Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few questions that we hear a lot. Even though we don’t mind answering them any time we hear them, I just thought I would answer them here just for your information also.

The first question is about movement. Early in the pregnancy, most moms can’t feel their baby moving so they ask me how much they move. As your baby grows, their movements change.
In the first trimester, you can see that the baby’s movements are varied. I watch the baby as they move for a few seconds and then they rest for a few seconds.
They go through this routine again and again. In the second trimester your baby is starting to get on a schedule. They start forming a pattern where they will be active during certain times of the day and then they will rest or sleep during other parts of the day.
In the third trimester they start to slow down their movements but still stick to the schedule they developed in the second trimester. I have been told that they usually keep that schedule after they are born so have fun changing it if they sleep during the day and wake at night!

The next thing I am asked is if your baby has hair. It’s been my experience that hair starts to really grow on your baby’s head after about 25 weeks.
I like to show moms and dads how much hair their baby has at the chubby cheek ultrasounds. Sometimes we see so much hair that it is floating around as the baby moves their head!

The last frequently asked question is can my baby open their eyes in the womb? The answer is absolutely! Your baby’s eyes are sealed shut until about 26 weeks.
At that point, they come unsealed and it is up to the baby to want to open their eyes. Every baby is different, since they all have different personalities already.
Some babies keep their eyes closed the whole time we are looking at them. Other babies are turning their heads toward mom and dad’s voices and looking around like they want to see who is talking!
I show you all of these things when you come to Baby Dimensions to have your ultrasound done!

Difference between 3D and HD

3D images are the still images in the orange color that you see. It is the first generation of 3D.

HD images are the newest generation of 3D technology and is much more detailed. The coloring of the new HD is also closer to real life skin tones, like your are in the womb with them.   The HD technology has only been available since 2012.

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, all ultrasounds are done by appointment only. Same day appointments are sometimes available depending on schedule.

Is ultrasound safe?

Ultrasound has been around for over 35 years now and after many studies, there has been no indication of any negative impact or harmful effects to mother or baby. Our ultrasound machine is similar to the one used in your doctor’s office.

What is a 3D/4D/HD Ultrasound?

3 Dimensional (3D) ultrasound captures images of your unborn baby in color and 3 dimensions, not like the 2 dimensions in black and white that you have seen in the past. 4 Dimensional (4D) ultrasound takes 3D a step further and shows your baby moving in 3D. Sometimes you will see your baby moving and other times you will see him or her sucking their thumb or even look like they are dancing on the inside of your tummy.

How far along should I be?

When you want to schedule your ultrasound is a matter of choice for you. We can determine the gender of your baby any time after 14 weeks, but the Right time to see your baby with chubby cheeks is between 28 and 31 weeks, depending on your height and size before your pregnancy.

Who will perform my ultrasound?

Your ultrasound will be performed by an ultrasound technologist registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and who has over 22 years experience. She also has extensive training in 3D/4D ultrasound imaging with OB as her specialty.

Will my ultrasound be covered by insurance?

No, this is not a medical procedure. This is a fun and enjoyable time that lets you see your baby in the womb and get photographs and videos of this experience.