I've had a very textbook pregnancy (knock on wood!!) and because of this, I've needed minimal medical intervention. My appointments consist of measuring the fundal height(aka uterus size, basically) and checking baby's heartbeat. Then, sending me along my merry way because everything always checks out perfect, developmentally.
Of course, we are VERY grateful for this case, as it could be much worse. But, on the other hand, we've only been given two ultrasounds because of it. When you're an anxious parent-to-be, the waiting is tough! There are elective 3D/4D ultrasound clinics out there, and seem to be quite popular lately. You don't need a doctor's referral, and it gives you the chance to see your baby in 3D -- which is amazing. The only downfall is having to pay for it out of pocket, as insurance obviously doesn't cover something elective.
We'd been on the fence about this. We really wanted to, but there is only one place in the Pittsburgh area, and the cheapest package is $225. With it being the holiday season, that's pretty pricey. So, we were just going to forget about it, and suck it up and wait. But then, my sister told me about a place in Morgantown, WV. Their prices were competitive, and much more feasible, so we decided to go for it.
The experience was awesome!! We hadn't seen our little one since early September, which was 18 weeks along. The first thing Ryan said when we saw her on the screen was "wow! she got big!" and she totally did. So big, you can't even get her entire body in one shot anymore. Crazy! But seeing her in 3D/4D was SO COOL. We could see all of the features of her face, right down to the little lines in her knuckles. It was crazy! She was being pretty cooperative, except for when she kept sucking her thumb. It was very cute, and she was very content with her hands on her face. lol. A couple times, she stuck her tongue out and at one point, flipped us off! Too funny.
Without further adieu, I leave you with some pictures of our girl.
and lastly -- I leave you with my latest belly photo.