Ultrasounds trending on social media

In this May 26, 2011 file photo, Mildred Rodriguez is 20 weeks pregnant with triplets and gets a routine ultrasound in San Jose, Costa Rica. (AP Photo)

There's a big jump in the number of ultrasounds pregnant women are receiving and there's some concern that sharing on social media may be a factor in the increase.

In 2014, the common ultrasound procedure averaged five per delivery up 92-percent from 2005, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The images have become a fixture on social media.

While ultrasounds haven't been shown to be harmful, medical experts say that frequent scans aren't medically justified in low-risk pregnancies, saying one or two is more appropriate.
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