Hi there. I'm a 34 year old and single and am expecting my first baby (24 weeks pregnant now) via embryo donation. I am finding I'm becoming very anxious about everything to the point that I'm finding it hard to function. I'm worried about so many things affecting the baby and wanted to see if any other people had done any of the following with no issues?
A lot of infertility PTSD and a small subchorionic haematoma meant that in the first trimester I had ultrasound scans at 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and then I had my nuchal at 12. 12 and 19 week morphology scan went really well too with all appearing normal with Heart rate and size, health of the baby, etc. Now I've read that ultrasounds can be harmful and I don't know whether this is true or not but I'm terribly worried about what it says about a link to autism.
I used my electric blanket until about 19 weeks (I don't warm up easily just with extra clothes and blankets), not realising it was an issue, and the ob saying to me earlier that it was fine as long as not overheating. I mostly left it on the lowest setting when I went to sleep which kept me comfortable and not hot on the long cold winter nights.
In the first trimester though I did fall asleep with it on one of the higher settings and woke up hot and a bit sweaty probably on three separate occasions in those weeks and got up and cooled myself quickly in the cold air. Now I'm reading that electric blankets are extremely dangerous to developing fetuses because of electromagnetic fields!!! I'm terrified I have caused some sort of neurological damage from the EMF or heat!
I boiled some rice bran oil to fry some food the other night and ended up forgetting about it being on (baby brain!!) and the stuff started smoking and smoked out the whole flat! I turned on the oven vent and opened the doors and turned on fans but was terrified because I inhaled a couple breaths of the fumes by accident.
I've pretty much most nights listened to music on my headphones. Fairly loud and nice for me but now wondering if the baby can get damage to hearing from this? I have never ever put the earphones on my belly, just had them over own ears. Does the baby hear things that are through your headphones?
I am just so terrified I'll have caused brain damage that might lead to learning problems or behavioural or ASD from these things. It's really scaring me.
The things I've done right in my pregnancy are:
Gone to all my appointments
Had flu shot
Not taking any medications
Been on prenatal vitamins for about a year before conceiving
Taking Calcium and Vitamin D supplement
Just started fish oil (I hope I'm not too late for this?)
I walk or use my ergocycle for 1 hour a day for exercise
I drink nutritional supplement drinks and eat lots of milk and yoghurt
Have avoided all the pregnancy food no nos.
Please reply if you have any reassurance you can give me on these things! I'm so worried at the moment.