The questions listed below are the most frequently asked about our elective prenatal ultrasound packages. Should you have any questions that are not answered below, please don't hesitate to contact us. Oh Baby Ultrasound Studio is based in Boynton Beach, Florida.
When Is the Best Time To Get the 3D Or 4D Ultrasound Performed?
It really depends on when you wish to see your baby. Earlier in your pregnancy, you will see cute and tiny body parts and often the baby is moving quite a bit. During mid-pregnancy, your baby is growing and filling out. You'll be better able to see facial features at this time. In the later stages of pregnancy, a sonogram will show a full-faced baby and chubby hands and feet. This isn't usually in the same frame as they're larger now unless, of course, they have their hand or foot in their face.
Why Are the Pictures Not Clear?
Every baby's image is different and there are several factors that determine the clarity of an ultrasound image. The amount of fluid surrounding the baby, its gestational age, and the position of the baby are a few of the factors that affect the image. The physical condition of moms-to-be also affects imaging. We cannot guarantee that your scanned images will be similar to others you might have seen in our studio or elsewhere.
Should I Drink Water Before the Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds work best when the sound waves have fluid or water through which to travel. A well-hydrated system will help to optimize the image. This is probably the most important factor. Your increased body weight can often affect the quality, because sound doesn't travel as easily through tissue as it does fluid. Our goal is to give you a pampered and peaceful experience that you can relive for years to come. We make every effort to work with you, trying various angles to possibly better visualize your new baby.
What Is an Elective Prenatal Ultrasound?
We offer elective 2D, 3D, and 4D prenatal ultrasounds to provide a positive bonding experience for mothers, fathers, and family members with an unborn baby. We feel that realistic surface images provide a connection between parents and baby, which can be beneficial to the whole family. We make no claims that 3D, as used in this examination, is performed to better assess the baby for abnormalities. A routine ultrasound examination must have already been performed to assess the gestational age of the fetus. Your doctor's ultrasound can better evaluate if any fetal anomalies and basic components exist.
Does This Take the Place Of an Ultrasound At My Doctor's Office?
Absolutely not. Women seeking an elective prenatal ultrasound must be receiving treatment with a healthcare provider for prenatal care and have already undergone a medical or diagnostic ultrasound ordered by their provider to confirm their due date, screen for fetal anomalies, and to look for any other pregnancy-related issues. The issues that we're evaluating in the elective prenatal ultrasound session include a limited diagnostic scan to confirm heartbeat, the number of babies in the pregnancy, and the position of the baby. We will also screen for the placental location. Please note, at no time is this exam to be used in place of a complete diagnostic ultrasound.
Is It Safe?
Extensive studies conducted for more than 30 years have found that ultrasounds have not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby. Routine scanning of all pregnancies is now routine throughout the United States. In 3D or 4D scanning, the same intensity is used in conventional 2D scanning. 3D and 4D ultrasounds both utilize sound waves to look inside the body. The technology is similar to a radar. A probe placed on the body emits sound waves into the body, listens for the return echo, and generates an image. 4D ultrasounds will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.