After the initial shock of my first positive pregnancy test wore off, my mind started racing with questions. Is this really happening? Am I really down for this? How will I tell my partner? Like, a whole big production, or a low-key, “By the way, you knocked me up,” kinda deal? What kind of mother will I be? How will our friends and family react? What will my baby look like? There were so many unknowns. So, I was so excited when my doctor scheduled my first ultrasound because, well, ultrasound visits are the absolute best.
Most expecting parents in America can anticipating having two to four ultrasounds during pregnancy, possibly more if there are specific concerns. While 2D ultrasounds are generally accepted as safe, most medical practitioners don’t recommend getting more scans than are deemed medically necessary, and they definitely don’t recommend having at-home or 3D ultrasounds done purely for keepsake purposes. Yes, technology is cool, but this stuff is powerful folks. Leave it to the professionals. Besides, it’s totally worth it to have a trained technician who truly understands what they’re seeing guide you through such an amazing process. For all the reasons that an ultrasound can be nerve-wracking, it’s far better to be at a visit with a doctor or technician who is qualified to tell you when to worry and when to relax, than with some random person running a novelty shop at the mall.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t you just say that ultrasound visits are the absolute worst?” Yes, yes I did. Because it’s true, and I contain multitudes. Ultrasound visits can be terrifying and sticky and awful, there's no doubt about it. However, they’re also the greatest, because: