‘Bachelor’ Stars Throw ‘Ultrasound Party’ So That Friends and Family Can Meet Baby in the Womb
What do you think of when you think of a baby shower? We think of pink or blue decorations, silly games, yummy food and lots of cute gifts for the parents-to-be.
Arie Luyendyk and wife Lauren met on season 22 of The Bachelor. Since the way they met was so unusual, it probably shouldn’t seem strange that they’d do something rather unusual at the baby shower for their first child.
It was a typical baby shower at first, with food, games, gifts, but there was one aspect that was something you’d typically only do in a doctor’s office. The couple had an ultrasound technician perform an ultrasound at the party so all of the guests could see their unborn baby.
Not only did Lauren get an ultrasound during the party, but two of her pregnant friends did too.
On one hand, this can seem quite bizarre, but on the other hand, it sounds kind of incredible.
The medical community is divided about the idea of couples having unnecessary ultrasounds. On the one hand, there aren’t any known risks. On the other hand, there may be risks we currently don’t know about, and in that case, it’s better not to chance it.
Dr. George Arnold thinks an “ultrasound party” where a mobile ultrasound service comes to your home is a great idea and a wonderful way to bond with your baby. He says, “There is something special about not only feeling your baby move but being able to see what your baby’s like.”
The only concern he raises is if the ultrasound technician happened to find something concerning during the ultrasound, it could be quite awkward for the couple to have a conversation that would usually be private in front of all of their friends and family.
Dr. Ori Nevo thinks there are other reasons not to have a mobile ultrasound. Dr. Nevo says, “We don’t know if there’s any issue we haven’t picked up with studies…When we don’t know something, we think it’s better not to expose the patients for unnecessary testing.”
What do you think of the idea of having an ultrasound technician come to your home to turn your baby shower into an “ultrasound party”?