Being pregnant is an absolutely amazing time in life. Bonding with your baby while they are in the womb is one of the most exciting parts. As technology advances, we are able to learn and see more and more about babies even before they are born. Getting a 4D ultrasound is a way to meet your child and get unbelievable, unforgettable memories.
What Can You See in a 4D Ultrasound?
You are likely familiar with what a 3D image is. These images give you depth in addition to a picture of your baby. In a 4D ultrasound, time represents the fourth dimension. It gives you moving images of your baby in your womb.
There is little as exciting as getting a picture of your baby for a pregnant woman and her partner. Often, the gray and flat image created by 2D ultrasounds are not as informative and exciting as you were hoping for. These scans actually see through the baby, showing the organs. While this is useful information for our medical team, it is not as fun as a 3D or 4D image that shows skin and other details.
In a 4D ultrasound, you may get the actual shape of your baby’s nose and lips. If you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of a yawn, sucking their thumb, or sticking out their tongue. You will get to visually see the kicks and flips you have been feeling for weeks!
When Should You Get a 4D Ultrasound?
This is an entirely elective procedure, so you can have it done at any time. That being said, you will get the highest level of facial details if you wait until 27 to 34 weeks. This range is ideal because there is still a good amount of fluid, which allows for imaging. At the same time, your baby’s face will have enough fat to give you an idea of what they will look like. You may choose to have a 4D ultrasound done twice during your pregnancy, which will allow you to see their growth at different stages and ages.
If you are interested in getting a 4D ultrasound done and learning even more about your baby, get in touch with us at South Lake OB/GYN, located in Clermont, FL. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!