Usually, when people announce they are going to have a baby and post the first pics, it is the black and white ultrasound image. I never thought much of it. It was just the normal thing that I saw. It was also the first picture we had of our little one. Then we noticed that there was a new technology for prenatal imaging.
If you haven’t heard of 3D/4D ultrasounds, I’m sure you will hear more and more about it. 3D/4D ultrasounds use sound waves to create a three-dimensional image of your baby, along with a video. Before you get too excited like I did, it isn’t as clear of a picture as it might sound. The baby is in very cramped quarters and so sometimes the baby’s details are hidden by the inner parts of the mother. Depending on the baby’s position, you can at least get a good idea of some of their facial features. Because that is what most people are wanting to see, it is best to wait later in the pregnancy so that a lot of the features have fully developed.
Although the images are not in black and white, they aren’t in true color either. It is an orange-brown type color. It does make it stand out from the normal ultrasounds and I think it allows you to see subtle shadows. The costs vary depending on exactly what you get, but I found the pricing very reasonable. So I would recommend it to anyone wanting a more detailed image of their little one. Unfortunately, 3D/4D ultrasounds are not currently covered by insurance, so you will have to pay out-of-pocket. I think it is well worth it though because it just makes you fall even more in love with your little one while you wait to meet him/her.