** When can Baby be seen on Ultrasound? **
Many people ask:
"Can you see a baby on Ultrasound at 4 weeks?"
And "Can you see a baby on Ultrasound at 5 weeks?"
No- baby can not be seen before 6 weeks.
....So, when can the baby be seen on Ultrasound?...
** Can you see a baby on Ultrasound at 6 weeks? **
YES! We can see the baby on Ultrasound at 6 weeks! The baby is VERY tiny at 6 weeks, but baby can be seen. We can also see the littler fluttering on the baby's heartbeat at 6 weeks!
**Can you see a baby on Ultrasound at 8 weeks? **
DEFINTELY! At 8 weeks, we can see baby very well on Ultrasound.
** Can a baby hide on the Ultrasound? **
When the baby is seen in the uterus on the Ultrasound, a baby can not 'hide' anywhere. The uterus is very small, and the uterine walls create a specific space for the baby to grow.
A baby would have no where to 'hide' in the uterus.
Here is a 2D ultrasound image of a 5 week pregnancy.
As you can see, there is a black circle at the center of our image.
The baby is growing inside that black circle.
The baby is too tiny to see yet though!
Here is a 6 week pregnancy ultrasound.
The white line inside the black circle is the baby. It's very tiny, at only 5 mm.
A tiny heartbeat can be seen!
This video show what we can see right around 6 weeks. See that little white line? That's the baby! See the little flickering on the white line? That's the baby's heart.
** Why do I need a full bladder when I get a baby ultrasound? **
We know it's uncomfortable to have a full bladder- and believe me, no one is trying to torture you with having a full bladder! The baby ultrasound is best done with a full bladder because the sound waves from the ultrasound can see through fluid a lot better than they can see through your body tissue. By having a full bladder, the sound wave uses the fluid in the bladder as a 'window' to see the baby better!
** How to get baby to move for the ultrasound? **
Sometimes the baby is very comfortable in the position they are laying. Also sometimes the baby is just stubbornly where they want to be. A few things can help baby to move for the ultrasound. Having some juice, or fruit, can help to get the baby to be more active and move around. Mom can also try walking around to see if that gets baby to move a little bit. I have had the Mom go empty her bladder, and sometimes that does the trick as well!
** What is a 3D Ultrasound? **
A 3D Ultrasound is STILL IMAGES, that are colored in a way where you can see a 3 dimensional image of your baby.
**When can I do a 3D Ultrasound? **
When is a 3D Ultrasound done? Great question. You certainly can do a 3D Ultrasound at any time in the pregnancy.
** When is the best time to get a 3D Ultrasound? **
** When is the best time to get a 4D Ultrasound?**
The 3D Ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound are best for face pictures around 32 weeks gestational age. The baby's face is filling out at this gestational age, and we can see adorable little cheeks great at this time! So really, when should I do the 3D Ultrasound? We say best at 32 weeks, but you can certainly go until 35 weeks. Having a 3D Ultrasound or 4D Ultrasound after this time can be a bit more challenging to see baby's face. This is due to baby's head being very low in mom's pelvis, making it more challenging.
Check out our gallery pictures to see babies at all gestational ages. There are some 3D ultrasound pictures at 36 Weeks and at 37 weeks in there!
As the pregnancy gets farther along towards 40 weeks, the baby's face can be tougher to see. Many times it is because the baby's head is very low, and it's getting crowded in there.
** How accurate are the 3D Ultrasounds? **
The 3D Ultrasounds are very accurate for you to be able to see your baby's face. (Check out out Gallery images, and Before & After Pictures for comparison!)
** Does the baby really look like the 3D Ultrasound? **
Yes! The 3D Ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound looks just like what your baby will look like when baby is born!
** Are Ultrasounds safe? **
** Are 3D Ultrasounds safe? **
** Are 4D Ultrasounds safe? **
Yes. Ultrasound technology has been around for 4 decades. Millions of moms all over the planet have benefited from the ultrasound technology!
** Does insurance cover the 3D Ultrasound? **
The 3D Ultrasound and 4D Ultrasound are not covered by insurance at Hey, Baby! Mobile 4D Ultrasound. Our services are self pay only.
** Where can I get a 3D Ultrasound done near me? **
There are elective Ultrasound companies all over the country. Use Google to search to find a place local to you. If you are in the Rochester NY area, Hey, Baby! Mobile 4D Ultrasound would be happy to come right to your home to do an At-Home Sonogram for you in your family room! We are the first and only traveling Baby Ultrasound Company in Upstate New York!
** What if I have an insulin pump? Can I still get a 3D Ultrasound and a 4D Ultrasound? **
Absolutely! When we do the ultrasound, you do NOT need to remove the pump. We just scan around the insulin pump. No problem!
Yes- you can see if baby has hair on the ultrasound.
It appears as white wavy lines coming off the head.
This is usually seen towards the end of the pregnancy.
On the ultrasound:
Girl Parts show as fine white lines in between the legs.
Boy Parts show as a brighter white bump in between the legs.
Yes!!! When a Baby is Breech, this means that there head is not down. When the head is positioned 'up' it can be tougher to see the face. A trick I use is angling the ultrasound probe, and sometimes having mom sit straight up for the ultrasound, instead of lying down. That did the trick for this baby, who is 33 weeks 5 days and breech.
I mean seriously, how cute are those toes?!
The best 3D and 4D Ultrasound images are usually around 32 weeks. But check out this little princess- she is 39 Weeks 4 Days! Mom is due in just a few days, but we were still able to see her cute little face and hand!
Yes!!! Baby's face can be tough to see, especially when there is an anterior placenta. But with a little adjusting, we can see this little cutie's face at 29 Weeks 4 Days! She's an absolute doll! How did we do it? It's all about the angles. By bringing the transducer to the side of mom's belly and angling back, we can see more of this little girls' face.
This 3D Ultrasound image demonstrates how close Baby's face is to the Anterior Placenta.
This 2D Ultrasound image demonstrates how close Baby's face is to the Anterior Placenta.
Prior to being a sonographer, I was only aware of 2 types of twins: Fraternal and Identical.
(But it's a little more complex than that.)
So Fraternal twins can be 2 boys, or 2 girls, or one of each.
These twins are not identical, and are no more closely related than
regular brothers and sisters are.
For Identical Twins, they can have a few different situations.
1- be in their own individual sacs. and
they can each have their own placenta,
(this is called a di-di pregnancy)
2- they can each be in their own sac, but SHARE the SAME placenta,
(this is called a mono-di pregnancy)
3- they can be in the SAME sac and also SHARE the same placenta.
(this is called a mono-mono pregnancy)
Each of these pregnancies are monitored by the doctor.
You can expect to be getting a few extra ultrasounds.
Be sure to get plenty of rest, and kick back and relax whenever you can!
Let’s talk about twins, Bay-Be, let’s talk about A and B, let’s talk about twins, let’s talk about twins. (If you know, you know.)
So may different kinds! Who knew?!
The above paragraph was the Beginners guide to Twins. This explanation is a little more in-depth, but will be repetitive in spots. However, we all learn the most effectively by repetition, so here it goes.
Let’s talk about Fraternal Twins first.
Fraternal twins are twins that are NOT identical. It could be a boy and a girl. And sure, it could be 2 boys, or 2 girls, but those babies are not identical to each other, even if they are the same gender. These 2 babies have their own amniotic sacs, and their own placentas.
Ok wait, let’s back up. An amniotic sac is like… a studio apartment. It’s the baby’s very own place to call home. No roommates in there. A placenta is what supports the pregnancy- gives nutrition, blood, and oxygen, -like a kitchen, so to speak. Going forward, we’ll use this analogy.
So with the Fraternal Twin Pregnancy, each baby is in their own studio apartment, and each baby has their own kitchen. This pregnancy can be referred to a Di-Di pregnancy. (The word Di means 2, so there are 2 of each: 2 placentas and 2 amniotic sacs.)
Now on to the more complicated stuff: Let’s talk about Identical Twins-
These 2 babies, started as one solitary egg. The egg has then fertilized by one solitary sperm. And then the egg suddenly- for what ever reason- split in to 2 eggs. Remember, fertilization had already occurred. So these 2 fertilized eggs are completely the same. Identical.
Let’s say that if the egg splits early on (with 3 days of being fertilized,) then each baby could potentially have their own amniotic sac and their own placenta. (Remember that means that they each have their own studio apartment and their own kitchen.) This is also called a Di-Di pregnancy. Remember that means 2 of each things: 2 placentas and 2 amniotic sacs.
Now, if the egg splits later on, (between days 4-7 of being fertilized,) then each baby will be in it’s own sac, but they will share the kitchen. This type of twin pregnancy is called a mono-di pregnancy. (Mono means one.) So it means 1 placenta, and 2 amniotic sacs.
If the egg splits later, (between days 8-12 of being fertilized,) both the babies are now growing in the SAME Amniotic sac, and share the SAME placenta. So back to our analogy: a studio apartment with 2 people living in it, sharing the same kitchen. This type of pregnancy is called a Mono-Mono pregnancy. (Meaning 1 placenta and 1 amniotic sac.) This is a high risk pregnancy, and your doctor will monitor you closely for the duration of your pregnancy. Don’t worry though- you are in good hands. The doctors know what they are doing.
On very rare, infrequent situations, the egg splits after day 13. However, the egg doesn’t always completely split apart. Some of it may remained attached to the other egg. This occurrence results in conjoined twins. This means they are connected by a body part. They will require surgery upon birth to be separated from each other. This is also a high risk pregnancy.
I hope all this information was helpful to you!
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