Recent technological advancements have made the ultrasound process far more fun and enjoyable for parents who are expecting a new baby. In the past, most ultrasounds that were performed provided parents with a shadowy image and outline of their growing baby, one that could be hard to see sometimes. Now, 3D/ 4D ultrasounds are available, allowing expectant parents in the High Desert region to have a better idea of what their new baby is going to look like. During these ultrasound appointments, Apple Valley parents will be able to see distinct facial features and other parts of their growing baby, and they may even be able to find out the baby’s gender.

What are the Best Tips for Having a 3D/ 4D Ultrasound Performed?

A 3D/ 4D ultrasound can be performed at about 14 weeks gestation, but for the best results and to see the most defined facial features, medical professionals recommend having the ultrasound performed between 26 and 32 weeks gestation. At this point in the pregnancy, the baby has developed more body fat and its features will be more distinguished. In many cases, parents can identify their own resemblance in their growing child. It is a very special and exciting experience.

Consider having these ultrasounds done prior to your baby shower or gender reveal in order to be able to announce the big news to your family members and your friends who are anxiously waiting to hear whether you are having a boy or a girl. This is a popular trend, as many people think of creative and unique ways to share their exciting announcement. If you have your 3D/ 4D ultrasound done before your celebrations, then you can announce with certainty whether you will be purchasing pink ribbons and bows or blue hats and tennis shoes.

Drink plenty of water prior to the appointment, and bring a cup of ice with you in order to make sure that the baby cooperates. You need fluid in your body in order for the ultrasound waves to be the most effective. This will allow you to get the best view of your baby. In addition, ice will encourage the baby to move throughout the procedure. This allows the technician to see the entirety of the baby, and provide you with all of the information that you want to know.

At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we offer our High Desert patients the opportunity to invest in a 3D/ 4D ultrasound package during their pregnancy. This allows them to receive all of the benefits associated with this special type of ultrasound and walk away with cherished mementos of this time in their lives. If you are interested in purchasing a 3D/ 4D ultrasound package, be sure to discuss your options with Dr. Ahmadinia during your next routine prenatal appointment.