Should You Have a 4D Ultrasound Scan?


4D scans can reveal amazing pictures of your baby before he or she emerges into the world, but even so you might not be sure whether you need another ultrasound. If you’re thinking about having a 4D ultrasound at our London clinic, here are some important points to consider.




Pros of Having a 4D Scan

Ultrasound scans play an important role in your antenatal care. Having an extra scan in London will provide another chance for your baby’s health and development to be checked. You’ll also enjoy some valuable benefits when you have a 4D scan:

  • You’ll get to see a lot more than in your routine scans. It can be much easier to understand what you’re looking at as 4D scans can reveal moving, colour images of your baby’s face. You’ll even get a picture to take home.
  • Having an extra scan can give you more time to bond with your baby, which can be especially important for expectant fathers. You can also bring friends or grandparents along to say hello.
  • 4D scans are usually done between 28 and 32 weeks, so they give you another opportunity to see your baby after the routine 20 week scan. You won’t have to wait till the birth to see your baby again.

Cons of Having a 4D Scan

Ultrasound scans are completely safe for you and your baby, so there is no need to worry about having an extra 4D scan. However, there are some reasons why you might want to skip this scan:

  • It is usually easy to tell the sex of your baby on a 4D scan, but if you tell the sonographer they can make sure you don’t see anything
  • If you are feeling uncomfortable or experiencing pregnancy symptoms, you might want to avoid adding an extra appointment to your to do list. Sometimes it is better to do less and take a break.
  • 4D scans might not produce good pictures if you’re expecting twins, as it can be difficult to get a clear view of each baby
  • After 32 weeks, your baby can be too cramped or too low in the pelvis to get a picture of the face, so make sure you arrange your scan at the right time


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