Private 3D/4D Ultrasounds

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Heatherbella's picture
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Private 3D/4D Ultrasounds

Have any of you gone for 3D/4D ultrasounds? I was thinking it might be fun to do since this is likely my last pregnancy. How did you like it? Was it worth the money? Do you want to share pictures or videos with us (you can PM me if you'd rather)? Have you gone and NOT seen the gender? (we want to stay team green)

I was thinking of doing it since my u/s yesterday was so emotional. I wasn't really able to enjoy myself. I checked prices and it's MUCH cheaper if I get it done in the USA when we're there in March. I'll be 26 weeks at the time. The most expensive package they offer in Myrtle Beach is $125 and the most expensive package here is $229! Believe me, the services you get are comparable.

Is one company better than another? The one I was looking at is called Prenatal Peek. Thoughts?

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I don't know much about individual companies, but I have considered doing this! My Dr's office actually offers them as a private pay, elective u/s and I too have considered having one done.

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we have a place here called the stork connection and prices seem good. i've never done it but here is the facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stork-Connection/139594399434398

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I've never done a private one, but my OB has a nice u/s machine so I'll have pics tomorrow hopefully (and video but honestly I'll probably never get around to uploading it since they give it to us on a DVD). You couldn't really tell gender on the 3d/4d image with either of my other two, but we were trying to get face shots, not crotch ones. I have pics from my other two kids in their spaces (which are linked in my June space). They are cool, but I've heard they are more fun when you are further along (like late 20's/early 30's) but DH can't justify why we'd pay money to see the baby when we'll see him/her a few months later so we've never paid for a private one later and my doc doesn't do u/s after the 20 week one unless there is a medical reason to.

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I had a 3D with my DS, but it was in a doctors office, not a private place. Where I live, I would have to drive several hours to even go to a private U/S facility. All OB's that I know in my area offer the 3D. Some of them include it in their care. Mine on the other hand offers it as an extra that you have to pay for. I am not quite sure of the prices my doctors office charges. You can definitely find out gender but I'm sure that if you ask them they probably won't even look down there. It is definitely a neat experience. With DS I was about 35 weeks, so he was all filled and lookin cute. My SIL had one done at about 21 weeks and baby is a lot scrawnier looking so early. This time around I may be able to get another free one or two 3D's so we will wait and see before we decide to pay for one. I don't mind sharing pics from DS if you want to see them.

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I was just doing some research on what you might see at 26 weeks. I found this site with lots of sample photos. 26 weeks looks like an ok time. The babies seem to look like babies!

Scroll down and have a look at the gender pics on this page. I totally laughed so hard at them!!!!

4D Ultrasound Video 3D Ultrasound Photo, Sneak Peek Ultrasound

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I had one with Tori and it was totally worth it. With Lucas I didn't have the money at the time. But I'm considering it again this time. It's really cool.

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"heatherbella" wrote:

i was just doing some research on what you might see at 26 weeks. I found this site with lots of sample photos. 26 weeks looks like an ok time. The babies seem to look like babies!

scroll down and have a look at the gender pics on this page. I totally laughed so hard at them!!!!

4d ultrasound video 3d ultrasound photo, sneak peek ultrasound

hot dog!!! ROFL

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I've heard that 26-30 weeks is ideal. Baby is bigger but not so big that its hard to get a good view. My OB will do it in office as an extra thing for $100. But I wanted to do it while I'm hone with my family and that means going private and paying a lot more than $100. I haven't decided for sure yet.

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We tried to do it with DD and she didn't cooperate. So it was a waste of money for us. Then DH didn't even want to try with DS because he said we would hey the rest of our lives with our kid when he came out. Lol

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Yep - did one with DD and doing one with DS when I'm 29 weeks.. She said 26 weeks is too early.. they're still super skinny so she wanted me to wait till he had more fat on him. But TOTALLY worth it! We're getting one hour.. all the prints we want in BW and color.. and all pics on CD and a video of the whole thing. We're looking fwd to it!

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I have done 3D/4D u/s with both the boys at about 29 weeks. I loved it! They dont always cooperate though. First one did, second one was kinda dissapointing, he slept the whole time and didn't show much. I am considering doing it this time too but not sure with not knowing the gender, afraid we might find out to soon so I'm not sure yet. I'd say 26-29 weeks is perfect. Alot of people like to do it later so you can see a much more formed face, but sometimes they are to squished and you cant see much.

Heatherbella's picture
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I'm thinking about eating a bunch of chocolate before I go in...make sure baby wakes up. LOL

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juice works too

Momma Leah's picture
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"quonsetmom" wrote:

juice works too

I always drink orange juice about 45 minutes before my appointment time.

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I agree. OJ seems to work the best!

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I tried juice and chocolate with DD and both times she did not show her face. She was and still is definitely stubborn! Lol