As would be parents you must be too excited and planning on a lot of things already. As the baby is still in developing stage and inside the womb, it makes parents curious to know about the progress. What is happening inside, whether the baby is healthy or not and are they doing everything right? To find out, would be parents take help of 3D and 4D ultrasound. However, here again they are worried whether it will be safe for their baby or can the prenatal tests harm a fetus?
You can be rest assured as majority of studies shows that limited use of ultrasounds during pregnancy doesn’t hurt the baby. Here are few things that expectant parents must know.
How Do Ultrasounds Work?
To be sure whether the ultrasound can hurt the baby or not, you must know how the ultrasound works in the first place. Sending waves through the body to glimpse a baby’s tissues and organs, ultrasound are useful in observing fetal development. It can also detect abnormalities in the womb—including some that can be addressed before your baby is born.
In this 15 to 30 minutes procedure, the sonographer rubs gel on your abdomen. Then, a special wand called a transducer is used, which emits the sound waves, creating pictures of your baby on the screen.
Is It Safe For The Baby?
Now, when parents learn that sound waves create pictures of the baby, they get worried, whether this thing is safe for the baby or not? As mentioned earlier, there have been a lot of studies that gave no evidence that ultrasounds harm a developing fetus. No radiation or x-rays are used during ultrasound and no links have also been found between ultrasound and birth defects, childhood cancer, or developmental problems later in life.
Also how many ultrasounds are safe during pregnancy? There is no clear answer of that as well. Even if you consider a very slight possibility of risks, most experts agree that medically necessary ultrasounds are nothing to worry about.
Are 3D & 4D Ultrasounds Safe?
As there have been technological advancements, expectant parents can now get 3D and even 4D ultrasound to get clearer pictures of their baby. 4D ultrasounds with video capabilities let you see moving images of your baby in the womb. This can also help the doctor in diagnosing certain defects at a very early stage.
When compared to their traditional two-dimensional counterparts, 3D and 4D ultrasounds are considered safe, however, you must make sure that they’re conducted by a certified professional based on medical recommendation. If you want a better look at your baby’s face then getting 3D or 4D ultrasound is better choice.
It is also of grave importance that you get ultrasound only when medical information about pregnancy is needed. If you see ultrasound machine in malls and that is being carried out by technician of unknown training, it might turn out be dangerous.
Summing It Up
Ultrasounds are being used in pregnancy for past 3 to 4 decades and boosts of an extremely safe record. If it is medically necessary, don’t wait and get the ultrasound done without any worries that it might affect the baby in you womb.