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What is a 3D/4D Ultrasound?

Updated on July 27, 2011
27 weeks
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What is it?

3D ultrasound is done the same way a tradition ultrasound is done. It feels no different than a traditional ultrasound and is perfectly safe on your growing baby. 3D ultra sounds allow you to meet your baby and see them in detail before they are born. Most places recommend getting this unique bonding experience done between 26-32 weeks. That way the baby is developed enough to really get an idea of what she/he will look like without the baby being too large to get a good view. Most places that perform these amazing ultrasounds offer different packages including a dvd with clips of the baby moving (this is what is called a 4D ultrasound) and different size pictures in both black and white and color. Color does not mean that the color the baby looks in the picture is what they will look like when they are born.

Does insurance cover it?

Unfortunately insurance does not cover this type of ultrasound. They are not used as a diagnostic tool, because of this insurance companies typically refuse to pay for them. So if this is something that interests you an it will be coming out of your own pocket.

The Session

The session does not last very long. Only about 20 minutes, but as long as the baby is not hiding their face from you, that is plenty of time to get several great shots of the little one. It can be an emotional and amazing bonding experience for the expecting parents and even aunts, uncles, and grandparents, so ask if you can bring your family members along. That way whole family gets to be a part of meeting your baby and deciding which parent the baby looks more like. You will only be there probably a total of a half an hour, but you will go in with no idea what you baby looks like and leave with pictures in hand that you can show the whole world.


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