Four Things You Must Know Before Your First Ultrasound

It’s perfectly normal to have questions about the development of the baby growing inside you. We’ve put together this blog post to help answer questions about one of the biggest milestones during pregnancy: the prenatal Ultrasound.

The prenatal ultrasound is often referred to as a sonogram, but the two are not the same. The American Pregnancy Association explains it like this, “although the terms ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, they are often used interchangeably and reference the same exam. An ultrasound exam is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman’s abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta.” Now a routine process, an expert technician should perform the ultrasound exam to ensure the quality of sonogram images.

Interesting Ultrasound Facts            

1) A low risk process

A highly valued and non-invasive technology, ultrasounds do not use radiation or x-ray technology to produce images of a growing fetus in the womb. Instead, ultrasound technology captures images using high-frequency sound waves that absorb into the body and reflect back to the transducer. Although there will be a slight increase in the heat in the body during the examination, no adverse effects  have been recorded in the decades since it was introduced.  

2) Not just for gender reveal

An ultrasound conducted between 18 to 20 weeks can determine the gender of a baby, but physicians use it to evaluate much more than that. With the prenatal ultrasound, doctors can also determine due dates, a multiples pregnancy, placenta locations, and pregnancy anomalies.           

3) Fosters a connection

“Seeing is believing.” Many women report being unsure of their pregnancy until they have had a view of their ultrasound images. This “window” into their growing belly helps expecting moms connect with their developing baby.

With the development of the 4D scanner, which provides detailed 3D images moving in real time, parents and medical professionals have a much clearer picture of the growing baby. With the advent of this technology, we’ve learned that babies start to make finger movements at 15 weeks, yawning and smiling at 18 weeks, blinking and crying at 26 weeks.     

4) BabyFlix HD Movie

BabyFlix offers a few innovative services to expectant parents that help make it easy to capture, store and share all the special moments, from the first ultrasound to the baby’s first steps. One of the most ingenious services BabyFlix offers is the BabyFlix HD Movie. This service turns your 30-minute ultrasound scan into an edited 3-minute high definition video. Featuring the highlights from your baby’s ultrasound scan, we promise you’ll want to share this video with family and friends and play it on repeat. 

Learn more about the BabyFlix HD Movie here.