what do you think about 3D/4D sonograms for pregnant women?

United States
February 14, 2013 5:23pm CST
I have seen pictures on the internet. Many people love them and they give you a real view of what the baby will look like. On the other hand, I have seen some pictures where the baby in the photos looks weird and creepy. I am debating whether I should spend the $100-$150 that it would cost to get an elective 3D/4D sonogram of my baby. I have to decide within the next 2-3 weeks before my baby gets too big. So, have you seen any 3D/4D pictures or had one done yourself or know someone who has? What is your opinion on them?
10 responses
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
I think that if the 3d/4d sonogram would be a lot helpful in determining any pre-natal deficiency, then I would not mind spending that much on it. But if the only difference between them and the conventional sonogram is being able to see a better picture of your child, then I'd say, I would stick to the usual sonograms used.
• United States
16 Feb 13
Well, that is the problem. They are elective sonograms, usually done by an ultrasound technician, not by a doctor. And they are usually done after the regular 20 week anatomy scan, which does scan for abnormalities in the baby's organs, etc. 3D/4D sonograms are strictly for the patient's convenience and are elective, so there are no diagnostic tests run, and the technician does not specifically look for deficiencies.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
16 Feb 13
I see.... So thoar who are just so excited and has the money benefits from this.....i'd say it is a waste of money.
@kprofgames (3018)
• United States
15 Feb 13
This wasn't available when expecting my children but got the pleasure of seeing my first grandchild with it. I think it's a great technology. I think the cost of it is a bit much and can only say it's up to the individual parent. I don't know if that amount of money would be worth it for me.
• United States
16 Feb 13
That is what I'm debating. It is a 20-30 minute session and cost varies. In my immediate vicinity and surrounding areas (15 mile radius) costs vary from $100-150.
@MissBlack (357)
• United States
15 Feb 13
I had the chance to see my son in 3D and I was emotional..it was so cool but I was too busy crying..my doctor went on about how big he was and all I could do was wipe tears and try to count his fingers..as far as the price, it was a little costly for my budget at the time, but it is one of those things you will never forget..
• United States
15 Feb 13
Wow that is amazing. Maybe I will get one after all. Many people are trying to convince me to get it done.
• Philippines
23 Feb 13
My sister had her 3D/4D last November 2012 because they can't wait for another month to see their long awaited first baby. It's pricey but I guess I will also do the same thing when I got pregnant to my first baby. :)
@maximax8 (27334)
• United Kingdom
23 Feb 13
I think that in pregnancy 3D or 4D sonograms are delightful but quite pricey. I have had ordinary hospital scans which are on black and white thermal type paper. I had a gender scan at 16 weeks pregnancy at a private clinic in my second pregnancy. I haven't seen any 3D or 4D sonogram photos in real life but I have found baby center friends on-line. Good luck deciding.
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
20 Feb 13
Congratulations on your coming baby! I believe that ultrasound of babies before was made to check if the baby is normal. Then, parents now have 3d/4d or ultrasound to check their babies gender. Would you believe that I didn't have 3d or any test to check my three kids gender? I just feel it if its a boy or a girl. :) Girl and boy have different symptoms during pregnancy and I just knew what I am carrying then. :) I have two boys and a girl by the way. I believe too that those tests are additional expense to our pocket.
@mikyung (2234)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
These innovations are so helpful in taking a glimpse of our baby, the feeling of seeing your angel makes our life complete. This facilities can project and doctors can make an assessment on his or her physical features, this is to monitor any deviations from normal. I think this is worth it. But again, for those people who can afford it, that is advisable. And for those, who can't, maybe there's another way, a lesser version sonograms with lesser cost or another way to check the details. Thanks
@neelia27 (896)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
I did 3d for my baby and it was wonderful.. seeing my baby inside my tummy.. if you are lucky you might even see him smiling.. though it is expensive but if you can afford it why not do it.. that's the only means you can see your baby inside you and the feeling is priceless..
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
15 Feb 13
When I was pregnant with my children, 3D/4D ultrasounds were not something that was common and I have to say that I really don't think that there is anything that has been missing in my life because I wasn't able to have one of them. Now my cousin just had her daughter two months ago and she was able to get a 3D/4D ultrasound and those pictures that she had of Lucy before she was born really are something special and something that I know she will treasure for years to come. My thought would be if it is something that you are really able to afford, then go for it. However, if this is something that would be cutting yourself short in another area, then pass on it. It really won't be that long before you will be able to see what your baby looks like first hand.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
Technologies are innovative and functional nowadays. I think that is really good. One can get a view of your baby clearly though it is quite costly.