The opportunity to see your little one in high-definition before they’re born is a hard opportunity to pass up. This is why 4D ultrasounds have become popular among expecting parents.
At Baby Bound Ultrasound, we’ve had the pleasure of helping many families fall in love at first sight with their little bundle of joy. If you’re curious about 4D ultrasounds, here are three things you should know before booking your appointment:
It’s a Real-Time 3-Dimensional Moving Image
Prenatal ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves that bounce back like an echo when they reach the baby. These echos are collected and turned into an image of the baby by a computer.
4D ultrasounds send waves from multiple angles to capture a 3D still image. The 4D effect is created by capturing multiple 3D images one after the other to produce a real-time moving image.
Book Between 25 and 28 Weeks For the Best Results
Ultrasounds can be done at any time. However, 4D ultrasounds produce the best results between 25 and 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Leading up to the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby has developed enough to see their facial structure/features. Yet, they’re still small enough for an ultrasound to capture a clear view and a good amount of movement.
At this point, your baby’s reflexes are also developing at this point so you may be able to capture them moving in response to your voice!
What You Can Expect from a 4D Ultrasound
Of course, every parent is hoping to see your baby’s face, but what a 4D ultrasound is able to capture depends on a few factors:
- The direction they’re facing – If your baby is facing outwards towards your belly you’ll be able to see more of their face.
- Where they’re located – If your baby has already moved down into the pelvis (later stages of pregnancy) then you may not be able to see their face at all. This is why we recommend you book an appointment between 25 and 28 weeks!
- Amniotic fluid level – The more amniotic fluid there is around the baby means they’re floating more, so there will likely be more movement shown.
Even if you can’t get a good view of their face, keep in mind that you’ll still be able to see them move around! You can witness their fingers and toes wiggle or watch their arms and legs wave around.
Affordable 4D Ultrasounds in Chicago
At Baby Bound Ultrasound, we’ve created a warm and nurturing environment for a memorable 4D ultrasound experience in Chicago. With over 20 years of experience as a professional healthcare worker, Cindy strives to make your experience an unforgettable one.