Overwhelmed. That’s how I’ve been feeling for several weeks now. We moved into a new house, I’m setting up a nursery for the very first time, and deciphering between which baby products and equipment we should register for or purchase has been and continues to be challenging. All of this while being pretty darn pregnant is . . . a lot. On top of all of that, I’m having a hard time coming up with the creative energy that I need for my work right now. Yeah I know, I sound like Debbie Downer.
Why am I complaining? Because I knew that many of you have been right where I am. You survived and so will I. Also, I’d like to share inspiration for what is getting me through this uber exciting yet crazy stressful time. It’s seeing this sweet little girl’s face.
Our baby Annabelle wasn’t cooperative during my 28 week ultrasound. She never showed her face. In fact, she remained face down for the entirety of the appointment. I know immediately after that doctor’s visit (since it’s probably my last sonogram) that I definitely wanted to get a 4D sonogram before her arrival. I am so glad I did!
I went to La Bella Belly Pregnancy Spa and Ultrasound Centre in Dallas for the 4D ultrasound. What is 4D? Well, the 4D technology represents the difference between video and still photography. Through the medical advancement of 4D, your baby’s three-dimensional image is continuously updated onscreen. This gives you a “live action” (4D) view of your baby. I absolutely loved it! Annabelle never faced forward but I did get some profile photos that are precious. Here’s a photo that I posted on Instagram soon after my appointment.
Furthermore, here are a few questions and answers about the 4D sonogram that I had before my appointment.
Q: How far along should I be before I have a 4D ultrasound?
A: If you plan on having only one 4D ultrasound, it’s recommended to have the examination performed between the 24th and 34th week of the pregnancy. However excellent images can typically be obtained from 15-38 weeks. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters. You can have one as early as 15 weeks for gender determination.
Q: Am I guaranteed to get a 4D image of my baby’s face?
A: Usually, but not always. Sometimes if the baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens, a repeat scan will usually succeed because the baby has turned to a more favorable position. Most ultrasound centers offer a second chance sonogram for a lesser fee. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother’s condition.
Q. How can I improve my chances of achieving the ultrasound photos that I want?
A: Ultrasound works best when the sound waves have plenty of fluid to travel through. A well hydrated system of the mother will help to optimize the images. This is probably the most important factor. Increased body weight of the mother can often affect the quality because sound does not travel as easily through tissue as it does fluid. Drink juice a few minutes before your sonogram. The sugar in juice will most likely wake up your baby which will give the technician the opportunity to capture your baby in different positions while he or she moves around.
Q. How much does it cost?
A: I found in my research that most places charge between $95 and $200 for a 4D sonogram. The higher end of this usually includes add ons like images on a CD, a recording of the baby’s heat beat, and so on.
I love looking at little miss Annabelle’s face. I think that we have a Daddy look-alike on our hands! I will cherish these photos forever and I encourage all expectant mommies to invest in a 4D sonogram. We have 8 weeks to go until we get to meet her so I guess I will just stare at her photos until that day comes and remember that all of this chaos is going to be totally worth it.