Having the first ultrasound or ultrasound that allows you to meet your baby can be an unforgettable and exciting experience to say the least, but at the same time it can be scary. Because the truth is that with these things, you do not know very well what to expect, even when you have fully informed yourself, asked for medical opinions or even opinions of other people who have been able to have this experience. Worse, of course, is that technology has evolved and traditional 2D ultrasound seems like a thing of the past compared to today's 3D and 4D ultrasound. The first thing you have to know is that there is no need to worry if you do not know anything about ultrasounds, since we are experts on the subject and we are here to help you in everything you need.
We've made a list of 10 things you need to know in order to get a better idea of what to expect and the services that will be available to you.
1. Ultrasound - get the image.
The ultrasound procedure helps the mother to give her a lot of valuable information about the health and how the baby is doing. Sound waves are responsible for producing the baby's image. These waves travel through the skin and tissues, focusing on a part of the body, in this case the mother's tummy, and are projected onto a device on the screen.
2. Ultrasound: 2D
This type is the one that is traditionally known. This ultrasound can be done at 5 weeks of pregnancy to have confirmation that the family will end up growing in a few more months. It allows you to see the heart of the embryo beat, you could even come back between weeks 10 and 13 to see how it is moving and turning inside the womb.
From week 14, you can already discover the gender of your baby!
3. Ultrasound: 3D
The 3D ultrasound makes it possible to collect volumetric information from the baby, that is, the volume of this can be measured and projected on one of the devices. This type of ultrasound is a tool that will allow you to know the baby before it is born. Our clients describe this experience as a very valuable and exciting one, since thanks to this type of ultrasound, they can begin to know the facial features of the baby and even his hobbies, such as thumb sucking!
4. Ultrasound: 4D
The main difference between 3D and 4D is that in the latter, you will be able to see a live image of the baby !, which takes this experience to another level. Using this technology, you can see what the baby is doing in real time inside the womb, as well as see small gestures such as a smile or a yawn
5. HD ultrasound
HD ultrasound is an extraordinary test made possible by the evolution of the ultrasound industry. A portable light source is used within the probe that basically contrasts the baby from the surrounding tissue making it appear illuminated and resulting in an incredibly detailed image of the baby.
In our facilities we can save the images in high definition to give the best image quality and help visualize the baby.
6. Risks or side effects
This is one of the most important points, since many mothers ask this question and we all say the same thing: there is no type of risk. It is a completely safe procedure for both mother and baby. What's more, it is the opposite, since it is a technique that is used to identify potential risks throughout pregnancy or even after birth, as well as problems with the baby.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is that ultrasounds do not emit radiation of any kind unlike x-rays, for example, so, as mentioned before, it is not a problem for either of them.
7. Number of ultrasounds.
There is no limit to ultrasounds, so you can come whenever you want to see your baby live. Ultrasounds is a technique that has been in use for 40 years and has always been used for prenatal care. There has never been a case in which an ultrasound has been detrimental to the health of the baby or the mother, not before, during, or after pregnancy. So, there is no maximum number of ultrasounds you can do! Whenever you want, you can come to our clinic to get to know your baby better.
8. Duration of the procedure.
Generally, the exam takes about 25 minutes. The doctor may advise the mother that before entering the room for this test, she has a full bladder, which will help the waves reproduce the image more easily. The ultrasound technician will place a gel on the mother's abdomen so that the device moves more easily across the surface.
9. Reasons why you should perform an ultrasound.
Studies have shown that getting an ultrasound reduces the mother's anxiety and encourages a stronger bond between the fetus and the parents, which contributes to positive health behavior. These same studies show that mothers who get an ultrasound in 3D and 4D showed the saved images to a greater number of people compared to traditional ultrasound in 2D. So 3D and 4D ultrasounds can have a greater impact on the bonding process of the mother-child bond.
As for the effect on parents, ultrasounds have been shown to make them think more about their role as a parent and the idea that they will be parents of a baby in the months to come. Just as it is beneficial for the baby's brothers and sisters, being able to see their little brother or sister long before they are born, as it makes them think that in a short time, they will be an older brother or sister.
But the most important thing is that it gives you the opportunity to meet your baby for the first time and to strengthen emotional ties with him.
10. It is a unique experience!
Having an ultrasound is, without a doubt, a unique experience that is recommended to have for all pregnancies, and no matter how many you have, because each one will be different from the previous one, simply by seeing the baby grow day by day and progressively, you will even be able to see him do new things. Each of the visits to your center will be a completely new and special experience, so do not hesitate, choose the best center and meet your baby.