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When is the best time for a 3D / 4D Ultrasound?

Written by Hospital Bassinet Hire on September 27, 2011 – 11:53 am

Guest blog from Bridgette of Early View, Sydney’s premier 4D Ultrasound Centre

The best time for a 3d/4d ultrasound is at 29 weeks, by 29 weeks baby has more than enough body weight, the eyes have opened and baby isn’t too big to get wedged yet so the movement is good. The 3D photos are beautiful by this stage also and you can get a real look at what your little person is going to look like, who’s nose does bubba have etc?

What if I don’t want to know my baby’s gender?
A lot of people think that they will see the gender by doing this scan, NOT TRUE ! Your sonographer actually has to search for the gender so if you do not want to no the gender having one of these scans will keep that aspect a secret…you might think after the scan oh baby looks like a girl etc but the images are not indicative of gender.

What is the difference between 3D and 4D Ultrasound?
I get asked a lot what is the difference between 3D AND 4D. OK…3D is a still image, a photo. This is created to a CD-Rom. 4D is the live movement of baby, it is time, such a seeing your little person yawn or fidget with their fingers or play with the umbilical cord…

Do I need to have a full bladder before my 3D Ultrasound?
We recommend that you are well hydrated in the days leading up to the imaging. However your bladder does not have to be as full as for your 18 week scan. We also find that it helps to eat something sweet and sugary around 30 minutes before the scan to encourage the baby to move and create varying images.

Who are Early View?
Early View was the first clinic to bring this type of ultrasound to the women of Australia, we believe in the emotional aspect of the pregnancy and after 5+ years in business I have to say that our sonographers absolutely nail it every time. We get that this moment in time has to be right and we also get that this is a huge moment in time, after all your about to actually see what your little person looks like, how exciting is that ! Grandparents are always amazed and many parents to be leave the clinic overwhelmed by emotion. We love what we do here at Early View, the sonographers love the customer service aspect of this, its so nice to connect a belly with the body and to have an emotional scan.

We see lots of clients from 16+ weeks for genders. Remember the earlier you do this scan the less body weight baby has, I often refer to them as our little divine aliens until baby reaches 24+ weeks. Also women think the longer I wait the better the images will be…NOT TRUE LADIES ! This type of scan really relies on the amniotic fluid, the more fluid that surrounds baby the clearer your images will be…. Generally most women do our top package which is named the Imagery Package between 27-34 weeks.

I would like to put out there that every single woman is unique and every single person scans differently, no two mums are the same and no two bellies are the same. I get so upset when women compare themselves to others…this moment in time is yours and what makes it so special is that YOU are about to VIEW YOUR BABY…and how can that be anything other than amazing.

We try our absolute best to do our absolute best for each and every client and we are so grateful to each and every woman who chooses Early View. This moment in time is yours and we want you to fall head over heels in love with your bumb…after all your little person is growing in there.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us, this is our specialty in ultrasound and we rock at what we do. All of our girls are registered sonographers and they sub contract to us and have been doing so for the last 4+ years so you will always see a familiar face. Our staff turn over is incredibly small. So as a Company and people we must be doing something right.

Until next Blog Ladies….Stay true to you and remember we are all magnificent beings…we are all special and have our own wonderful qualities to bring to this Earth, be kind to each other and reach out and help those who need it.
Bridge x


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