Many expectant mothers look forward to their prenatal ultrasound appointments, and they love the fact that they get to see what their baby looks like prior to its arrival. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we recognize that many High Desert women are considering having 3D or 4D ultrasounds during their pregnancy.

These technologically-advanced ultrasound appointments differ from traditional 2D ultrasounds, and Hesperia patients actually can have them performed in our office if they choose an upgraded ultrasound package. It is important that women understand the difference between these two types of ultrasound appointments prior to deciding what is best for them during their own pregnancy.

What is a 2D Ultrasound?

A 2D ultrasound is the traditional ultrasound that is performed at the half-way point of a woman’s pregnancy. This ultrasound appointment is generally covered by the insurance policy, and allows the ultrasound technician to use high-frequency sound waves in order to get a glimpse of the baby.

The development of the baby is typically analyzed, and the organs, bone structure and outline of the baby’s features can be seen. However, the image is not always clear, and the gender of the baby cannot always be determined during this appointment. Many parents find that this ultrasound is a wonderful choice for medical purposes, but they also want to see the baby’s features prior to the birth.

What is a 3D/4D Ultrasound?

A 3D/4D ultrasound is a unique and relatively new option available to expectant moms. During this appointment, special technology is used in order to provide new parents with the most accurate look at their new baby. The parents can actually see the baby’s features, including its eyes, lips, nose and mouth as well as watch the baby move around inside its mother’s belly.

Patients can choose certain packages which allow them to take home photos or even videos of this experience. Many parents-to-be find that this is a great way to bond with their baby before it even arrives, but it is important to note that this is an optional appointment. Most insurance policies will not cover this type of ultrasound. The appointment can be made between 8 weeks and 38 weeks, allowing parents to choose a particular stage of the pregnancy that works best for them.

Women who want to get a clear look at their baby prior to its arrival, or who want to confirm the gender of their baby with another ultrasound, may find that a 3D/4D ultrasound is the perfect choice for them. It can be a fun appointment for any mom-to-be, as the features of the baby are generally seen, and you can see the baby moving around on the screen.

Patients who are interested in this option or who want to know more information about the differences between these two types of ultrasound appointments should discuss their questions and concerns with Dr. Ahmadinia prior to the 20-week mark in their pregnancy. At this point, the patient will decide which type of ultrasound is the best choice for them.