Posted on June 28th, 2017 by
fetal feet, ultrasound photos, ultrasound images, 3rd Trimester

3rd Trimester Feet!


Okay, so what do all you moms-to-be out there do before Baby gets here? Show off your great ultrasound photos, right?!

Well, I’d love to see them, too. Email me those shots near and dear to your heart to, and show off your little punkin’ to the world at the same time. Baby’s face, profile, 2D, 3D, hands, feet, or even your 4D video clips would all be perfect to post. And if you also have great shots of male or female fetal sex, send those, too!

I’ve personally taken some really great pics over the yawning, sticking out the tongue, puckering those lips..even flipping the bird! Who doesn’t love a cute set of baby toes? How about a ton of hair? If you got it, flaunt it! We moms like to brag on our cute kids, so it may as well start before they even get here.

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Can’t wait to see them!

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Posted on December 11th, 2015 by

Often times my patients express some disappointment with prior ultrasounds because “baby wasn’t looking at the camera”. This isn’t something “baby does”. We have to intentionally obtain the front view of the face in order see it that way. But why? This is NOT your baby’s best side! I always tell them that seeing the face from the front mostly yields a skeletal appearance..eye sockets and triangular nasal bones..very jack-o-lanternesque. It’s a face only a mother could love!

The shot of the face I always strive for is the profile or side view. In this plane we can see the soft features of the face like the nose and lips that look more like a baby.

Since amniotic fluid is ultrasound’s best friend (and mine), we need a nice pocket of fluid in front of baby’s face to see it well. If baby is facing your back or has it smushed into the placenta, fahgetabouttit!! It will be a “no paparazzi” day for you which means you’ll likely get some precious images of hands and feet only to take home {“Oh, just look at that cute big toe!”}. Let me just say I love some baby image AND to chew! But patients feel a bit let-down when the little diva doesn’t cooperate.

So, if you’ve ever been shown a profile on ultrasound and thought you had no idea what you were seeing, check out the images below for a detailed annotation of two great ones! Both of these babies were just over 20wks.


fetal profile at 20wks

fetal profile at 20wks

In the image above, a little more fluid (the black stuff) in front of the face would have been helpful, as you can see the tip of the nose and forehead just barely touch the uterine wall and placenta in front of it. However, it’s still a great shot!


fetal profile at 20wks

fetal profile at 20wks

How about this one?! PERFECT! This is an absolutely beautiful textbook image of a fetal profile. Can you appreciate how there is more fluid in front of this baby’s face?


If only ALL the babies I scanned looked like this.. SIGH. Such is life. All issues are relative. I suppose if every fetus was as cooperative as the one above, I’d never get any real work done! Mama would sure be happy, though, with a string of pics a mile long;)


Ho, ho, ho!! That day is drawing closer and closer so keep a look out for the first installation of holiday baby reveal ideas in my 12 Days of Baby’s First Christmas posts! We’ll start the count-down on December 12 where I’ll share some creative ways my patients have shared new baby news with their families. Maybe you’ll fall in love with one that’s perfect for you!

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Posted on January 2nd, 2015 by


I’d like to (again) thank all my readers, old and new, and hope you all find what you came to my site seeking in 2014 and in this new year, as well. I hope all your holidays were joyous and that your post-Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!) scale didn’t demonstrate a “Please quit hitting the figgie pudding” alert.

Let’s hit the ground running with an answer to emails! Some I’ve received as of late include questions regarding what patients can or cannot see in an image given to them by their provider. I have been answering essentially the same way so I will address the subject in this post about how ultrasound works.

I have posted information at the start of this blog about the technology of ultrasound and how it works.  If you go to my first several posts, you’ll read on this subject to varying degrees.  First and foremost, ultrasound creates a two-dimensional image which is what you see in black and white images. However, when we look at any object, we are able to visualize three-dimensionally which allows us to perceive depth. When we look at an image on an ultrasound monitor, there is no depth. Example: Imagine looking at a tree. Its trunk is long and skinny, right? Now imagine cutting the tree down with an electric saw. When you look down at the stump, it’s round. All you can see is that one surface of the tree in that view. If you were to then cut 2mm slices of that tree trunk all the way down to the roots and you looked at every slice, this is essentially what we are doing when we look through your uterus when we move the probe up and down.

Now, if I look at the middle of your uterus and keep my probe still and take an image, I am obtaining one view of your uterus and that’s all. In that one plane, I can only see exactly where my probe sits. I have to physically move my probe all the way up and down to see to the top and bottom of your uterus and then from side to side to see all the way through your uterus to the right and left.  As we move through the organ we are scanning, we form a mental 3D picture of what is going on in the uterus. This means if we take a picture of your baby’s profile and the hand is resting near the ear, the hand will not be in the picture (and neither will the ear!). A profile can be defined as a side-view of baby’s face right down the middle, right? So all we would see is the outline of the forehead, bridge and tip of the nose and outline of the lips and chin. Now if Baby had his hand resting on his forehead, we would see it in that view. Make sense?? I hope so! See the image below of a great profile.

2D fetal ultrasound image Side view of Baby’s face

The utilization of 3D software has allowed us to capture the perception of depth. This technology aids us in more than just cute pics of the fetal face. A good example is how it helps us to see an IUD (hey, an idea for another post!). 3D allows us to take a sweep of several views at once when looking at Baby’s profile, for example, and put them all together to form a box of information which enables us to move through the information by turning a few buttons to see the front of Baby’s face all at once!  Below is the same baby as you see above in 2D. Where the face is cut off by black is where the box of information stops.

3D fetal ultrasound image

Front view of Baby’s face.

In conclusion, 2D imaging allows us to see in two planes only at one time..either top to bottom OR side to side but not both at the same time. This is why we can’t see everything in your uterus all at once! Now, hopefully, you understand a little better why we move the “camera” all over your belly. It also explains why we sometimes roll you onto your side or stand you on your head to get the angle we need!

I hope 2015 finds all of you with uneventful pregnancies and happy, healthy babies who sleep through the night! Many blessings to you all and I hope you keep coming back to my site to have all your ultrasound questions answered!

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