Have questions about 3D or 4D ultrasounds? Check out the FAQs below to learn more about these ultrasounds and meeting the newest member of your family.
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Sneak Peek 3D Ultrasounds and 4D Ultrasounds
What is an elective 3D ultrasound?
An elective ultrasound is a keepsake ultrasound that allows mom, dad, and family to view and bond with the baby before the baby is born. Sneak Peek Ultrasound provides families with an incredible experience to “meet” the new family member through the use of state-of-the-art imaging equipment.
What is the difference between 2D Ultrasounds, 3D Ultrasounds, and 4D Ultrasounds?
A 2D Ultrasound provides essentially a flat outline of the baby’s face, body, and organs. Most people are familiar with 2D Ultrasound images as they are the standard technology that has been a part of prenatal medical care for the last 30 years. Images produced are generally not very clear and tend to resemble a simple drawing of the baby. 3D Ultrasounds use the same technology but it is applied in a series of directions that produce images capable of showing depth and shadows. 4D Ultrasounds are simply 3D Ultrasounds with the added dimension of “time.” By taking a number of 3D images in rapid sequence, movement over time is shown and we are able to capture this movement on video. Check out the gallery here for examples.
What are the advantages to a 3D Ultrasound other than the “wow” factor?
The ability to bond. Having a 3D ultrasound has been shown to enhance the mother’s ability to bond with the baby. Further, fathers and other family members have been shown to form a greater bond with the baby during pregnancy.
Is it safe to have a 3D ultrasound or 4D ultrasound done?
3D/4D ultrasounds are used with the same type and intensity as conventional 2D ultrasounds used by your doctor. Ultrasounds have become a standard part of pregnancy care over the last 30 years and studies have not been shown to cause adverse effects on the mother or the baby.
Doctors And Ultrasounds
Does this take the place of an ultrasound at my doctor’s office?
Absolutely not. Your doctor’s main concern is the well-being of your baby during pregnancy. Doctors are able to use this tool to diagnose and/or treat medical conditions. Doctors use ultrasounds to check on the baby’s condition and this is an absolutely integral part of your care during pregnancy. This is NOT what Sneak Peek provides. Sneak Peek provides an elective ultrasound and an opportunity for you and your family to “meet” and bond with your baby. This should never replace your doctor visits and we cannot provide services to any client that is not under the care of a physician during pregnancy.
Do I need a release form from my doctor?
A release form from your doctor is not necessary to have a 3D/4D ultrasound at Sneak Peek. However, we do need you to bring your physician’s contact information including name, address, and phone number. You must, though, be seen by a medical professional for your current pregnancy prior to your ultrasound at Sneak Peek.
Does my doctor offer 3D Ultrasounds?
Some doctors do have the technology to offer 3D Ultrasounds and a number of them do. But, generally doctors allow a limited amount of time for you to enjoy the bonding experience. Many clients we work with have felt rushed due to the nature of the medical profession scheduling appointments every fifteen minutes. To have a memorable experience that mothers, fathers, and even entire families can enjoy, Sneak Peek provides the opportunity to bond with your new family member in an atmosphere that is comfortable and not rushed. Because the goal of our service is enhancing your experience, most clients find this to be a better alternative for their family.
Does insurance cover my ultrasound?
Unfortunately, as of now, insurance companies do not cover our ultrasounds because they are considered “elective” not “diagnostic.” This is true of any elective ultrasound including those at the doctor’s office. We do have a variety of packages to fit most budgets and accept most forms of payment.
Preparing For Your 3D Ultrasound or 4D Ultrasound
Do I have to have an appointment?
We recommend making an appointment. However, if there is time available in between appointments, we would love to fit you in! Just give us a call to ensure that time is available.
How long does the ultrasound last?
It depends on the package that you select, usually approximately 15-30 minutes.
How many weeks do I have to be to have an ultrasound done?
You can purchase any package at anytime, but we do recommend you wait until 15-16 weeks for the Gender Sneak Peek. For best results regarding other packages, we recommend anytime after 25-32 weeks.
Can the gender of a baby really be determined at 15 weeks?
It can! This does not always mean that your little bundle of joy will be in a position or a mood to guarantee gender determination. If we are unable to determine the baby’s gender due to positioning, we allow you to come back for free!
Can I bring family and/or friends?
Yes! This is a joyful, precious, and memorable experience that you are able to share with any number of family and/or friends you would like.
What should I do before my 3D ultrasound to get the best possible view?
Drink LOTS of water! Try to really hydrate about 3-7 days before your session. This makes the amniotic fluid more transparent, which allows for better imaging!
What if I don’t get any good pictures of my baby?