First time parents are always excited about everything about their unborn child. They want to document milestones even before the child is born. One of the ways that parents document their babys milestones even before they are born is to get an ultrasound.
An ultrasound is used by a doctor to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy, to determine the gender of the baby and to detect any birth defects or pregnancy problems you and your baby might have. As a first time parent this can be an overwhelming time because nowadays there are such things as 2D, 3D and 4D ultrasound. Lets learn about the difference between 2D,3D, and 4D Ultrasounds?
A 2D ultrasound is what is traditionally used by a doctor at his clinic. It involves using sound waves to see a 2 dimensional picture of the baby inside the womb in black and white. The 2D ultrasound has been in use for 25 or so years so it is perfectly safe to use during pregnancy. 2D ultrasounds are also used to detect the age of your baby inside the womb and to determine how far along you are with your pregnancy. You can also use it to detect the gender of the baby. Its pretty good tool to use and most doctors can already tell a lot about your pregnancy and the baby using the 2D ultrasound. Another use for the 2D ultrasound is to detect abdominal problems, problems in the reproductive area and even to detect presence of tumors or mass in breasts and uterus.
A 3D ultrasound on the other hand steps up the viewing process and lets you see your baby in 3 dimensional views. With 3D ultrasound, you can clearly see the outline of your babys hands, feet, face and features. The color, though no longer black and white, still leaves much to be desired by some parents standards. A 3D ultrasound is sometimes required by the doctor to clearly see if there are any physical birth defects that your baby might have.
As if 3 dimensional photos of the baby were not enough. Someone invented 4D ultrasound to take a moving photo of your baby. A 4D ultrasound gives you a chance to see your baby as he moves inside your womb. During those sessions you could be lucky enough to see a moving image of your baby as he smiles. For an additional amount you can even get a DVD of your 4D session delivered to your home. 3D 4D ultrasound costs a lot more than 2D ultrasound and is usually not covered by health insurance.
The difference between 2D ultrasound, 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound varies very little. They all do basically the same thing which is to give you a picture of your baby while he is inside you. The difference lies in the price of the ultrasound and the output of each session. As a first time parent any of these 3 types of ultrasound can be a great way to take your babys first photo. Just remember to ask your doctor about the risks of these three types of ultrasounds before you get one.