4D Ultrasounds: The Special Bonding Experience With Your BabyFor the longest time, doctors have been utilizing conventional 2D ultrasound scanning to get flat images of unborn babies in their mother’s wombs. With these images a trained sonographer can determine the baby’s sex and check for any abnormalities with the development of the fetus. These 2D ultra-sound scans can tell you a lot about the developmental stage of the fetus, however, it won’t reveal what your baby’s features are and what they look like. This is where 3D and 4D ultra-sound scanning comes in.
3D and 4D Ultrasounds:
3D and 4D ultrasound scans have been gaining popularity in recent years. These ultrasound scans take multiple images at varying angles to form a three-dimensional rendering of your unborn baby. While 3D ultrasounds are limited to still pictures, with 4D ultrasounds, you can see these images in movement within real time, just like a video. 4D ultrasounds allow you to see detailed features and movements, such as your baby blinking her eyes, sucking her thumb and kicking around. The best time to avail of a 3D or 4D Ultrasound is when your baby is around 24-34 weeks old. Babies under 24 weeks have less subcutaneous fat and won’t have the cute baby face with chubby cheeks at that point. The baby will still look bony and more skeletal-like. Some parents still enjoy seeing these early images, but to get beautiful and clear 3D and 4D images of the baby, it’s best to wait until later on in the pregnancy. Detailed facial features can be better seen once the baby is more developed and more movement can be captured. To get the best pictures the baby should be in a good position, and have sufficient amniotic fluid surrounding her.
Is it harmful to my baby?:
There is still no substantial evidence to suggest that undergoing 3D and 4D sounds is harmful to the baby. Studies that evaluate the safety of ultrasound technology have inconclusive results, and potential risks are still not clear. Currently, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that there isn’t any reliable scientific evidence of ultrasound being harmful, but may find some new discoveries in the future. Doctors do agree however, that exposure to ultrasound should be limited.
Why should I get a 4D Ultrasound?:
Many parents feel very excited seeing the progress of their baby grow from very early stages. 4D ultrasound scanning takes the next step in anticipating your new bundle of joy. You won’t just be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat, you’ll be able to watch them move, kick, play with their umbilical cord, and point out which features your baby received from each parent. It’s an exciting and moving experience to really see your baby for the first time. Many parents feel overwhelmed having a chance to observe their baby even before she comes into this world. A lot of people enjoy taking home their 4D ultrasound footage as a souvenir and sharing it with their friends and family. When your baby grows up they will also get to enjoy seeing themselves develop from their very early stages. All in all, it’s a great memento to keep of a miraculous time that you can fondly look back on.
Ultrasound Background & Gender Reveal Parties
Medicinal and biology-oriented technology has come a long way. Things that would have been deemed impossible and implausible a few decades back are happening in full gear these days. A marvel of these innovations which defines the generation of today is the ultrasound. Ultrasound enables us to view the fetus inside the womb of a pregnant woman, without any possible damage to either the mother or the child. The image is further displayed on a live screen. Let’s look into what exactly goes on behind the scenes and what is this new trend of 3D ultrasound parties!
A brief overview
Also known as the sonogram, ultrasounds are a prenatal test offered to pregnant women which enables them to have a ‘look’ at their baby. The main objective of the ultrasound is to determine the baby’s health and development. Furthermore, this also gives a mother the insight of how the baby is doing overall. Mothers can choose not to be informed of particular information, however, the doctors responsible scan for all vitals and ensure that the baby grows healthily and if there are any issues whatsoever, they are accounted for initially when something can be done about it.
Reasons for an ultrasound
There are several reasons one may decide to get an ultrasound. Here are a few!
- To make sure that you’re pregnant.
- To check if it is a single baby, a twin or perhaps a triplet.
- To check heartbeat, development and muscle tone.
- To examine ovaries and uterus
- To check for complications regarding the pregnancy.
Are there any risks involved?
Ultrasounds, compared to X-rays, essentially make use of sound waves as compared with radiation. This is why there are no potential health hazards when one may consider having an ultrasound which is why it is safe for both the mother and the baby.
The latest innovation in this faction is the emergence of 3D ultrasound, which generates the image of the baby in three dimensions, giving the perception of height and depth. These procedures are relatively expensive and are not covered by all insurance companies.
Ultrasound parties & Gender Reveal Events
Given the ease of accessibility in this day and age, resourceful and financially capable families host an ‘ultrasound party.’ A third party, often with minimal or no medicinal affiliation is hired. These companies are basically ultrasound technicians whom own their own machine, which is why they are chosen. A family may choose to invite those they deem close friends and other nearby relatives. The objective of the ultrasound parties is to have the gender reveal in front of friends and family in live-time.
Furthermore, this also allows the family to ‘see’ the baby’s face for the first time. There are several counter-arguments for parties of such intentions due to complications they can create. The foremost example that is used is that since there are no active medicinal personals around, in case that the ultrasound displays no heartbeat or breathing, the event can come crashing down around you. This is why it is always said to leave medicinal entertainment at the door and leave such activities for the confines of a hospital only!