3D/4D ultrasound, just like regular ultrasound uses sound waves in order to create an image of your baby while he or she is still inside your womb. It has been a growing trend among pregnant women nowadays because unlike regular ultrasound it lets you have a 3 dimensional or 4 dimensional view of your unborn child. With the 3D/4D ultrasound you can clearly see the babys facial features and there have been instances when smiling babies in the womb are caught on the 3D/4D image. Capturing these special moments can be really exciting for expectant parents but before you go to your doctor you should try to find out 3D 4D ultrasound risks during pregnancy.
One of the few risks of getting a 3D or 4D ultrasound is the risk of exposing your unborn child to increased energy levels that the ultrasound machine emits. Although ultrasound has been used by obstetricians for the last 25 to 30 years or so there are still no conclusive data that will prove that using it poses no risk to your child. You should still be aware that 3D and 4D ultrasounds emit more energy levels than the regular ultrasound.
Just like the baby, the mother is also exposed to the increased energy levels and could be affected by these as well. Again, there are insufficient data about the risk of getting 3D or 4D ultrasounds on the mother but it is also worth looking into if you want you and your baby to be safe.
Another risk of getting a 3D or 4D ultrasound session is the risk of getting a technician that is not properly trained in handling the equipment. Most of these 3D and 4D ultrasounds are offered for portraiture and has no medical basis. An untrained technician may want to take their time to ensure that they get a good picture of the baby. Thus they may keep exposing you and your baby to longer and unnecessary energy levels just to get that perfect picture of your baby.
3D and 4D ultrasounds should also not be used as a replacement for prenatal care. Some parents would see a healthy baby on the 3D or 4D ultrasound and assume that all is well. They dont realize that it takes a qualified doctor to interpret these ultrasounds. What they perceive as normal looking baby may not be the case. If you want the best care for you and your baby, you should still see a doctor and not just rely on the 3D or 4D ultrasound. An ultrasound is used by qualified obstetricians to know how far you are at your pregnancy, to learn of any birth defects your baby might have and to determine if you are carrying more than one baby among other things. Most doctors believe that ultrasounds should be used for medical purposes only. To find out 3D 4D ultrasound risks during pregnancy, you should ask your doctor about it. Your doctor should be able to tell you exactly what to expect, what are the effects and confirm any of the items mentioned above.
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