Ultrasounds are an important tool to monitor pregnancy and baby’s growth in the womb during each trimester, whether to learn the sex of your baby or to ensure there are no possible serious complications or issues.
Here are just a few benefits of getting an ultrasound when you’re expecting your first child.
Detect multiple births.
Getting a 3d ultrasound allows you to see if there are multiple babies in the womb. The last thing any new parent wants is to be surprised with multiple births and be left with insufficient supplies or furniture.
Knowing if there are more than one baby in the womb can also help you to ensure healthy pregnancy and determine if each baby is growing at a healthy rate at each stage throughout the pregnancy.
Learn the baby’s gender.
Although not as important as knowing if expecting multiple births, to parents, learning the gender ahead of time is crucial for planning the newcomer’s wardrobe, room decor, etc.
The sex of the baby can be determined 16 weeks into the pregnancy, which can be exciting when you’re selecting baby names or are planning for the happy arrival.
You can also use the results to plan a gender reveal party to announce the gender to your family members and friends.
Connect with your baby.
Getting an ultrasound can allow you to feel closer to your baby by watching their movements as they grow in your womb.
Watch them kick their legs or put their hands over their face, which allows you to feel the connection with your little one and get a head start on the bonding process. Some believe this can be helped along by talking to the baby, playing soothing music or even reading to it.
Later in the pregnancy, it’s even possible in some cases to determine what their facial features may look like.
Do they have their father’s nose, their mother’s ears, or perhaps they even have a shocking head of hair?
Ultrasounds using 4D sonogram technology are extremely accurate and offer a high level of clarity.
Get your baby’s first photos.
Getting an ultrasound will allow you to get your the first images of the baby in the womb. Take them home to share with your loved ones, or perhaps spring them on everyone at the gender reveal party with the visual evidence.
Many parents choose to frame the images or even use them to announce the pregnancy.
Others include the pictures in a baby book and create a keepsake to show their children when they’re older.
As in our case, the ultrasounds will prove to be valuable, cherished memories regardless of how you choose to use them.
Ultrasounds offer a glimpse into the womb, enabling the professionals to detect complications or deformities that may be present early on.
Knowing of these problems ahead of time prepares a parent for the eventuality of dealing with physical or medical complications once they’re born. Sometimes, life saving interventions are even necessary in the womb, before birth.
Verify fetal position.
As you prepare to have your baby, an ultrasound can be used to verify the fetal position and allow the professionals to plan for the delivery. If everything appears fine, they can expect a normal delivery. However, if there are physical or medical issues, they will be able to plan for the specific needs of dealing with those issues at the time of birth.
In one example, if a baby is breach, the doctor can determine if a cesarean section is necessary to make sure that there aren’t any complications.
Getting an ultrasound regularly through your pregnancy offers many benefits for the parents and the infant. There’s nothing like being prepared and confident that all will go well at delivery.