(Closed) To have a 3D Ultrasound or not… that is the question!

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Was the 3D/4D Ultrasound worth it?

    Yes! I will do it for every pregnancy

    No, I could have just saved the money and waited to see LO in person

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I just went for one yesterday…  I was 32w3d along, and I’d definitely suggest it to anyone. It’s really nice, and I don’t think all babies look the same during them.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    Those 3D ultrasounds actually haven’t been proven to be safe for the baby.  In fact, they could be harmful.  I’d stay away if there was even the tiniest chance that it could hurt my unborn child.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2004-03-27-prenatal-portraits_x.htm

    http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/CEArticle?an=00005721-200703000-00009&Journal_ID=54021&Issue_ID=701693

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

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    @Christy42213:  It’s kind of like saying you would not vaccinate because there is a tiny chance it may hurt your child.

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee

    If you want to and feel like it would make you feel closer to the baby, go for it! Or if your curious and have the money – why not? Personal preference. My doc switched over to 3d, lets face it, because of my age I have been tested, re-tested and tested again for everything – it’s borderline ridiculous but 3d didn’t cost me any money or additional time so it was fine.  I personally thought the images were kind of… Bumpy. That’s the best way I can describe the images, there were odd bumps on everything. My doc said the bumpiness of the image has to do with the fact of how the waves of the technology that they use pick up the image from the side. Clearly, I am not IT savvy regarding this technology. Anyway, if it would bring you joy, go for it! Best wishes!

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

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    @abc123joanna:  Ummm, it’s not at all like that.  The FDA advises you only get ultrasounds from trained medical professionals and that you limit exposure to less than 20-30 minutes and only once a month.  In the 1950’s, Doctors used to prescribe a drug called thalidomide that ended up giving babies horrible defects.  There’s all kinds of things that people used to do not having any idea that it was harmful to the child (like smoking during pregnancy).  Do your homework before you insult someone callously.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

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    @Christy42213:  First off, I didn’t insult you. & second, the majority of places are trained professionals… people that were ultrasound techs and opened up their own business. They generally don’t last longer than 20 minutes, and it’s a one time thing. Not every month.

    It’s just a shame that you see people posting about having gotten them, and then you follow up stating how they aren’t good for a baby. As if people are able to go back in time and not get the ultrasound they already got.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @SaraP2012:  If you do go ahead and get it done, make sure to drink a ton of water the week leading up to it. The water will help clear the amniotic fluid so you can get a better picture!

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @Christy42213:  I agree with you.  I wouldnt go get an ultrasound just for shits and giggles.  Get the ultrasounda that are recommended by the healthcare community and pass on the “ultrasound boutiques” you see at the mall.  I have a friend that went for a 3d and the tech took 2 HOURS trying to get a good shot of the baby.  Can you imagine?  

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    Having had the 3D scan and holding my baby boy now I can tell you honestly I got the shock of my life when he was born! He looked NOTHING like the scan! It was beautiful seeing him in 3D while I waited impatiently for his arrival but definitely don’t base what you baby will look like around that lol

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’d only do something like this if my insurance paid for it. There’s no way I’d pay out of pocket.

    Post # 27
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @Mollie-Rose:  Holy crap though…. your baby is SO adorable! look at that round little face!!!! AAH! 

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Having had the 3D ultrasound (they do it at my hospital) – yes it was cool. But I wouldn’t save and frame the photos. I would definitely recommend you bank the $100 and put it towards nice professional newborn photography (either the ones where they pose the baby, or the photographers that come around the hospital). You will want those photos, frame them, pass out copies to relatives, hand them in your cubicle, and have mugs made with them. You definitely get your money’s worth from those.

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee

    I also think 3D ultrasounds look creepy – I wouldn’t get one unless FH insists.

    Post # 30
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @Mollie-Rose:  I actually think the lip shape is exactly the same!! Really cute!!!

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee

    I would never get one. I’m already worried with how much my doctor is going to Ultrasound me as it is. Even if the 3ds were recommended by any medical community (they aren’t) I don’t see the point of them. I think that since WE can’t hear it or see much we assume it’s silent. It’s LOUD and high pitched to them. Which at a minimum is annoying. Me and baby have an understanding. I eat well and try and not make baby miserable and baby has yet to make me miserable. Every large group of medical recommendation likt the AAP and the NHS is that they are to be used as little as possible for detection and diagnosis. 

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