The nine months when you’re expecting a baby are some of the most exciting times in your life. Whether you’re a first-time parent or growing your family, there’s a major change that’s about to take place and it can be tough waiting to find out if your new addition will be a boy or girl and finding out what he or she will look like. With help from Comprehensive OB/GYN, you don’t have to. We offer 3D/4D ultrasounds in McKinney, TX to expecting parents who want to see more about their baby than a blurry 2D ultrasound. If you’re not familiar with 3D/4D ultrasounds, read below to learn what to expect and some of the key benefits of this cutting-edge technology.
What is a 3D/4D ultrasound?
A 3D/4D ultrasound is quite different from a traditional 2D ultrasound in that you’re going to get an image and essentially a video rendered in 3D of your baby. While the 4D image itself isn’t an actual video per se, it’s a compilation of 3D images that refresh at a fast enough rate that it looks like you’re watching a video of your little bun while it’s in the oven.
What are the benefits of getting a 3D/4D ultrasound?
Getting a 3D/4D ultrasound is often considered a fun way for parents to see their baby during pregnancy. However, there are still benefits to getting an ultrasound. If you’ve ever watched the screen during a 2D ultrasound, it can seem like it’s impossible to tell what exactly you’re looking at. A 3D ultrasound is much clearer and can provide you with a measure of clarity and comfort when confirming the baby’s sex.
Additionally, you might have tested your baby for any genetic disorders during pregnancy and found that there’s a risk for physical deformities or disabilities. A 3D/4D ultrasound is a great way for the doctor to take a look at your baby to confirm that they will or will not be born with any physical disabilities so you can plan accordingly.
When should I get my 3D/4D ultrasound?
When you get a 3D/4D ultrasound, you want to make sure that your baby is large enough that you can see them well. An ultrasound is recommended between 26 and 32 weeks gestation so you’re able to see special images of your baby sleeping or practicing gymnastics.
What should I do to prepare for a 3D/4D ultrasound?
If you want to see your baby move around a lot during the ultrasound, it’s important that you hydrate for several days before. This allows your body to fill your amniotic with more fluid so there’s more room for the baby to move around. It also makes the fluid clearer so you can get a better 3D picture. If you’re able to see a great picture of your baby you might even get lucky enough to see a part of his or her personality come out.
Request an appointment today
If you’d like to see your baby with a 3D/4D ultrasound in McKinney, TX, request an appointment with us at Comprehensive OB/GYN. We would love to share this unique experience with you as a way to get to know your baby before their arrival. Give us a call at 214-733-8001 or visit our patient portal. You can also send a message with any questions through our online contact form, but we do ask that you not submit any sensitive information via the form. We look forward to seeing you and your baby.