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baby ultrasound scan

baby ultrasound scan

Of all the trimesters in pregnancy, it can be said that it is the third trimester that can pose quite a challenge to the new mommum, not just physically but emotionally as well. Since the baby has now quite grown, moving around and assuming certain positions can be difficult. This phase, however, is not without its upside. After all, you would already be just a few days from giving birth to that little creature you keep seeing in your baby ultrasound scan .

It is during the third trimester that the movement of the unborn baby becomes more pronounced. At this point, even the people around you can simply touch your belly and feel the movements. Unfortunately, this would also be the time when your colostrum would start leaking. The latter can be quite embarrassing so to do away with such episodes, make sure that you wear a proper bra.

Expect to gain a few more pounds at this stage. No need to be alarmed, however, as not all of this extra weight is yours. Your little one brings some of these about while some can be chalked up to the placenta, your increased breast size, and the amniotic fluid.

Just because you are about to give birth, does not mean that you should stop seeing your doctor and just wait for the time when the little one is about to come out. On the contrary, seeing your doctor might do wonders for your state of mind. Your doctor might have you undergo a few baby ultrasound scans in order to ensure that your pregnancy is progressing wonderfully. This would also give you a chance to see just how your baby looks like, if you have not previously done so.

The third trimester is also a time for a lot of body aches. With your baby continuing to gain weight, you would most probably suffer from a lot of backache. One way to go about this would be to have your partner give you massages every now and then. Have him also massage your legs and feet as they can get quite sore during the day. You would also need to be ready for Braxton Hicks contraction.

Your third trimester is a just a few steps away from you meeting your little one. Now, you need not rely on baby ultrasound scans just to see your baby’s angelic face.

pre-natal ultrasound scan

pre-natal ultrasound scan

Becoming a mother is a momentous event in every woman’s life. It can be both full of joy as well as a frightening experience. On one hand, you are able to bring forth a new life into this world. On the other hand, however, you are not sure just how healthy the baby would be. It is because of the latter that professionals came up with the use of ultrasound in checking whether there are any medical problems with the growing fetus.

A pre-natal ultrasound scan makes use of sound waves in order to create an image of the fetus. These sound waves have a high frequency and are generally inaudible to the human ear. During a prenatal ultrasound session, the mother is made to lie on her back. A lubricating jelly is then applied on her belly in order to create a more consistent contact between the skin and the ultrasound machine. More properly known as the transducer, the ultrasound machine sends pulses of sound waves into the mother’s belly. These sound waves bounce off of denser tissues and organs. The waves are then picked up by the transducer and are analyzed in order to form images on the monitor.

Since ultrasounds do not make use of any radiation, which is what you get from an X-ray, it is considered to be one of the best ways to check on the health of both the mother and the baby. However, only women who are already about 20 weeks into their term are allowed to take an ultrasound. In most cases, what the doctor looks at is the placenta as well as the general health of the baby. Heartbeat and general movement of the baby can also be seen in the ultrasound.

Today’s modern world affords mothers to have various choices as to how the ultrasound is rendered. The most popular choices nowadays is are 3D and 4D . These renditions allow the mother-to-be to have a move distinct image of how the baby looks like. They are also growing in popularity because of their ability to be more precise in detecting any birth defects that the growing baby might have.



Finding out that your pregnant is one of the most joyful events that you would experience in your entire life. With you becoming so giddy, you might expect the doctors to allowing you to undergo an ultrasound scan . After all, you would want to know if your baby is okay. There are, however, certain things that you need to know before you can undergo a baby ultrasound scan .

First thing’s first. You have to realize that a baby ultrasound scan  is not something that you can do as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. Most doctors recommend that a baby ultrasound scan be done on the mother’s UK, we have a 12 week scan 20th  week onwards. This is because, at this point, the baby would already have most of his or her body parts defined.

With today’s technology advancing in leaps and bounds, it would come as no surprise that mothers of today are given more options even when it comes to baby ultrasound scan . That being said, you have to make sure, early on, just how definite a picture of your baby you would want to have. Some of the most popular choices are 3D  images and 4D  images, the latter being akin to a live stream of how your baby is doing. The most basic choice, however, is the 2D  images that you might have probably seen in movies. A 2D image comes in a typical black and gray image format and provides only an outline of your baby. On the other hand, 3D can come in either sepia or gray tone. A 3D baby ultrasound scan  usually provides a more detailed image of your baby. You would be able to exactly see where the mouth is, the little fingers, the nose, and the eyes. This is something that a 2D baby ultrasound scan cannot give you.

Before your baby ultrasound scan , you would be required to drink lots of water. Make sure that you do so gradually. Drinking bottles of water in one sitting would be disastrous to say the least. For one, you might find yourself having to urinate even before you have your ultrasound. One way to go about this would be to take a little every minute or so while you are on your way to the hospital.