When is the Best Time to Get a 3D Ultrasound?

“When is the best time to get a 3D ultrasound?”

One of the most common questions we receive at My First Baby Pictures is “When is the best time to get a 3D or 4D ultrasound?”

The answer will depend on exactly what it is that you would like to see. We have done great scans at almost anytime of pregnancy after 14 weeks, and a scan at any of the times below is always a great experience.

Below is a breakdown on what to expect during an ultrasound depending on how many weeks pregnant you are;

14-19 weeks 3D/4D Ultrasound

14-19 weeks is a great time to see the entire baby in the picture and see their acrobatic skills in action. You can watch baby kick, suck on their thumb, hiccup etc. During this time frame you will be able to make out that the baby has two eyes, nose and a mouth. However, you will not see the facial composition in complete detail. i.e. it will be difficult to say ‘oh the baby has dad’s nose’ etc. After 16 weeks we are also able to make out the gender of the baby.

20-26 weeks 3D/4D ultrasound

During the 20-26 week period you are able to see clearer facial features. Between 20 and 26 weeks we can get some really beautiful pictures of the face and there is usually enough room to see all the cute little movements that baby does in the womb.  This is often the time when we can get great videos of baby yawning, or waving or sucking it’s thumb.

27-40 weeks 3D/4D Ultrasound

At 27 weeks and beyond, baby starts to fill out and become chubby around the body and face.  A scan during this time will allow you to see very clear facial features and this is the time you are able to say “she has mum’s lips’ or “daddy’s nose”. Scans at this time usually only focus on the face as there is normally not a lot of room left to see baby moving about, although you can still get good pics and videos of hands and feet. If baby has moved right down it can sometime be difficult to get good shots of the face a this time, but with some patience and positioning, we can usually get good images of baby.

So, probably more important than “when is the best time to get a 3D ultrasound?” – The most important factors to a great 3D/4D ultrasound baby image are experience and patience which all the staff at My first baby picture have. Staying hydrated in the days leading up to your scan can also be beneficial in getting good images.

If you’re currently pregnant in any one of the above stages you can book a 3D ultrasound online by clicking here: BOOK ONLINE

We even have a “watch me grow package” that lets you have a scan at each stage.