2D, 3D, 4D…Which Baby Scan?

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy can go by in a flash while you and your partner adjust to the life changing news that two is soon to become three! It is such an exciting time but can also be a little worrying and hard to believe. As long as all is well, you will be left to your own devices until you reach 12 weeks and are able to have your first scan and amazingly see your little one for the first time.

When talking to your parents, grandparents and the older generation, being able to choose which scan you would like to have seems incredible. However, with the advanced technology today, it is possible and now, there are three to choose from – 2D, 3D or 4D. Deciding which scan to have can be a no-brainer for some parents but for others it can be a longer discussion.

We thought we’d provide some further details on each scan to help you decide which baby scan is for you…
2D, 3D, 4D…Which Baby Scan?

2D Scan:

This is the conventional and most traditional form of scan during pregnancy. This produces a black and white image that shows your baby’s skeletal make-up and internal organs. They allow sonographers to get all the information needed to check your baby’s well-being as well as the sex of your baby if you and your partner wish to find out.

3D Scan:

A 3D scan, as the name suggests will give you a three dimensional image of your baby. You will be able to see your little one moving in the womb and will see your baby’s skin rather than their internal organs. At a 3D scan you will see the shape of your baby’s nose and mouth and may even be able to spot them sticking their tongue out, yawning or moving. At the end of the scan you will be given an image which is typically given with a golden hue effect.

4D Scan:

The main difference between a 3D and 4D scan is that a 4D scan produces video footage instead of an image. They are ideal for parents who would like to take a closer look at their baby in real-time. There are also medical benefits of a 4D scan with the sonographer able to check your baby’s growth, the position of your placenta and its appearance, the amount of amniotic fluid, the development of the stomach, kidneys and bladder, along with the gender if you wish to find out.

If you would like a 3D or 4D scan you will most likely have to organise this privately.

Whichever scan you choose, you and your partner will undoubtedly be fascinated seeing your baby for the first time. A scan most importantly ensures everything is ok but also helps to give you an insight into your baby’s world and is often one of the most invaluable bonding experiences for both parents!  

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