Frequently asked questions
Each of these dimensions describe a difference in the image you see.
2D ultrasound is in black and white and shows the baby’s bones and organs. This is what you see when you go to your doctors office.
3D ultrasound shows the baby’s face in a similar way that you would see in person. You can see their facial features like their nose and cheeks in frozen images.
4D ultrasound is very similar to 3D except it adds the feature of movement. With this dimension you can see your baby’s movements in real time. For example you can see your baby yawn or move their hands.
HD ultrasound is the newest feature to the ultrasound world. This setting shows the baby in a pink color and has a much higher quality of facial detail. This is the most realistic imaging of your baby. You may have heard other facilities refer to this as 5D or HD-Live. Our HD is the same imaging, the names differ based on the brand of ultrasound machine being used.
Hydrate! There are many factors that go into capturing beautiful images of your baby but the biggest factor is fluid levels. The recommended fluid intake for pregnancy is 80oz a day. Water is always a good choice but drinks with electrolytes such as Pedialyte, Gatorade or coconut water also do the trick!
At First Look we want to get that perfect photo as much as you do and we will do everything in our power to acquire the best images. If your baby is uncooperative and we feel you would benefit from a rescan we will schedule one at no extra cost to you.
Ultrasound is the preferred method of imaging in pregnancy because there is no radiation. Ultrasound only uses sound waves to create a picture. Our technologist is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and we follow all medical guidelines to ensure the safety of you and your baby. The ultrasound that we use is no different from the one used at your doctors office!