To guide through the pregnancy sonograms, a detailed list of the ultrasounds done during a pregnancy has been compiled in this article. Here are the most widely used types of ultrasounds for pregnancy.
This is the most typical ultrasound reading tool. A sonographer will use a transducer that is shaped like a wand which is rubbed against the stomach in order to produce 2D images of the baby. It allows doctor to monitor baby’s growth and track milestones, detect abnormalities, see the position of your placenta (important for delivery) and determine the sex of the baby.
This type of ultrasound reading helps doctors to better see the structure and function of unborn child’s heart. Typically used to analyze any potential issues with the anatomy and/or development of the heart. This test is conducted in the second trimester, between weeks 18 to 24. Fetal Echocardiography is not recommended for all women. For most of them a basic ultrasound will show the developments in all the four chambers of their baby’s heart. It is an advanced ultrasound reading which is used to diagnose any issues in the heart.
This uses advanced computer software along with a unique transducer that produces a complete and more detailed picture of the baby. The super-detailed images may be helpful if a potential problem is detected on a regular ultrasound. In these cases, being able to view the width, height, and depth of your baby and her internal organs can be helpful in making a diagnosis.. The best time to have a 3D or 4D scan is when you’re between 26 weeks and 30 weeks pregnant. Before 26 weeks your baby has very little fat under her skin, so the bones of her face will show through.
Dynamic 3-D Ultrasound (4D ultrasound)
This is what many people know as a 4D ultrasound scan; it is very similar to the 3D ultrasound proceed. However, parents will get to see their baby moving around, and in some cases, a video of the experience will be provided. As the images are much sharper and clearer in a 3-D ultrasound, they can potentially allow your doctor to get a better grasp of any issues that developing baby may have.