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really freaked out by 3d scan...

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happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 16:48:19

I'm 34 weeks pregnant and have just got back from a routine growth scan. Baby is healthy and everything was medically fine, so I feel really petty now for thinking this, but the sonographer printed out a 3d scan of the face and I am totally freaked out by it.
The picture just looks odd to me. It has massive lips and a big nose which neither dh or I have. I'm not really sure how to explain this, but I just can't equate the picture with the baby I have inside me. I wish I'd never seen the it. I actually feel disturbed looking at it (although compelled to do so).
I know that the most important thing is that baby is healthy, and I am truely delighted at this. I'm feeling terrible for worrying about anything else.
I guess i'm wondering if anyone else has had a 3d scan that freaked them out? Or a scan that showed massive lips? I have done a few searches and can only find people overjoyed with their scans who say the baby looks just like dad etc...

elvisola Wed 17-Jul-13 16:52:02

DD1 3D scan was horrific! She had a massive forehead, huge lips and what looked like a great big plasticine nose.

She came out looking like a squashed baby and has grown into a pretty 6 year old.

Take the pic with a pinch of salt and don't forget that they are distorted by the water/placenta so most aren't a true representation x

vez123 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:53:51

When I was pregnant first time round I really wanted to get a 3d scan done but this was vetoed by DH. The reason was that everyone had told him that they got freaked out by it, baby looking like ET etc
So we never got it done.

AnythingNotEverything Wed 17-Jul-13 16:59:02

Other people's freak me out, so were definitely not having one!

Your LO is all squashed up inside and floating in fluid. You probably wouldn't look your best in those circumstances.

3D scans generally look weird. So do 2D scans if you think about it! Don't worry, your baby will look perfectly normal when she isn't swimming in amniotic fluid in a dark cave!

Sparkeleigh Wed 17-Jul-13 17:04:23

I don't know if it helps, but I didn't get a 3d scan because they freak me out, I think they all look so weird, even when parents-to-be are gushing over them.

I know my friends 3d scan didn't look anything like her baby when it was born (thankfully, her baby was beautiful and the scan was a bit alien like).

happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 17:07:22

Thank you for the quick replies! I've never liked 3d scans either, and had I known that the sonographer was able to switch between 2d/3d i'd have asked her not to!
so my baby might not have mammouth lips then!? I'm going to try and post the pic on my profile so you can all see it. Hang on...

MrsFlorrick Wed 17-Jul-13 17:08:58

They are strangely freaky. Didn't have one with DD. just had the ordinary ones and found those lovely. As in seeing DD move around etc.

Had a 4D/3D printouts with DS at 35 weeks after having a massive bleed and having gone into early labour.

The consultant had me in for an additional check up and clearly wanted to reassure me that all was well. However he didn't warn me he was switching on the 3D thing. He just suddenly did.

And there was DS. It was moving and very emotional particularly given the scare we had. But the 3D was freaky.

Not just because of the particular way the picture look but it was like something you're not supposed to see. Like you have peeked at a secret and now you cannot un-see it.

Hard to describe but a very strange experience.

If I had another DC I wouldn't have another of those 3D unless it was medically necessary. And then I wouldn't look.

LynetteScavo Wed 17-Jul-13 17:09:03

Stick your head in a Goldfish bowl and see if you look anything like you normally do.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 17-Jul-13 17:09:21

I had one. Baby looked NOTHING like he did upon arrival. I found it really odd too.

Just try to forget about it and put the picture where you can't get at it.

DS was beautiful when he came out smile Not lumpy or bumpy or squished or like an alien.

MrsFlorrick Wed 17-Jul-13 17:11:21

Sorry if that last post made no sense.

And if it helps, DS looked nothing like the 3D once he arrived.

I think I was trying to say it somehow seemed wrong to see the baby's face in detail before its born.

SourSweets Wed 17-Jul-13 17:21:24

Also, they are 3D because they take lots of pictures and combine them, and if the baby's moving some of the angles get combined in a weird way. Not technical I know, but it's true! I wouldn't worry at all! Glad all was well with the scan.

they're not real time, i don't think.

plus, babies do look weird and swollen and squished.

happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 17:23:30

Thanks again. pic on profile now (I think) where it will stay until I do as Humphrey says and hide all evidence of the scan.

BeyonceCastle Wed 17-Jul-13 17:23:45

Yep, DC2 looked like an alien.
Was so worried I showed my normal gynae who promptly put on his 3D equipment and printed from another angle to reassure me she did not have Barry Nanilow's nose grin

You get so used to the literature/brochure imagery that having an ET photo is very freaky indeed.

Your baby will be lovely.

BeyonceCastle Wed 17-Jul-13 17:24:12

Manilow obv

BeyonceCastle Wed 17-Jul-13 17:27:25

Aw that's actually quite a lovely scan. Crap, you should have seen mine.
Your baby will be beautiful.

Floggingmolly Wed 17-Jul-13 17:31:25

Was it a private scan? They always refused to provide a scan photo in later scans for me, saying the baby was so big you couldn't get an all round view, but maybe it was because of this; the angle distorting everything? Your baby will be beautiful, I promise you.

happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 17:39:19

No, It was an NHS scan. She did say that the baby was squashed and grumpy looking.
Its the lips that are scaring me mainly. Looks like its had an allergic reaction. Neither DH or I have big lips.
I'm hoping this is a distortion some how.

2Labradors Wed 17-Jul-13 17:45:15

I think it might be a bit of shadowing on the picture too, as it's in black & white.

Your baby will be beautiful.

clabsyqueen Wed 17-Jul-13 17:50:15

You could be describing my child! Neither I nor OH have big lips or broad noses but this LO certainly has on the 3D scan. Sounds like some squashing is normal. I never want to see another 3D scan again. I actually was shown one accidentally at 12 weeks or so. Truly truly hideous.

FannyFifer Wed 17-Jul-13 17:55:39

It's totally a distortion, it's not an actual photo.
It works by echoes and sound waves so can look weird depending on position, amount of fluid, prob how much fat between it and baby plus various other things.

Honestly don't worry, every one of these scans look weird with distorted noses etc.

MrsVDB Wed 17-Jul-13 17:58:07

My friend had a scan which showed huge lips and came out normal. I wouldn't worry

TobyLerone Wed 17-Jul-13 17:59:47

3D scan or not, if you're expecting the baby to look like you or DH when it's born, you're probably going to be very disappointed indeed. Babies look like babies. Anyone who reckons they see a family resemblance in a newborn is likely just seeing what they want to see.

As far as 3D scans go, I hate them. DH wants us to have one. I think they're creepy.

happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 18:04:05

Me neither clabs!
I think if my scan had major alien like distortions it would be easier for me to discount it, but as its just big features in human form its getting to me more.
The other thing it reminds me of is a picture from one of those Victorian books of the dead.
Anyway, I feel more reassured now so thanks!

happysorts Wed 17-Jul-13 18:06:35

I'm sure your right Toby!

TheSecondComing Wed 17-Jul-13 18:14:10

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Ficidy Wed 17-Jul-13 18:58:31

Aww, that's a beautiful photo. Seriously. I think your baby looks perfect.

SlimePrincess Wed 17-Jul-13 19:05:12

I remember mine. It was like looking at a swirling mass of offal and then all of a sudden the face of Tony Soprano would appear.
Apparantly the nose thing is quite common. It's something to do with the cartilage taking shape.

foxybingodotcom Wed 17-Jul-13 19:19:49

I equate those weird 3/4D scans with looking in the oven at a cake too early. You're always disappointed cause it's not right, yet it won't be because it's too early iyswim?!

happyyonisleepyyoni Thu 18-Jul-13 08:33:35

Agree with the pp who said it is like looking at something you are not meant to see. We saw DD in 3d at her 20 week scan and it was very strange. The sonographer warned us she would look very skinny and bony and she did. Mind you she is still a little shrimp now at 2.5yrs.

toni1bump Thu 18-Jul-13 13:35:54

The nice sonographer shown me a sneak preview of 4D at my early gender scan and she looked like a bat. It was.weird! and she had her hand up near her head sticking her middle finger up! i wont be having one!! lol x

MrsHY1 Thu 18-Jul-13 15:26:55

Lol this thread has convinced me not to have one! I'm already freaked out by the 12 wk scan where it looked like a goblin grin

Franykins Fri 19-Jul-13 12:12:08

We have decided against a 3D scan, I've never really liked them. However, we paid for a private scan at 17 weeks as I wanted a scan of our twins together (didn't get one at the 12 week scan and I didn't think to ask - just been told it was twins so was in a bit of shock) with out private scan they give you a free 3D trial and one pic. Needless to say 17 weeks is too early for this and I think they do it to entice you to pay for it later on. The pics put me off even more if I'm honest. I love my little wriggle bubbas but I don't' want to see them like that again.

We have our 20 week scan (I am 21 one weeks though) in 2 hours (excited and nervous) but I can't wait to see them on screen and get pics from this scan. I keep looking at the 2D scan pics we have and I love them. I think its because you can tell they are babies and see the head, hands, legs etc, but its not in enough detail to look alien like.

chickabilla Fri 19-Jul-13 12:46:57

I had a 3D scan at 29 weeks with DD because I was worried and wanted to check she was ok. She had massive lips and a big nose but came out with perfect, tiny features. dont worry!

Mamabear12 Fri 19-Jul-13 16:21:11

I loved the 3d scan and plan to get second time around with this baby. Although, some pics did look funny!! Lol she didn't come out looking like the pics. But I liked the bonding experience of 3d scan and was fully prepared baby would look like alien (like I saw on google images for other 3d scans).

susiey Fri 19-Jul-13 20:52:22

You see at a routine scan they switched the machine 3d and having always been freaked out by other people's I loved mine! It was dc4 and the scan looked like all my other babies the family resemblance was uncanny!

HenriettaPye Fri 19-Jul-13 21:06:10

DS looked nothing like his 3d scan- he looked like a mouse in it!!smilesmile

ch1134 Sat 20-Jul-13 11:28:14

Your baby looks beautiful!

Hooya Sat 20-Jul-13 12:16:13

I had one 2 weeks ago and baby looked like he has a giant nose... was starting to worry then spoke to friend who had exactly the same worry!

I think the pics get very easily distorted, we have decided just to ignore from now on and judge him when he comes out instead wink

CrackleMauve Sat 20-Jul-13 16:36:07

My baby looked exactly like Gollum in her 3D scan pics. Thankfully she did not look like Gollum when she was born.

I know what you mean.
all 3d scans look weird to me.
I never had one with my son and im not having this time round either.
even the normal scan for my boy looked strange(like he had a cocktail sausage stuck on his face instead of a nose!)
but he was and is gorgeous.
no need to worry.

lol at the tony soprano comparison slime!

fluffyraggies Sun 21-Jul-13 08:17:47

I lol'd at SlimePrincesss comment too.

This thread has really made me laugh tbh. I think it's such a good thing to hear these 'real life' thoughts and experiences. Looking at the advertising for these scans you are led to believe every pic. will be beautiful. Clearly this is not true.

I've never had a 3D scan - but might have been tempted this time as this will be my last pregnancy. After reading this i don't think i'll bother. We've had enough worry, and worrying about baby being a goblin is one we don't need! grin

So thank you for the thread OP smile and i'm sure your baby will be just beautiful.

georgie22 Sun 21-Jul-13 12:06:51

I've never quite understood why anyone would spend well over £100 on a 3D scan when all those I've ever seen look so freaky. Dh completely vetoed it in our first pregnancy when I would have had all the scans available. This time round I'm not at all bothered - don't know sex of baby and certainly don't want to see it in 3D.
Don't worry OP your baby will be beautiful when it arrives!!

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