“But, I didn’t do it with my first…”

I know what you’re thinking. Take it from me, three kids in, and I try my hardest to be sure that whatever I did for the first, I did for the second.  With just 14 months between the first two and the fact that we were perpetually in what I call “survival of the fittest” mode, it was a daunting yet do-able endeavor.  Now with number three, it’s getting to be a bit more difficult so I’m starting to choose my battles.

We are starting to turn the corner – #1 is 6 years old, #2 is two weeks from turning 5 and #3 is 18 months. The two older ones are slightly more self sufficient leaving me slightly more time….

IMG_8676 copy-2You Are Not Cheating Your First Pregnancy

One thing I will tell you is I hear a lot of expectant parents say that they don’t want to do a 3D/4D ultrasound with pregnancy #2, 3, 4, etc. because they didn’t do it with #1 or “the others.”  I want to let these moms and dads know that you are NOT cheating the pregnancies that came before! You are giving these siblings an invaluable experience.  You are giving them a chance to bond with the growing baby in mommy’s belly.  You are giving them the gift of being able to experience the miracle of life.

An Experience Your Older Children Will Cherish

When I was pregnant with my third, I took my older two who were 3 and 4 at the time and could barely sit still for more than a minute to my 3D/4D Ultrasound at Baby’s Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio and I will never forget the stillness, the quietness, the awe that was in that room in those moments as my two babies sat and saw their baby brother to be in all his glory sleeping and swimming on that big television screen.  The “aha moment” of them realizing that THIS is what is going on in mommy’s belly.  You see in their eyes that these children are all connected in some primal way. They know each other, although they have not yet physically met and I have to say that besides giving birth, seeing the wonderment in their eyes as they caught their first glimpse of their baby brother has to be one of the most grounding and amazing experiences.

So moms and dads, your children won’t care that maybe you didn’t do a 3D/4D ultrasound when you were pregnant with them, or maybe you did……but they will remember that you let them in and shared this amazing experience with them.

When is the Best Time to Get a 3D/4D Ultrasound?

Getting an Ultrasound, regardless of whether it is 2D, 3D or 4D, is such an exciting part of being pregnant. There is nothing like seeing your baby on the screen for the first time. With the availability of 3D/4D Ultrasounds, the process has become even more special. Though you can have a 3D/4D Ultrasound done at anytime throughout your pregnancy, there is a certain window of time that will likely give you the best photos of your unborn child.

Baby's Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio in Maywood, NJ

Baby’s Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio in Maywood, NJ

If You Want Results, The Best Time for a 3D/4D Ultrasound is…

In our experience, we find the best time for a 3D/4D Ultrasound to be during weeks 26-32 of your pregnancy. If you schedule your appointment with us at some point within this time-frame, you will have greater odds of seeing your baby doing some incredible things inside the womb. For instance, you might see your baby sucking his or her thumb, playing with his or her toes or maybe even giving you a nice big yawn before falling asleep.

Babies Are Amazing Humans Growing Inside You!

By Week 26 your baby has grown a bit more meat on his or her bones, enabling our Ultrasound Technician to help make out facial features pretty clearly as well. Are those daddy’s lips? Mommy’s nose? The images seen during this time can help you see which if its parents your baby looks like at that moment. Seeing those details of your unborn child’s face is such an amazing gift, one that you will surely remember for the rest of your life.

Making Multiple 3D Ultrasound Appointments Can Strengthen Your Bond

That is why here at Baby’s Premiere we have a multitude of 3D/4D ultrasound packages available for you. Whether you want to make an Ultrasound appointment once, twice or have your gender reveal or baby shower centered around it, we can make it happen. We pride ourselves on the work we do and we believe that the bonding experience received by having a 3D/4D ultrasound done is so great that we try to make our prices something everyone can afford. We also offer discounts for multiple visits, active duty military and to customers who have come to see us for previous pregnancies. So call us today to set up your 3D/4D ultrasound. We promise, you will not regret it!

Can a 3D Ultrasound Reduce Postpartum Depression?

Ultrasound technology has given women a safe way to view their unborn child for over 30 years now. Women today are even luckier than they were 20 years ago though because now there is 3D and 4D technology available that allows the mother (and family) to really put a face to their unborn child. The imaging technology available today is so detailed that you can see if your baby is yawning, smiling, sucking his or her thumb, the definition of the baby’s nose, and so much more!
3D Ultrasound Image

Can This Technology Reduce Levels of Postpartum Depression?

Consequently, with all of the incredible details that can be seen through 3D and 4D ultrasounds many are wondering if this ultrasound technology has the ability to reduce postpartum depression. In fact, a few studies have been completed and others are currently under way to try and prove just that. In 2001, a study was completed in Australia that compared the effects of an ultrasound on the mother’s bond with her baby. Those women who were given a 3D ultrasound opposed to a 2D ultrasound seemed to have a much greater connection with their baby after birth. The study found that 70% of mothers receiving 3D ultrasounds felt they knew their baby right after birth because of the images they had previously seen verses 56% of mothers who received 2D ultrasounds (http://www.miracleviewultrasound.com/ultrasound-safety.html). That study also found that 82% of mothers who received a 3D ultrasound formed a mental image of their unborn child after a screening verses only 39% of those who received a 2D ultrasound.

Does a 3D Ultrasound Eliminate Postpartum Depression?

So does that mean if you get a 3D ultrasound while pregnant you won’t suffer from postpartum depression? Not necessarily. Postpartum depression happens for many different reasons and it can become present while pregnant or at any time within the first year after giving birth. Many more studies need to be completed before we can truly know whether or not a 3D ultrasound affects postpartum depression. What we do know though is that having a 3D ultrasound enables you to truly connect with your baby long before he or she is born. Particularly, if your pregnancy was a surprise or you don’t have a lot of support, seeing your baby’s face and heartbeat on the screen may help you have a clearer picture of the person you are carrying inside you and make you feel better about becoming a mother.

No matter your reason for having a 3D ultrasound, we would love to be a part of your journey. So call or email us today and we will schedule your appointment so you can truly start bonding with your baby!