What is a 3D Ultrasound?
A 3D ultrasound procedure uses a screening device used to view the fetus during pregnancy. 3D ultrasounds are just still pictures of the fetus in three dimensions. They use high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted using a handheld probe to emit and even capture impulses produced by ultrasound waves that are emitted at different angles to come up with high resolution and clear 3D images of the baby. With the images, you can have a clear view of the umbilical cord and the placenta to access to health of the mother and baby.
How do 3D ultrasounds work?
3D ultrasound in early stages of pregnancy is performed by placing a transducer or a probe within the vagina or on the abdominal area where sounds waves are emitted at millions of cycles at a given second. For a bigger fetus, a transducer is moved around the mother’s belly at different angles to reveal the contours of baby features. The reflected echoes are then sent back to the computer for programming. The results are amazingly clear 3D volume images of the fetus surface and internal organs.
How soon can you have 3D ultrasounds?
The earliest you should have a 3D ultrasound is 25 weeks of your pregnancy. The best time for optimal results is 27-30 weeks of pregnancy.
However, still, the 25th week is not the ideal time for 3D ultrasounds. You should arrange your appointment between the 27th and 32nd week. This is because, at this period, the baby is still small in size but with a great baby image and in the correct position. After 32 weeks period, the unborn baby is likely to have descended into the pelvis which may make it impossible to achieve a great level of detail that a mother would want or desire.
Do you need a 3D ultrasound?
No, getting a 3D ultrasound is exciting and it is gives the Mommy an opportunity to make sure that the baby is healthy and still growing. It may help detect any developmental abnormalities. Also, the test may help to measure the amount of amniotic fluid just in case the mother is losing it or not replenishing it at the normal rates. Besides, if the placenta has problems such as abruption placentae (placenta growing prematurely) and placenta previa (wrongly positioned), the procedure may help detect it.
Other benefits of having a 3D ultrasound performed include:
– To confirm the lying position of the unborn baby
– Detect abnormalities of the uterus
– An incredible bonding experience for mother and family to be
Is 3D ultrasound safe?
All medical procedures are believed to have a risk. However, there’s no evidence to show a 3D ultrasound done in the right way will harm the mother and the unborn baby. Done properly by a trained technician, it has no known side effects.