Pregnant Women Warned About Ultrasound Videos, Heartbeat Monitors

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_283d1066fc.jpgmonkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The Food and Drug Administration is warning women who are pregnant not to risk the health of their fetus by taking ultrasound videos or using Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors that can be purchased without a prescription. The agency says the radiation from these products can produce effects on the body even though they’re generally considered safe to use.

Robert Phillips from the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health explains that ultrasound imaging sometimes results in small pockets of gas forming in body fluids or tissues.

Since the long-term effects still aren’t documented, Phillips feels that keepsake fetal videos just aren’t worth the possible risk to mother and child.

Meanwhile, the FDA is also cautioning that Doppler ultrasound heartbeat monitors ought to only be used under proper supervision by a health care professional. Although it might be exciting to hear a fetus’ heartbeat, Phillips suggested repeated use could cause harm to the fetus.

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