3D 4D Ultrasound Questions

What is the difference between 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound?

2D ultrasound is the traditional method that produces flat, two-dimensional, black and white images. 3D ultrasound is an advancement which captures a true, 3D image of your baby, often allowing you to see very clear facial features. 4D ultrasound is an actual moving 3D image of your baby. Actions such as yawning, turning and even subtle movements can be seen. We’ve even seen babies sucking their thumb as they peacefully sleep.

When is the best time to have a 3D/4D ultrasound?

The optimal time is between 28 and 34 weeks, especially if you plan to only have one 4D ultrasound performed during your pregnancy. Some of our customers enjoy multiple visits so they can see their baby at various stages.

Is an appointment required?

Yes. This is a very special occasion and we want to set aside a time designated specifically for you!

Are there any risks to either me or my baby?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves which are harmless and pose no risk to you or your baby.

Is this a substitute for the ultrasound at my doctor’s office?

Absolutely not. Our 3D/4D ultrasounds are ELECTIVE procedures designed to help families bond with their unborn baby. We’ll capture keepsake 3D ultrasound images for you to treasure and share with family and friends. You doctor will perform a medical diagnostic ultrasound for determining due date and detecting any abnormalities. In fact, we require that you are currently under the care of a licensed physician and have received your first diagnostic sonogram from your physician before you see us.

How long can I expect my appointment to take?

You should plan to be at our office for approximately one hour. The actual ultrasound procedure can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 30 minutes depending on the package you choose. We’ll also need some time to prepare the ultrasound photos, CD, and DVD depending on the package you chose.

What should I do to prepare for my 3D/4D ultrasound?

To improve your chances of getting the clearest ultrasound images, we advise that you drink plenty of water. Try to increase the amount of water you drink for at least five days before your appointment to help improve the quality and clarity of your ultrasound images. Plus, it’s healthy for you and your baby.

How much of my baby will I see?

Factors that most influence the ultrasound images we are able to obtain include: the position of your baby during the ultrasound, the amount of amniotic fluid, and the number of weeks pregnant you are. If your baby is facing forward, we can generally capture excellent images of your baby’s face, hands and feet. If, however, your baby is facing down, then capturing specific features can present a challenge. Earlier in a pregnancy, we are able to capture more of the baby’s body in one ultrasound photo, but the facial features are not very detailed. Later in a pregnancy, we can capture more details of the face, but not the entire body in one image.

Can you determine my baby’s gender?

Most of the time we are able to determine your baby’s sex. Occasionally, the baby is in a position that makes it very difficult for us to determine gender. We will do everything possible to answer this very important question accurately for you.

Is 3D 4D ultrasound covered by insurance?

No, 3D 4D ultrasound at Mommy’s First Glance is an elective procedure not covered by insurance. However, we offer a number of payment options, including all major credit cards.

Can I invite my family and friends to my appointment?

Absolutely! We want you to share this very special occasion with your loved ones.

When is the best time to have a 2d gender reveal ultrasound?

We can capture quality 2D ultrasound photos of your baby anytime after 8 weeks. If you want to know the gender of your baby, the anatomical gender part does not form until 16 weeks. Any ultrasound performed before 16 weeks to determine gender is an educated guess.