Becoming a mom mum is an exciting point in one’s life. For most women, having a baby is an indication that she has come full circle as a woman. Pregnancy, for most, on the other hand, can come both as a thrilling experience and a scary one. For one, you are entirely responsible for the life that you would be bringing in to this world. Added to that, unless you have heard your child’s first cry, you cannot really be sure just how healthy he or she is. That is where the use of baby ultrasound scans can prove to be quite handy.
An ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, is a non-invasive procedure done in order to come up with images of the internal organs. Although it has a variety of uses, sonograms are mostly related to pregnancy. In an ultrasound, sound waves of very high pitch are sent from a device to the body part being examined. The sound waves are made to bounce off denser materials and are then picked up by the device. How the waves bounce off is then interpreted by the machine in o images. With today’s technology constantly changing, it comes as no surprise that even baby ultrasound scans can come with a variety of options – 2D, 3D and 4D .
A 2D ultrasound is the most common around the world and is the most easily identified by anyone. In most countries, the use of a 2D ultrasound is part of the standard care for pregnant women. This type of ultrasound can be used during the early stage of your pregnancy in confirming if the embryo and placenta are in place. In most cases, the 2D ultrasound serves as the first picture you would have of your unborn child. To make sure that your baby is progressing well, doctors might have you undergo another 2D ultrasound during your second and third trimester.
The 3D ultrasound scan , the more advanced version compared to a 2D, allows you to have a mode defined image of your unborn child. Just like the 2D, however, the 3D baby ultrasound scan is used in order to determine if your child has any physical condition. It is the 3D ultrasound that doctors typically use in order to ascertain if the child has a cleft palate or problems in the heart chamber.
Of the three, it is the 4D ultrasound scan that has been growing in popularity. It is able to produce more defined images and, oftentimes, a “live stream” of your baby’s activities.