Do you want to see your baby more often than during those 2 echoes that you get anyway? Very understandable! That is why pretechos have been created! When you are one make pretecho in a later stage of the pregnancy, as from the 24th week, you can really see the face of your baby. In color and with depth! Amazing, right?
Unfortunately, pretech echoes are not reimbursed by the health insurer if you have additional insurance. You must request this. Read more about making pretecho here.
Pretecho in the neighborhood
With your midwife you can have the first ultrasound made by default. This is around the 8th to 12th week of your pregnancy. In addition, you always get a 20-week ultrasound. If you want to see your baby more often, you can have a pre-ultrasound made. It may be that this can be done by your midwife, but sometimes this is not possible because for the 3D and 4D ultrasounds other materials are needed. If it is not possible with your midwife or at the nearest hospital, there is probably a special clinic in the neighborhood that specializes in the pretecho. Just google!
Types of echoes during pregnancy
Fortunately, the technique did not stand still when making the ultrasound and we can see more and more. In the beginning you have to do it with a 2D echo. This is a black and white echo in which you can see movements and hear the heart beat. The images have no depth. The term echo and 20 weeks echo are usually in 2D. With a 2D ultrasound a picture can be made of your little one in black and white.
If your baby is older, from the 24 weeks you can have a 3D pretecho made. Your baby has then developed a small layer of fat so that you can see the convex cheeks. With a 3D echo you see color images. These images stand still, but contain depth. So you can nicely view the shapes and curves of your little one. Maybe you can even see who he or she looks like! You will receive photos after the ultrasound.
A 4D ultrasound is definitely a party. During this echo you will see color images 'live from the womb'! A 4D pretecho is therefore also called a live 3D echo called. The images are therefore in color, moving and you see depth! As if your baby is just ahead of you! You can clearly see what your baby is doing like thumbs, yawning or secretly kicking. Afterwards you can get these images or a photo.
Make a pretecho? Wait until you are 24 weeks pregnant, then you can really see a lot of beauty!
Pretecho how many weeks?
It does not make any sense to have a pre-ultrasound if you are less than 8 weeks pregnant. Your baby has not yet formed this way and besides that you often get a first term echo around that period. Most people request a pre-ultrasound between 16 and 20 weeks. This is mainly a pretecho for the gender determination, if you can not wait.
In this period a good 3D or 4D ultrasound is not yet possible, but you get a 2D echo. From 15 weeks onwards, the gender can be determined, but please note that this is sometimes too early!
If you would like a photo or video of your baby, then you should make sure that you make a pre-ultrasound before you are 22 weeks pregnant. Your baby can still be captured in one image. Then your baby is too big to fit into one echo image.
With how many weeks a 3D or 4D pretecho?
A 3D or 4D ultrasound is most beautiful if your baby has developed a small layer of fat. This is from the moment you are 24 weeks pregnant. Do not wait too long, because the longer you wait, the greater the chance that your baby will assume an awkward position for the echo or that the placenta will block the image. Probably you can come back another time and have a new pretecho made.
When is a 4D ultrasound the best?
During the ultrasound you can zoom in on the face of your baby and you can really see your baby. Super special. A 3D or 4D pretecho can be made until the 33rd week of your pregnancy. After this your baby will descend and he or she will disappear from our sight. Fortunately, it will not be long before you really see your baby.
What if the pretecho shows something strange?
It can happen that when you have one make pretecho something strange is seen. In that case, you will be referred to an ultrasound operator (as with the 20-week ultrasound). An ultrasound operator can see if any abnormalities are visible. If this is the case, you will receive a follow-up examination at the hospital. Read more about this in our blog 20 weeks echo.