The difference between 3D and 4D Ultrasound

Pregnant woman holds ultrasound photo on the belly in bed

By now you’ve found out your family is growing. You’ve made lists, thought of names, but have you scheduled an appointment for an ultrasound yet? You might want to put a hold on scheduling your appointment.
Let’s learn about the differences between a 3D and 4D ultrasounds. You’ve been hearing about them for a while from friends and family, but what are they good for? Does it have any effects on you or your baby? And how do you decide between a 3D and 4D ultrasounds?

3D Ultrasound

So, a 3D ultrasound is a still image of your baby instead of a flat, blurry outline of your child which is common with the traditional 2D ultrasounds, you instead receive a more developed version of what your child actually looks like. This allows you and your family the chance to enjoy seeing your baby for the first time. For the mommies, this heads up helps them to prepare physically and emotionally for any unexpectedness that may occur.

Just like traditional 2D scans, 3D and 4D ultrasounds use sound waves to build up the foundation of your child. But with 3D and 4D ultrasounds, the major difference is that volume is used to fill in the gaps. This allows you the opportunity to see your baby for the first time in a more real and life-like way.

4D Ultrasound

A 4D ultrasound does everything and works the same as a 3D ultrasound. However, the best part is that instead of a still image you can take a home a live video of your little one. Whether or not you’re lucky enough to catch a smile or a yawn. Nothing is more heartwarming to a mother than to see their child so alive in their belly. For a more special keepsake a 4D ultrasound would be the best way to go so you and your family can enjoy a moment captured in time.

When should I make an appointment?

If you do decide to enjoy the benefits of either a 3D or a 4D ultrasound then between 26 to 30 weeks would be the best time to come in. By 26 weeks your baby will have enough fat so you will be able to get a more developed picture of your baby. And by 30 weeks your baby’s head will begin to make its way down towards the pelvis which won’t give doctors an opportunity to get a good picture or video of your child.

Are there any negative effects?

Since ultrasounds have been used there have been no harmful effects to mommies or the development of their babies. Ultrasounds do have the potential to slightly heat and cause small gas pockets in body tissues. However, there has been no significantly negative results from this. You can find more information on any potential harmful effects here. https://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/MedicalImaging/ucm115357.htm

Potential harm also occurs when any untrained non-medical personnel administers an ultrasound scan. We want you and your growing family to have the utmost level of comfort which is why only trained medical professionals administer our 3D and 4D ultrasounds. It is also always a good idea to consult with your doctor ahead of time to be sure you have the “okay” before receiving either of our 3D or 4D ultrasound scans. This will ensure that you can enjoy a happy, calm and memorable experience.

We offer mommies a chance to hold their baby in their hands before the big day. By seeing their baby in a more life-like way gives parents a healthier outlook on the arrival of their baby as well as preparation for the big day. We hope to see you soon to enjoy this special opportunity to document your special journey in motherhood.

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