For most moms a 3D/4D ultrasound is or will probably be the first peek at their unborn child. However, not all OB/GYNs offer a 3D/4D Ultrasound testing. Luckily there are 4D Ultrasound Studios that offer these personel procedure allow parent to view their unborn children before they are born.
What is a 3D/4D Ultrasound:
According to What To Expect, a 3D Ultrasound is multiple two-dimensional images are taken at various angles and then pieced together to form a three-dimensional rendering. For instance, instead of just seeing a profile view of your cutie’s face, you can see the whole surface (it looks more like a regular photo). A 4D ultrasound exam is similar, but the image shows movement — which means like a video, you see your baby doing things in real time (like opening and closing his eyes and sucking his thumb)”.
3D/4D Ultrasound usually takes 15-30 minutes depending on the package, and the position of the child.
Why you should have a full bladder?
A full bladder provides a useful perspective for the Sonographer to use during the test. The bladder serves as a black background during the procedure, with the baby appearing white against the black background. For procedures performed later in pregnancy, a full bladder is not mandatory.
Optimal Time to Get 3D/4D Ultrasound
Optimal time to schedule the 3D/4D Ultrasound is between weeks 27 and 34 of the pregnancy. Waiting until later in pregnancy could lead to unclear images. Having the procedure earlier than 14 weeks could produce inconclusive results regarding the gender.
Although this procedure is optional, many parents enjoy having this 1st glimpse of their unborn baby. Most insurances carriers don’t insurance covers the test. If you find that it is not covered, inquire about payment options and plans available.