In addition to the pleasant moments of observing the baby in the antenatal period, 3D/4D ultrasound also has an informative component. The screening procedure is extremely important for assessing the development of the child, as well as the condition of the uterus and placenta. In the third trimester, the body is preparing for childbirth - it is important that all conditions are met for this.
Conducting high-precision 3D ultrasound allows you to evaluate:
Foetal presentation - for a natural delivery, only head presentation is permissible, the remaining options for the position of the child in the abdomen are indications for surgical intervention;
the size, maturity, and position of the placenta - hyper- or hypoplasia can indicate the presence of its inflammation, too low a position will block the birth canal of the baby, and premature aging is a common cause of foetal hypoxia;
Amniotic fluid volume - they should not be too much or not enough;
The height, weight, and length of the baby's bones - this allows you to correlate his physical development with the gestational age and size of the mother’s abdomen, as well as predict the baby’s weight at the time of birth;
The blood vessels of the umbilical cord - it is through them that the baby receives food.
Such an examination is carried out abdominally, through the anterior abdominal wall. It does not require any special preparation, you only need a positive attitude and a good mood of your mother! Overweight pregnant women, oligohydramnios, a scar on the uterus or abdomen, and umbilical cord loops can interfere with the construction of a clear 3D image.
When is it best to have a 3D / 4D foetal ultrasound?
The procedure does not harm the foetus at any gestation period - a three-dimensional ultrasound is performed in the same way as a regular one, just the image is much clearer and more voluminous. You can do 3D / 4D ultrasound during screening or separately undergo an ultrasound examination at any stage of pregnancy:
3D/4D ultrasound of the 1st trimester of pregnancy - 11-14 weeks. In addition to the high diagnostic efficiency on a 3D / 4D device, the expectant mother gets the opportunity to see the whole baby as he moves his small arms and legs, waves, puts his foot on his leg, straightens his fists and sucks a finger.
3D/4d ultrasound test in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy - 18-22 weeks. The foetus is becoming more and more like a new-born baby, he has already formed a face. In the second trimester, crumbs are actively developing facial expressions - right now you can see his first smile! The kid sucks his thumb and frowns, you can already recognize his ears, eyes, and nose- for a short time, and you can still see the child in full growth on a 3D / 4D ultrasound machine.
3D/4D ultrasound in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy - 30-35 weeks. This is the most favourable time for 3D/4D ultrasound, in addition to informational content, the image will be of greater interest to mom. At this time, the baby has already formed all the vital systems. He already looks like a new-born baby, he even has eyelashes, nails, and sometimes the hair on his head! He knows how to smile and open his eyes. In the third trimester, the baby has developed all five senses - he sees light, feels the taste and smell of amniotic fluid, hears sounds and feels touch through his mother’s stomach. To see your baby at this time is the highest happiness for every mom!