I'm in central Illinois and they are VERY common here. There are even business set up to do these (not doctor office). They do different packages 10, 20, or 30 minute ultrasounds. It seems a bit invasive to me. I wouldn't do it, but that is my HO.
Yeah, there are businesses set up to do them here, too.<br><br>
I would not have one, in large part because of the FDA caution. I kinda figure that by the time the FDA gets around to saying something might be a problem it not only is a problem, but likely of a greater scope that we can imagine. Just my .02.
I had a brief 3-D at my doctor's with my nuchal fold scan just to see a different view, etc, but it lasted about three minutes and was very fast. I would never go to one of those keepsake places- that sort of freaks me out. It is really different than regular ultrasound and it feels sort of odd- like I could feel little pulses being sent into my stomach. I wasn't overly comfortable with the process, which was why it was so short.
I had two done with my son... and I LOVED it. I'm actually having two done with this baby... one in about a week or so. We normally try to get our first one done at 16 weeks... and then another at about 32 weeks... If you want pictures of them let me know I can post them... They are wonderful!!!
We went to Mexico last time to get a u/s since we were unassisted. They tried to do a 4D on us, but the baby was too large and squashed at 30 weeks to get a good look. If you want to do it, I would do it a bit earlier.
i think the pics are kindof freaky, lol.... my personal opinion is that i dont want to know what my baby looks like before he/she is born, so i wont be having one of those, even though there are places that do them