The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we honor the hardest workers on the planet.  Some things will never change.  But pregnancy sure has!   The advent of 3 and 4 D ultrasound allows today’s moms to know more about their pre-born babies than any generation in the history of well…the world.

Here are five of the things today’s baby-birthin’ mamas know that their mothers couldn’t fathom.

1) The Gender Specifics

It's a boy!

It’s a boy!

It's a girl!

It’s a girl!

Most of our mothers had to wait until deliver day to find out if we were an Oliver or Olivia.

3-D ultrasound technology makes it much easier for mom’s and dad’s to see for themselves whether they have conceived a boy or girl-child.  No fuzzy images here.  Now we can have gender reveal parties, boy or girl themed showers and nurseries ready and waiting.

2) The Appearance of Awesomeness

Our moms could only imagine whether baby would sport grandma’s nose or daddy’s lips.  Now we can distinguish a cleft in the chin, dimples, hair and more.

This baby has remarkable dimples...just waiting to be kissed.

This baby has remarkable dimples…just waiting to be kissed.

The waves in this image is how ultrasound technology reveals a full head of hair!

The waves in this image is how ultrasound technology reveals a full head of hair!

Check out this nearly identical before and after shot.

Check out this nearly identical before and after shot.

3) Personality Test

Our ancestors could only guess at the personalities beneath their bellies.  Now mamas-to-be witness their little ones as they smile, grimace, cry and even yawn.

Some babies are more active and awake...some seem more relaxed.

Some babies are more active and awake…some seem more relaxed.

This 34 week old baby girl is all smiles!

This 34 week old baby girl is all smiles!

The furrowed brow on this wee one says "I have a lot on my mind!"

The furrowed brow on this wee one says “I have a lot on my mind!”


4) My Personal Preference

Our mothers never knew that we were making decisions as early as our first trimester. Babies taste what mom had for breakfast…and react to their environment.  Moms who have multiple ultrasounds may start to notice babies mannerisms. Maybe they always suck the same toe, or put their right hand over their forehead.  Pay attention, you will likely see a repeat performance when baby is born.

This babe apparently likes the left thumb with four fingers straight up!

This babe apparently likes the left thumb with four fingers straight up!

May have just tasted some amniotic fluid spice with enchilada sauce from dinner.

May have just tasted some amniotic fluid spice with enchilada sauce from dinner.

5) Position Statement

When our mother’s were pregnant, doctors or midwives had to poke and prod to figure out…err, which end was up.  Some were pretty skilled guessers, but ultrasound offers assurance that baby is in the right position for birth.  It also reveals placenta placement, which is crucial for a safe delivery.  

The perfect fetal position.  Tucked in with a little more room to grow.

The perfect fetal position. Tucked in with a little more room to grow.

Its cramped in there!  This 40 week old baby is days from delivery.  The umbilical cord over the foot and under the chin.

Its cramped in there! This 40 week old baby is days from delivery. The umbilical cord over the foot and under the chin.

All  images captured at Prenatal Imaging in Kansas City.

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