Question: I know that I should get an ultrasound, but I wonder, are they safe?

Answer: It’s totally normal to be worried about the safety of ultrasound exams. Most medical researchers agree that ultrasound exams don’t have any major risk to you or your baby. Researchers have looked many times for potential problems but haven’t been able to find any evidence that the test causes any.

Ultrasound is a really valuable tool in identifying issues and answering some questions during pregnancy. The information that ultrasound testing provides may be reassuring to both you and your healthcare provider.

If your healthcare provider has suggested an ultrasound for you and you’re worried about it, talk to him or her. They may have an important reason for doing an ultrasound exam. It could affect the well-being of your growing baby.