Fetal ultrasound is a way to control the status of our baby in the womb during pregnancy. They were a real revolution when they began to be implemented in gynecological clinics in the late 70s, although it was really in 1960 when the first ultrasound device for pregnancy was available. The truth is that it has rained a lot since those first 2D echoes, and we have gone from poor quality to 3D, 4D and 5D ultrasound, the latest revolution in the sector.
If you ask your mother or grandmother about pregnancy control during her maternity time, you may be surprised that, or no ultrasound was done in the nine months, or only one. Now the follow-up is much more thorough, with monthly ultrasounds in private centers to see the baby's health at all stages. Normally, 3D ultrasound scanners are used, sometimes activating the 4D during the check to observe some moving planes, provided that our little one is allowed to see. So how to see it in 5D?
At the moment, only some specialized private clinics have this latest generation ultrasound. It is based on a type of ultrasound, which allows you to capture three-dimensional images of the baby in real time inside the womb. You will have to check in your city which centers have this technique, since depending on which call you have different prices and promotions. In any case, to give you a better idea of what a 5D ultrasound consists of, whether or not it is worth doing, what difference there is with the others, or what is the best time to do them, do not stop reading, We will reveal it below.
What is a 5D ultrasound?
5D ultrasounds are nothing more than a 4D ultrasound with high definition HD resolution, which allows us to obtain a more detailed and clear image, being able to see our baby with more definition. Basically, it is as if we obtained a real-time photo of the inside of the uterus, reaching the exact place where it is located, inside the placenta. Thus, the specialist will look for the best position by passing the transducer through the belly, in which the conductive gel has previously been placed. We can see in detail his nose, eyes, mouth, as well as hands, legs, umbilical cord … It is even possible to delight us with a grimace or smile, or be open-eyed, fully awake for the occasion.
We will perceive the skin tone with a naturalness that is not appreciated in 4D ultrasound, enjoying every moment with much more precision.
Differences between 2D, 3D, 4D and 5D echoes
We have already explained what an echo in 5D consists of, but if we compare it with a 2D or 3D the difference is huge. In the beginning, 2D ultrasound images offered a simple black and white image of the fetus on a plane. The purpose was simply to be able to make a fetal diagnosis to see possible abnormalities. The emergence of 3D ultrasound meant the ability to show the fetus in three dimensions, with a much clearer image. Thanks to them, the midwife or gynecologist is able to detect early possible malformations of the baby. They are the ones currently used in most clinics in Spain, both public and private.
The arrival of echoes in 4D caused a lot of expectation: we could already see the fetus moving. That is, not only allowed to see his face realistically, it was also possible to observe other details, such as a hand movement or see how he sucks his finger. This is always important for parents, that can strengthen emotional ties with your baby early, so important since the beginning of conception. In any case, the fact that 5D echoes give us the possibility of seeing our son in HD Live quality makes, as we explained above, that the level of realism is much higher. Virtually as if he were already with the daddies. Hence, many choose to make a report of this type. In addition, it should be noted that in the 5D echoes different obstacles are not appreciated than if we can sometimes find ourselves in the 4D, such as the umbilical cord or shadows.
What is the best time to do a 5D ultrasound?
If you are going to be a mother and have thought about getting a 5D ultrasound, or you are going to be a father and want to give one to your partner, but you are not sure what the best time is for it, it is important that you know what can be done since week 12 The problem is that in this week the facial features are not yet formed, although you can see your baby's body. The most advisable thing is to do it between week 24 and 32, since it is from these weeks when the well defined face can be observed in detail, as well as movements or grimaces. Most centers that use this technique allow you to repeat the session in the event that your baby is in a bad position, does not show up well, or is very asleep and does not feel like being disturbed.
As for prices, these vary greatly from one center to another, so we advise you to ask in several and study it with your partner. Of course, most include different promotions to make the visit more attractive, like a basket with baby products, collage photos framed with the best snapshots, Of course all the images of your baby made during the session and even a video edited with music to keep that moment forever.
Some tips before having a 5D ultrasound
If you have already scheduled your appointment for a 5D echo, it is important that you keep these tips in mind so that the session goes out as well as possible and you can see your baby in all its splendor.
- Avoid exciting drinks (tea, coffee, soft drinks …). Actually, you should always do this throughout pregnancy.
- Drink plenty of water in the previous days to clarify the amniotic fluid and thus achieve greater sharpness. In any case, drinking a lot of water (about 2 liters per day) is a piece of advice that you should keep in mind during the 9 months of pregnancy.
- Avoid applying moisturizer or anti stretch marks on the belly two days before the session. The oily film that leaves this on the skin can cause the image is not detected clearly and in this way you do not get the expected results.
- If you want your baby to participate during the ultrasound, be on the move and active, have something sweet while you wait for your appointment in the center where you are going to do the session (a chocolate or peach juice can serve).
- Do not forget to go with comfortable clothes. The session usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes, so it is best to wear a shirt and pants that you can easily lower a little at the time of the echo.
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