You don't have to wait for your baby to be born to see his or her face for the first time. The images produced by 4D scans are so clear that you can see what your baby looks like much sooner.
The 4D scan pictures are very different to the more traditional ultrasound scans. You will be seeing a three dimensional, moving image of your baby in colour. Unlike the usual black and white ultrasound, the 4D scan images show your baby's skin rather than revealing the heart and internal organs. You will see your baby's face rather than just a profile. You will see amazing details during the 4d ultrasound scan, including your baby's face and features. You will also be able to watch what your baby is up to in the womb. It is common to see babies moving around, yawning, or even sucking their thumb during 4D scans.
The 4d scan pictures are another chance to see and bond with your baby before he or she is born. It will also provide you with a completely different view of your baby. The pictures you see during 4D scans will look very different from the black and white images you see during your routine ultrasounds. You will receive a picture of your baby to take home and treasure.
The process of having a 4D ultrasound scan in our London based 4d ultrasound centre is very similar to having a routine pregnancy scan. You will be asked to lie down and lift your clothes away from your stomach. Gel will be applied to your skin and the ultrasound probe will then be passed over your belly. The 4d scan works in the same way as a normal ultrasound and it is just as safe. However, it can take a little longer.
The best time to have 4D scans is usually after about 26 weeks. The scan might not be able to get a clear picture of your baby any earlier in your pregnancy. It is best to arrange your 4D ultrasound before you reach 32 weeks. You might not be able to see the baby's face clearly if he or she has already shifted into position for the birth.
We will do our best to ensure that you get a clear image of your baby's face, but it does require his or her cooperation. If your baby isn't in the right position to get a picture, we might ask you to try walking around for a little while as this can encourage babies to change position.
Make sure you let us know if you don't want to find out whether your baby is a boy or girl. It would be much easier for you to tell this by yourself during the 4D ultrasound scan than with the routine 2D scan if we showed you the wrong view.
If you would like to see more of your baby than the routine scans can show, get in touch to make an appointment for a 4D ultrasound at our clinic in London.