Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
By Catherine Hudson, editor of FashTravels
FashBaby: A whole new kind of adventure hosted at FashTravels. Here, you’ll find a weekly diary of my pregnancy journey.
Preview Baby, Hitchin
We wondered whether to book in for a 4D scan, not even sure what 4D scanning was and how it was different to 3D, and whether we even wanted to see that much detail. After polling a lot of people, we were swayed, by the fact that it sounded quite fun and that we’d one day be able to show our baby video of when it was so little. I’m sure by the time the baby is old enough to understand it, the technology will look outdated, like how we look at video stuff, now! But for now, and for us, it also meant another sneak peek and another chance to check everything was growing as it should be.
Preview Baby reception
Two sisters-in-law have set up Preview Baby in Hitchin, with NHS trained staff, just 20 minutes outside of London Kings Cross by train. They offer a variety of scans and screening tests, as well as hypnobirthing classes. We had a very warm welcome and taken into the only scanning room for our 4D bonding scan. When we came out, the place was buzzing with parents waiting for their scans, so I wasn’t surprised to hear they will hopefully be opening another room, soon.
That gel! This was actually nicely warmed but still felt funny
Different types of scan
So, we started by seeing the familiar black and white grainy 2D image of our baby waving back at us. Our lovely sonographer pointed out the placenta and umbilical cord, neither of which we had seen before, and did all the measurements. Baby is on the 50th percentile – which means it is entirely average. We’ve never been so happy to hear ‘average’ as a descriptor! We also spied a tiny foot – magical.
The baby is waking me up with kicks/punches/and whatever else at 515am every morning at the moment, then frequently making me need the toilet with wriggling at regular intervals throughout the day. So it was funny to see the wriggle-maker on the screen, and correlate the movement to the feeling in my tummy! The picture changed from black and white 2D, to a yellowish ‘3D’, which showed the baby’s face as more of a rounded thing, instantly recognisable as a baby, and suddenly I was thrilled we had decided to have the scan. It all became much more real.
At the touch of a button, the scan switched to ‘4D’, which was even more lifelike and in skin and red colours. Unfortunately, I guess, the baby had its hand across its face and head most of the time. But we got to see it put its hand in its mouth, see a 4D version of the foot, watch the fingers curl and unfold and watch an incredibly large yawn! Was it worth it? Absolutely. We got a selection of pictures printed and a USB stick with all of our photos and videos saved on.
Not our baby pics, but you can expect similar from a 4D scan at Preview Baby
There’s a relatively short window in which you are most likely to get the best images of your baby in 3D or 4D, (22-34 weeks) so check that out ASAP if its something you might be interested in.
* I must prelude anything I write in this blog series as totally my own experiences and opinions. I’ve already learned to prefix everything I say in general conversation about pregnancy and babies with, ‘everyone’s different, but…’
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Inside my baby brain…
Things I am loving, this week
- Brunch at Hermitage Rd, Hitchin – We have basically decided that we want to move to Hitchin after walking around the town and eating here. They do free coffee and toast with every breakfast! And this was the most delicious avocado, bacon combo I’ve ever had.
- Mama Mio sleep spray – I have actually been using the pregnancy sleep spray that comes in the Mama Mio Pregnancy Skin Saviours kit, but I haven’t been keen on the creams that come with it – bit sticky for me. So, I will be buying this spray separately, because the pregnancy sleep spray has been brilliant at helping me tackle my pregnancy insomnia, but I can’t find it to buy individually. But this will do the job. I thought it was all a bit airy-fairy, but spraying this, combined with using my pregnancy BBHugMe pillow has meant better nights sleep, so, if it aint broke… Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Space Spray, mioskincare.co.uk
Things I am loathing, this week
- Stress – Not to go into detail, but stressful situations that are out of your control can seem ten times worse when you are pregnant. I’m trying to keep calm, and think of the bigger picture. But I am finding the daily commute to work gives me plenty of time to think and become agitated about things, which are exaggerated by bad weather, busy trains and not getting a seat on the tube. Grrr. Trying to mediate/sleep/relax to offset effects of stress.
Read my column every week here on FashBaby (a whole new kind of adventure) at FashTravels.com, to follow my pregnancy journey
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Introduction: Weeks 0-18
Hello, my name is Catherine and I‘m pregnant!
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 19
Hearing the heartbeat and telling people
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 20
Sleeping, 20-week scan and nesting
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 21
Confidence, quiet time and trial runs
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 22
The one where we went on a babymoon to Sri Lanka
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 23
Bathtime, being lazy and shaving rules
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 24
We’re a team, baby – you, me and…
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 25
Seeing your baby in 4D – what is it and is it a good idea?
- The pregnancy diaries: ‘I’m pregnant. Now what?’ – Week 26
Christmas, acid reflux and wondering who I am