Ultrasounds are a marvel of modern technology. They’re basically a window into your body, where you can actually see what your fetus is doing in your uterus. However, if you’re at all like me, while you very much look forward to your ultrasound visits, you simultaneously think that ultrasounds are the absolute worst.
Look, it's not that I'm not thankful for the capable of checking on my pregnancy and making sure all is well. It's just that, you know, you have to get out of your nice comfy maternity leggings and put on a weird paper gown thingy, and then someone is going to put a gooey wand on you (or worse, in you). That's not my idea of a good time, you guys. The higher-risk your pregnancy, the more of them you’re likely to have, and the more likely you are to be nervous during them. Furthermore, few things illustrate all that’s wrong with America’s healthcare system like an ultrasound visit. The waiting, the bureaucracy, the usually insufficient time to get all your questions answered, the way-too-frequent occurrence of time-consuming insurance billing mistakes. I mean, it's a mess.
Sadly, because pregnancy is supposed to be all unicorns and sunshine and magic, you’re supposed to be nothing but excited for these visits. No. You may never hear your other friends say it, or maybe you’re the first of your friends to have a baby and you have no one to commiserate with yet, but if you’re feeling like an alien for freaking out over ultrasound visits, please know you’re not alone. Here are just a few reasons why, while helpful, they're the absolute worst: