What does a baby do for those nine months in the womb?
When Alexandre Lambert accompanied his wife to an ultrasound scan, he found out exactly what his baby son was up to.
The couple were already delighted watching their little bundle of joy via a standard 2D scan, then 3D stills.
But nothing could prepare them for meeting him via a 4D scan, and they were so excited by what the technology revealed, the also shared it on YouYube.
“First we were amazed by the quality, we had never seen a 4D scan before.
“The first thing I said to my wife was: ‘Wow! He looks so much like your brother!’ Funny, because even now people are still saying that about him!”
A 4D scan shows moving 3D images of an unborn baby (time being the fourth dimension), and are perfect for capturing those movements that are otherwise missed.
Baby Lambert was sleeping at the time of the scan, so Alexandre’s wife was told to move around a bit.
Sander’s little boy in 2D, and pulling a face in 4D! (Image: Alexandre Lambert)
What they witnessed was incredible: “They checked again and he was rubbing his eyes! And pulling a sad face, probably because he didn’t like to be woken up.”
“He still pulls that face when he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, like eating something he doesn’t like.”
But their son wasn’t quite done with his live-action debut: “When he started eating and drinking we, including the person operating the machine, were amazed!”
Alexandre’s son is now almost three, and his parents have shown him the precious footage (although he thinks it’s of his baby brother).
Alexandre remains as awed and impressed today by the magic as he did three years ago.
“It really is an amazing technology. Seeing a little person in there doing all of that makes you realize even more how precious that little fellow inside the belly is.”
The video starts with the ultrasound of the couple’s baby, where you can clearly see the little tyke almost grown to its full size.
Then about at 22 seconds, you can watch the 4-D scan of the child and you can see the serene expression on its face as it snoozes comfortably on its side.
Fast forward to 37 seconds, and you can actually see the little one eating! Now that’s something we bet you’ve never even seen before. You can watch the baby grab a mouthful of the food that comes its way and chew it like a happy little chomper.
At 1:13 minutes, you can watch its little face squirm into a half smile, half annoyance as it just relaxes. Probably the mommy had gulped down a glass of cold water and the little one was not pleased!
At 1:33 minutes, the little one looks fast asleep with its tiny head resting on its little arms.
There’s this precious moment at 2:13 minutes where you can look at the little one rubbing its eyes with the smaller-than-pint-sized fingers.
The video ends with the baby falling back to sleep, which we’re sure can melt the coldest of hearts on this planet.
The next time you have a baby, make sure you get a 4-D scan done. You won’t regret it. Watching their little antics when they are inside you will make you appreciate their theatrics all the more when you finally get to swaddle them.
Source: momjunction.com, mirror.co.uk
Want To Know How Your Baby Looks? 3D And 4D Scans Are The Solution
Generally, we see breadth and depth when we see the world from our naked eye. But usually when we are seeing the objects inside the body it is slightly difficult to get the 3 dimensional or 4 dimensional view of what is inside. With the ever growing technology researchers have come up with new ways to check the proper development of the baby in the womb. And one among those unique methods is the 3D and 4 D ultrasounds. In this article you will know about the importance of these scans and why are they done during pregnancy.
What is 3d ultrasound?
A three-dimensional ultrasound is an image created by processing multiple 2-dimensional images in order to get depth to the picture.
It uses simple, safe ultrasound waves, which are then processed by high powered computer technology.
Then, the images are displayed on a large screen for you to appreciate.
What is 4d ultrasound?
A wriggly baby at 12 weeks gestation
4d Ultrasound takes multiple 2-dimensional ultrasound images, creates a 3-dimensional image and then does this repeatedly so that, over time, you can see the movements of the fetus in three dimensions.
The fourth dimension is time.
So you can see live movements of your baby in-utero, like a video.
What are the benefits of 3d?
Three-dimensional imaging provides several important benefits over 2d imaging, but it does not replace 2d ultrasound.
Surface rendering with 3d provides beautiful images of the surface of the face, tummy or spine.
It can show up problems like a cleft lip, an abdominal hernia or a spina bifida with amazing clarity.
Therefore, the parents can recognise what the doctor is worried about.
The surgeons also appreciate the better view and find it easier to advise the parents about the likely outcome for the baby.
Why do 2d first?
While we are happy to do 3d and 4d scanning for you, we believe that it is also important that we find out if there are any problems with the baby first.
Therefore, all of our sonographers are fully qualified in ultrasound, with special skills and training in obstetric ultrasound.
We always do a comprehensive assessment of the baby’s growth and well being at the same examination.
What are the benefits of 4d?
Four-dimensional imaging enables us to watch fetal behaviour, and see the movements or lack of movements at fetal joints.
This will have benefits when trying to classify joint and skeletal problems like club foot.
Of course four-dimensional imaging also allows us to gaze at the baby’s face and see fetal swallowing, fetal breathing and different facial expressions.
Is it safe?
Yes. 3d and 4d ultrasound use sound waves, just like ordinary 2d ultrasound.
Numerous studies over several decades, have shown that there is no detrimental effect on the baby from ultrasound.
Will the baby feel it?
Not to our knowledge. Just as adults cannot feel ultrasound waves, or sound waves, it is unlikely that the baby can feel it.
Will I get to see the baby’s face?
We usually manage to get gorgeous baby photos.
However, the picture is affected a lot by the position of the baby.
If it is head down and facing your spine, we only get to see its back. Sometimes it takes persistence and patience to see the baby when it is facing up.
The best time to get the baby in a good position is from about 24 weeks gestation to 34 weeks gestation.
Also, before the third trimester, most babies have little sub-cutaneous fat. They can look a little bony.