Every expectant parent is curious to find out what their unborn child looks like. All these years, 2D ultrasounds were used to give them a peek at their unborn child. Doctors also used these 2D scans to monitor pregnancies to ensure the baby develops without any complications. Though informative, 2D scans don’t give you much of a picture of what the baby looks like.
The latest in scans used today are 3D and 4D pregnancy ultrasound scans that work just like 2D scans. The only difference is that 3D and 4D ultrasounds give a three dimensional and not flat image of the unborn baby. This three dimensional scan lets you clearly see the baby’s features so clearly, you’d never believe that it is an unborn and not live baby.
Bonding with the unborn child
3D and 4D ultrasounds let a mother see a live video of their child moving in them, and if you are lucky enough, you may also get to see your baby sucking thumbs and playing with their toes. These images in turn create a bonding between mother and baby long before the birth of the baby.
If you want to get a 3D and 4D pregnancy ultrasound, you have to find out if your medical practitioner offers the service. If not, you can approach one of the many clinics offering 3D and 4D pregnancy ultrasound scans. However, make sure you choose a reputed clinic with fully qualified professionals for both your and the unborn baby’s safety.
The machine used for 3D and 4D ultrasound is similar to the 2D scanning machines. You have to lay comfortably while having your scan. Your doctor will then smear some cold, wet gel on your stomach. This may be uncomfortable for a while; however once it warms up, the scan begins.
While you have to drink liters of water before the allocated time of a 2D scan, in 3D and 4D scans, it’s sufficient to drink lots of water in the few weeks before the scan. This ensures that the baby is surrounded by clear fluid, which in turn helps create a clearly defined picture of your unborn child.
So detailed are 3D and 4D ultrasounds that once you deliver your baby and look at it, you will feel that you’ve seen your baby somewhere before!
Article by: By Leena L Marcos