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I want to get a 3d/4d scan so I can have look at my son's face. I… 
12th-Dec-2012 05:44 pm [ultrasound, ultrasound photos]
I want to get a 3d/4d scan so I can have look at my son's face. I have been driven crazy not knowing what he looks like and I would love to get an idea. I was wondering if your's bub face looked anything like it did in the 3d/4d scan? I know the face takes a few days to calm down from passing through the birth canal but I was curious if essentially they pics look the same.
12th-Dec-2012 07:38 am (UTC)
I think ours was pretty similar:

3D Xander:

Xander at Birth:

Edited at 2012-12-12 07:47 am (UTC)
12th-Dec-2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Unlrelated, but I love his squishy little face (the cheeks!) in that picture. Some babies are really adorable. XD
12th-Dec-2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He was pretty jaundice there. He looks so tan. He is soooo white now. He also lost about 2/3rd of his hair and it's turning blond now. haha. It's weird how they change so fast.
13th-Dec-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't told me! My son looked yellow like a Simpson when he was jaundiced, although he was still well within the acceptable levels (where you need no phototherapy). They do change fast indeed. I remember a brief hair-loss period as well, hah, but the color stayed the same.
12th-Dec-2012 10:54 am (UTC)
One of my friends got one last year and her baby looked exactly like she did in the ultrasound.

I've had 2 done this pregnancy (one at 15w to find out the sex early, and then again at 27w to make sure she was still a girl and to see what she looks like). I'm really glad I did it, even if she doesn't look exactly as she did on the ultrasound. Just know, it is super freaky if they open their eyes though!
12th-Dec-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't see much similarity, haha, but I didn't get a clear shot - only with an arm in the way etc., so I could only evaluate the details spearately, like mouth+nose+ 1 eye, an ear etc.. But when I looked at the pics last week, I actually found they resembled my now nearly three year old, taken together.
The scan costs about 650 Euro here, so I would do it for medical reasons but not just to get a face shot (because you might not even get a clear one). It's definitely neat that such examinations are possible today! :-)

As a sidenote, my son's face didn't really need much recovery after passing through the birth canal... he looked pretty in shape right away (the head also wasn't much changed, so maybe we were just lucky Labour was 7.5 hours so I can't even say it was extremely fast or anything, just a normal vaginal birth without interventions in the birth center). The 3d/4d scan will show a skinnier face than what you will see after birth, btw., but it will give you an idea.

Edited at 2012-12-12 12:51 pm (UTC)
12th-Dec-2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think our daughter looked very much like the 4d scan. We had it done at 34 weeks. It was cool, but I don't think I'd pay for one (ours was free as a gift from a friend who is an ultrasound tech).
12th-Dec-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
My tech popped the ultrasound into 3D on one of my last ones (I had them almost every visit due to an abruption and previa). Kiddo yawned during it, but she got good shots of her nose and mouth. Her mouth looked like my husband's in the US, but is more like mine, but her nose looked definitely like his to me, and still sometimes does. Kid's faces are kinda in flux for a good while before they really seem to settle one way. I know I looked like my mom for the longest time, and now I look a ton like my dad. My goddaughter looked like her dad so much as a baby and is now a clone of her mom. Mine gets more and more mixed between the two of us, but I think she looks less and less Asian as she gets older (she's 1/4 Chinese). My husband even commented she looked more Asian than him as a baby, and we both still think she looks a great deal like his dad, especially in certain expressions. LOL
12th-Dec-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Ours looked like our baby shortly after birth. We had it done at 33 weeks.
12th-Dec-2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
It depends on how far along you are. We had one done with our first son at 30+ weeks, and it looked pretty close. Our second son, the tech flipped into 3D mode around 20 weeks and AHHHHHHH ALIEN!

Seriously, he didn't resemble a human being. But he was super-cute when he was done baking and popped out!
12th-Dec-2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
Our second son, the tech flipped into 3D mode around 20 weeks and AHHHHHHH ALIEN!

Haha, our tech did the same thing and all I could think was, "You'd better not look like that when you come out!!" ;)
12th-Dec-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
The 3d/4d scan freaked me out. My son looked like a monster. Maybe it was too early when they did the scan, maybe he was in the wrong place, but I spent the rest of my pregnancy secretly worried that he was going to be born deformed. (He was and is beautiful, nothing at all like the scan).
12th-Dec-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
I haven't done it myself, but my niece looked just like her (36 week) 3D picture by a few days after birth!
12th-Dec-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
By the time a scan like that would have produced good images in later pregnancy my son was head down and determined NOT to have his little face seen. I had ZERO clue what he was going to look like til the second I had wits about me enough to hold him after his birth. He came out cute as a bug in a rug and still is. :) I got some nice profile shots at his anatomy scan but that was the last time before he was born that I could see his face at all.
12th-Dec-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
My friend just had her baby and he looked EXACTLY like his ultra sound. That's actually why I decided NOT to get it done, I wanna wait till the 'big day' to see him :)
12th-Dec-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
During a scan at 32 weeks, my OB flipped it to the 4D and I have some good pictures of his face from that but to me, it didn't really look much like he did in person. It's neat just because any little glimpse of what's going on in there is enthralling but I wouldn't have paid for it/won't pay for it in my next pregnancy. It was cool that my OB did it during a non-elective scan so I could have it. Maybe see if there's any chance yours does/will?
12th-Dec-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Mine definitely looked like his 4D picture - especially in the lips and the nose :)
12th-Dec-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
With my daughter we had the 3D ultrasound done at 28 weeks. It looked exactly like she did when she was born. Some of her mannerisms and expressions in those photos we still see today when she sleeps at 4 years old. We have our 3D/4D elective ultrasound for this pregnancy this Saturday and I'm curious to see how they'll compare. I'll be 29 weeks. Even if they don't look the same, it gives you something that makes it seem more real, that there's an actual baby growing inside your big ginormous tummy :) At least that's what it does for me.
13th-Dec-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I have mine Saturday too! :D yay!
12th-Dec-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
My ultrasound tech switched over to 4D during my 36-week scan, but he was way too far into my pelvis to see his face. She did print some *fantastic* 4D pics of his penis for us. (sarcasm)
13th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow - if she would have done that in 4 more weeks and taken them to a store to be developed, she'd have social services all up in her face. That just seems... wrong. Really, really wrong.
13th-Dec-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
IDK, a lot of people get ultrasound pictures of their baby's genitals just to show if it's a boy or a girl. It isn't sexual. People post them here all the time. Naked baby pics aren't CYS-worthy in the least.
13th-Dec-2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Naked baby pics aren't CYS-worthy in the least.

While I agree with you, a friend who worked at our local Wal-Mart's photo lab for a couple years was required by company policy (I don't know if that's local WM or national) to report all naked baby pics developed. She hated that.
13th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
My daughter still has the same little button nose we saw at 28ish weeks and both at the 3d ultrasound and immediately after birth
13th-Dec-2012 01:17 am (UTC)
(stupid phone)... I remember thinking she had the most beautiful perfectly shaped lips :)
13th-Dec-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
My baby looked exactly like my husband in the 4d scan, even the ultrasound tech was laughing at the similarity. I doubt it's going to come out and suddenly look like me. :)
13th-Dec-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I had one with my son and he looked the same when he was born. We marveled at how much he looked like my husband in the ultrasound and even at 20 months he is a tiny version of DH.
13th-Dec-2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Hm. I guess so? Let me dig through some photos. Our 3D/4D scan was at 35 weeks.

I don't have stills, but this brief video has the clearest look at his face.

Honestly, the one that struck me, resemblance-wise, was a regular 2D image.

With his little primate skull:
13th-Dec-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
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