumb-thumb-thumb) and we’re excited about it. In fact, we’re REALLY excited about it. It’s an experience all of our friends have said, “…really just brings it home”. That said, I feel a little like Yogi Bear again, standing above the developing seed, holding an ultrasound wand in my hand instead of a chopstick and getting ready to start digging around in some soil that would be better off undisturbed.
I’m not worried about killing our “seeds” but what I AM just a weeee bit concerned about is autism or other neurological disorders. BUT WAIT!!! Don’t write me off as a cooky hippie just yet. Let me run my case. I promise I’ll make it short….
First off, here’s a link to an article about an experiment a Yale laboratory did on mice. They exposed pregnant mice to an ultrasound and studied the mini-meeces brains once they were born. The study concluded that neurological disorders were present in them.
If you don’t want to read the article, that’s fine. It pretty much says what I just did but they sound REALLY smart. It’s quite impressive, all the big words they use.
Secondly, I KNOW that everyone says “There is no conclusive evidence that suggests ultrasounds and autism are linked” and I understand that BUT……is it just because there isn’t proper research? “Not conclusive” means incomplete. It doesn’t mean “Completed and results are negative”.
Remember, “There is no conclusive evidence that links tobacco use to lung cancer”.
Did you know that 30 years ago autism affected 1 / 10,000 children and today it affects 1 / 100? SOMETHING is going on. Is it ultrasounds? Is it vaccines? Is it microwaves? Plastics? Is it the internet? Did Al Gore invent autism?
I realize that the article specifies that this should not discourage pregnant women from having medically necessary ultrasounds, but the crucial wording there is “medically necessary”. John and I have decided not to find out the sex of the baby/ies or undergo any genetic abnormalities testing (as it would not change the outcome of the pregnancy for us). So, is this a medical necessity ultrasound or just something of convenience and/or parental entertainment? What did they do back in the day before this new technology? (Besides smoke cigarettes and knock back a few celebratory drinks).
We’ve discussed our concerns with our doctor and she has assured us that there is no risk whatsoever to prenatal ultrasounds. I LOVE our doctor and trust her hugely but I can’t help but think that most doctors also said bloodletting, mercury, lobotomies, radium water, Bendectin and bacon were totally harmless too – and look how well those all turned out.
ps. Bendectin is an anti-morning sickness pill that was pulled from the shelves in ’83 after they discovered it was causing birth defects.
pps. Bacon is delicious.
ppss. Damn you, bacon.
Point is, science seems to change it’s mind a LOT. What’s great for us one minute turns out to be terrible for us 50 years later.
There’s no disputing that there is a huge rise happening in autism now and I can’t help but wonder if some of the neurological problems are partly cropping up because of the rise in ultrasounds. I’m NOT saying that it’s ALL because of ultrasounds………but is it a potentially contributing factor????????
So………..what are your thoughts? Does any of this make you a nervous-pervous?
Finally…..and not that I think any of you lovelies would do this……but please……..play nice and no e-fighting. This is just a friendly exchange of thoughts. There is no condemnation here no matter what your stupid, personal opinion is.