Let’s talk about infertility statistics in the united states. 1 in 5 women are unable to conceive within one year. Within that 20% of women, 1 in 4 women have trouble pregnant or carrying to term. The CDC calculates these statistics.
Purpose of ultrasound in infertility
Expecting moms have ultrasounds, but it’s also important in infertility to have regular ultrasounds performed as well. Having ultrasounds allow for a baseline evaluation of your uterus, ovaries, and surrounding tissues. Serial ultrasounds may also be necessary to monitor and evaluate how your body is responding to your menstrual cycle or to medications. Having continual or serial ultrasounds during the evaluation of your menstrual cycle plays an important role in diagnosing any potential issues that may arise.
Services specifically for IVF & Follicular Monitoring
Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique offers our Follicular Monitoring Monitoring ultrasound for only $149 for your first visit and $99 for each subsequent visit after that. The journey you are on through infertility can be an expensive one that insurance doesn’t always cover. We want to help lessen the burden by providing a quality diagnostic ultrasound service at a great price.
Our Personal Perspective
Prior to opening Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique in Riverview, Florida, I worked for multiple Baycare facilities. My last facility was one that provided IVF and follicular monitoring ultrasound services. Since meeting so many of those women going through those journeys, I’ve always wanted to continue helping them in any way that I could. It was for this reason that I added diagnostic ultrasound services to the many services that are offered at our ultrasound clinic.
I empathize and understand your fertility journey and look forward to being a part of your journey to conception and beyond!
Pregnancy presents itself with so many emotions. Having your first ultrasound will ignite feelings of excitement as well as nervousness and anxiety. First-time mom? Not really knowing what to expect or 3rd-time mom…the feelings are all generally the same. At Peeping Moms, we perform your services by an educated and trained Sonographer that is here to make your experience magical!
We have accumulated the top 13 things you should know about pregnancy ultrasound to give you a better idea on what services are available and what you can expect.
1. Ultrasound basics
In general, ultrasound provides a ton of valuable information about the well-being of your baby. Ultrasound work by creating images using a camera or transducer producing sound waves that then travel through your body, bouncing off of your organs and coming back to the transducer to create the images we see on the screen.
2. 1st Trimester Ultrasound
Typically first performed between weeks 7-10, will be the foundation for determining how far along you are. We measure your baby during your first trimester and performing what’s called a CRL or Crown Rump Length gives the most accurate depiction of your due date.
3. A 2D ultrasound
The most commonly type of ultrasound used is 2D. This is your typical black and white images that you see medically and electively. We offer our 2D ultrasound service for only $69 named appropriately the Peeping Mom. Our Peeping Mom service offers our first trimester moms a great way to confirm pregnancy as well as check on what’s going on in your womb. We give your clients an education breakdown of what is going on inside of your body at that time. We offer our services as early as 6 weeks, but if you schedule earlier and we don’t see your baby’s heartbeat due to earlier dates, we will reschedule you free of charge.
4. Gender Determination on Ultrasound
If you are at least 15 weeks pregnant, we can determine the baby’s gender on ultrasound. We know that your baby’s gender is an important factor for most families. There is so much planning that revolves around whether the sex of your baby is male or female. Our Peeping Mom service is bookable for gender determination.
5. 3D ultrasound
3D ultrasound is the first option of being able to get a look at your baby’s features in the womb. The ultrasound machine receives sound waves just like the 2D, but in multiple planes. This gives us the ability to view the images in a volumetric manner. Seeing your baby’s face for the first time is priceless. Being able to see your baby’s face creates an even stronger bond between mother and baby. 3D imaging is also an amazing way to connect your family member with your pregnancy, creating memorable moments for everyone! Peeping Moms offers our 3D ultrasound called Peepin’.
3D ultrasound is not covered by insurance unless it is medically warranted.
6. 4D ultrasound
4D ultrasound is just like 3D, except it’s done in real-time! That’s right, you can view your little one as he or she is yawning, sucking on their thumb, or flexing some muscles for us. Watching your baby blow kisses and interact with the noises and actions that are going on outside of the womb is an absolutely amazing experience! We use our state-of-the-art Samsung machine to view your baby’s movements and actions inside of the womb, all in real time.
7. 5D/HD Ultrasound
Peeping Moms prides itself on having the latest, up-to-date technology in the ultrasound industry. 5D & HD ultrasound is the same technology, just branded differently based on the manufacturer of the machine. This technology gives us even better imaging than our 3D counterparts. The amount of detail and ability to contrast the baby’s features and surroundings makes her look almost realistic.
We provide these images in high definition, electronically, to give you the ability to share and save them for a lifetime! Booking our Peep Show Ultrasound service is an awe inspiring experience that should be shared with the whole family!
During our 5D Peep Show session at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique, we also provide the 4D experience as well. Giving you and your family the most amazing view into your womb.
8. Risks of Ultrasounds
Ultrasound comes with no risk to mom or baby. Ultrasound is actually the preferred modality of imaging in most cases due to the fact that there is absolutely no radiation involved.
9. Book as many sessions as you’d like
With the perk of ultrasounds being no risk to mom or baby, you are able to view your baby as often as you’d like. While we know that the number of ultrasounds provided by your doctor or medical provider’s office if very limited, most of that is due to insurance costs and staffing. In fact, it’s common practice in other countries that a quick ultrasound is done at each office visit, just for a quick check on baby’s wellbeing. This is where Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique comes into play. For peace of mind, we are here to offer our services to expecting moms and families as often as they would like to view their baby.
10. How long are appointments
Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique books all of our services in 30 minute appointment slots. We do not feel the need to rush through our services like most other clinics do. We want our expecting moms and families to receive the full experience.
11. Why would I need an ultrasound?
Medically, ultrasounds are generally performed for dating pregnancy, anatomy & overall wellbeing of you and your baby. The information specifically obtained during your diagnostic medical ultrasound is very important for the journey of your pregnancy.
12. BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ELECTIVE ULTRASOUND
There are some wonderful benefits of having an elective ultrasound done. There is research that shows having regular ultrasounds reduces anxiety and stimulates bonding between mom and baby. Being able to actually see that your little one’s heart is beating and they are bouncing around in there give you a sense of relief. Also, including family members helps to create a strong bond between dad and baby as well as siblings and baby. Decreasing stress and anxiety in an uncontrollable situation is beneficial for mom & baby.
It’s an amazing experience and a great opportunity to get to know your baby before they are born.
13. Creating a unique and memorable experience
Each and every ultrasound throughout your pregnancy is going to be unique. Your baby is on a continual journey of growth and development and giving you a view into your womb is an amazing way to get the full experience of pregnancy. The ability to see growth and change through each phase is an amazing way to capture each part of your pregnancy journey.
Peeping Moms has created a relaxing and intimate environment with trained professionals to give you that unique and memorable experience you deserve. When choosing where you are going to have your elective ultrasound services performed, make sure the center you choose has professionally educated and trained personnel that can provide you with the best and safest experience available!
5D Ultrasound is a multidimensional ultrasound image that is created by the transducer providing multiple images at once, where the machine then interprets them and turns them into a volumetric image. 5D ultrasound can also be labeled as HD or high-definition ultrasound.
What’s the difference between 3D & 5D?
3D ultrasound & 5D is very similar. 3D ultrasound is a primitive technology for obtaining detailed, multidimensional images of babies. While 5D ultrasound also does this, it is said to cast a “light” onto your baby’s image, creating more detail, effects, and shadowing to give much more detail. 3D Ultrasound is more of a sepia-toned image, whereas 5D ultrasound is more of what I like to refer to as a “Rosey” tone. 5D ultrasound allows for more of a life-like rendering of the baby’s features.
1st trimester 5D
1st Trimester in 5D
While of course, you have to take into consideration how far along you are, I feel like 5D ultrasound. has a unique experience in every trimester. In the 1st trimester, your 2D ultrasound looks like a grain of rice or maybe even a gummy bear in the very early stages. With 5D ultrasound, you are actually able to see those little arms and leg nubs that are forming. To me, this makes a huge difference in the perception of what is going on inside of your womb. We include a sneak peek of your baby in 3D & 5D with our 1st trimester ultrasound scans, just to give you that initial experience! It’s absolutely amazing to see those fine details and what your body is creating!
2nd Trimester 5D ultrasound
In the 2nd trimester, your baby actually looks like a tiny human now! The rapid amount of growth that goes on inside of your body is truly awesome! Even more, detail is available for us to see. Your baby has grown tremendously and is now working on a lot of the details. While the details are forming, your baby is still small at this point and doesn’t have a lot of fat. Sometimes, depending on the week you visit us for your 5D ultrasound, your baby may look a little “generic”. We start to see features, but there is still a lot of growing to be done.
2nd Trimester 5D
5D ultrasound in the 3rd trimester
This is the time frame that the real magic happens. When your baby has matured, fattened up, and is putting on the finishing touches! Our best images are typically done in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. We can see the most amount of your baby’s details during this time frame.
When is the best time to book an appointment?
We typically suggest that our expecting moms book their ultrasound appointment with us between weeks 27 and 34. During this time frame, your baby has matured enough to see all of the details, but also still has enough room and amniotic fluid to obtain those really beautiful 5D images. Although, we can obtain some really great images beyond the 34th week of pregnancy. We always suggest to our moms-to-be to hydrate for at least 5-7 days prior to their appointment to ensure there is enough amniotic fluid surrounding your baby.
How to prepare for my 3D Ultrasound Appointment at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique
We often get questions from expecting moms prior to their elective ultrasound service at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique. “What can I do prior to my ultrasound?” Should I drink something just before my 3D Ultrasound service? Do I need to eat so baby will move?”. We get so many questions regarding the preparations for your 3D Ultrasound service. Here are a few answers to how you can prepare for the BEST 3D Ultrasound and what should be done before your appointment at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique.
Here are a few tips on preparing for the BEST 3D ultrasound image quality and appointment experience:
Drink, Drink, Drink….WATER!
DRINK WATER!! We ask our moms to double up on their water intake the entire week before an ultrasound. A good rule of thumb is to at least drink half of your body weight in water. An example of this would be, if you weight 150 pound, drink AT LEAST 75 ounces of water. To obtain the BEST 3D/4D ultrasound images are much clearer with fluid surrounding baby. More fluid means better quality 3D ultrasound images. Having a good amount of amniotic fluid in front of your baby’s face will help increase our odds of getting those beautiful 3D, 4D, 5D Ultrasound images that Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique is known for!
**It usually takes 2-4 days for fluid to reach the amniotic sac from drinking, which is why we ask that you increase your water intake the ENTIRE week before. Last minute water binging doesn’t help. Increasing your water intake helps increase your chances of having the best ultrasound experience.
Unless you are coming in for a 1st trimester ultrasound, this does not mean a full bladder
2. Eating and drinking approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment may make the difference if your baby is asleep during the entire session or if we see baby in action.
The choices in what you eat and drink as well as amounts can also affect your ultrasound experience. Please be mindful of the choices of what you drink and eat, as well as quantities. While, yes, sugar can help with baby moving around, if too much sugar or too many carbs are eaten prior to your service, baby can be in a “carb coma” and want to nap.
We suggest eating something sensible that has a balanced amount of sugar/carbs and also drinking something prior to your service. Caffeine will generally provide a boost for the baby’s motion as well, however, we suggest staying away from carbonated drinks like soda due to the gases it can release in the stomach and GI track. These gases sometimes make it more difficult for us to get a clear 3D/4D/5D Ultrasound image of baby. Ultrasound does not penetrate well through gas.
Your baby, just like you will have a reaction to the different foods and drinks you put into your body. Whether those foods are carb heavy or balance in nature. Think about the way you feel after you’ve eaten or drank whatever food or drink you are thinking of consuming just prior to your appointment. It’s likely your baby will have the same reaction. So if you are going to eat donuts prior to your ultrasound service at Peeping Moms and you know that they make you tired 30 minutes after consuming them, it’s likely that it will have the same affect on your baby as well.
What if that didn’t work?
Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique strives to provide our expecting moms with the BEST 3D ultrasound services and experience. If after you have eaten and drank something and baby is not moving as much or being uncooperative, we do try several techniques in the clinic. More times than not we are able to get baby to move into a more optimal position for viewing and beautiful 3D, 4D & 5D Ultrasound images you came to Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique for. If we have a hard time getting back to cooperate, then we bring you back in for a FREE repeat scan.