Keep in mind
Good 3D images depend on the machine, the technician, and the pregnant woman to have a memorable 3D ultrasound session. Sometimes the best machine and the best technician can not get a good image if the baby is not in a good position.
If you can not get good pictures, try coming again on a different day or further along in your pregnancy. Your 4D Baby will allow you to come back for free or for a nominal fee to get better images.
Avoid use moisturizer in your belly from 2 days before your ultrasound. Moisture creams form air microbubbles that originate a hazy effect in the ultrasound image.
Baby´s Position and movement !
Ask your doctor about the position of your baby's placenta. If it's at the front of your womb, known as an anterior placenta, it's best to get an ultrasound done around 28 weeks.
Even with proper planning, your baby may be turned away from the camera at the time of the ultrasound. Even if you do not get an image of your baby's face, you'll still have some 3D images of your child prior to birth.
The next is the best useful tip for a memorable 3D ultrasound session: Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water that contain 8 ounces each day in the weeks leading up to the ultrasound.
As your appointment gets closer, make an effort to drink more water than normal. Carry a water bottle with you to work or around the house. Have a glass of water nearby at all times.
If you're not a big water drinker, consider trying flavored water or adding slices of fruit or veggies to a glass of water to make it tastier or try natural coconut water.
Bananas, dates, cherries, figs, and pomegranates tend to have high sugar content. Try eating some of these fruits just before your ultrasound.
Fruits like berries, watermelon, and cantaloupe have a somewhat low sugar content. While they won't hurt to eat before an ultrasound, they may not have as big an impact on the results. Very probably with just eat any sweet or savoury snack the baby will move. Having any food produce a so-called gastro-colic reflex (move your intestines producing a sound and vibrations that could wake the baby.)
Don’t eat or drink sugary foods beforehand as this can make the baby hyperactive. If this is necessary, we will perform various techniques and provide something to get baby moving. Remember, it is always better to start 4D Scans in earlier stages where optimal images are easier to achieve. Follow up scans later in 4D will display remarkable changes in development. Success rate is still high even at later stages but baby is limited in the range of movement and technical limitations can apply.
Wear proper clothing.
Talk to your doctor before the appointment about how to dress. You may want to wear clothing that fits loosely around the abdomen like a prenatal trouser. This can make the exam easier for you and your doctor, increasing the likelihood of your doctor finding good images.
Take a break and stretch.
You may find, during the appointment, you are not getting the best images of the baby. If this is the case, ask your doctor if you can take a break. Walking around and stretches may stir your baby, causing him or her to shift positions. You may get a better look of your baby's face after walking around for a bit.
If you cannot wake your baby up, try not to be too disappointed. While it can be a let down to not get photos of your baby smiling and moving, sleeping pictures can also provide you a good look at your infant.
Relax and stay comfortable.
Bring your partner or trusted friend with you. Choose someone who's good at keeping you calm, especially during times of stress.
Try engaging in deep, calming breaths if you feel yourself getting tense. It can help to focus on the rhythm of your breathing to try and stay calm.
If you're uncomfortable, ask the technician or doctor if you can shift slightly. You'll be more calm if you're in a position where you feel at ease.
Familiarize yourself with the setbacks.
The American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends against 3D ultrasounds. Such procedures are not medically necessary. There are currently no known risks, but the technology is fairly new and risks could be discovered in the future.
A 3D ultrasound is meant only to obtain a picture of the baby. Therefore, those conducting exams may miss abnormalities. Conversely, a minor issue with the baby may be misdiagnosed as a major abnormality. This can cause unnecessary stress during a pregnancy.
The questions listed below are the most frequently asked questions about our ultrasound packages. Please review and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Q: What happens at a 3D/4D ultrasound session?
Your 4D Baby scanning sessions are half an hour, please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment to fill in a consent form. Please wear comfortable clothes, preferably a top and trousers. Family and friends welcome to share this exciting time with you! You lie down on a table, lower the trousers slightly and lift up your top exposing your preggy belly. Paper towel is added to ensure your clothes aren't too sticky when you leave. A really warm water-based gel is spread over the abdomen, we will pretend it is very good for the skin, good moisturising cream. There is a flat screen on the wall for everyone to view, don't forget the popcorn and slush puppy!
Then the scanning begins…
We take measurements of baby, tell you how much baby is weighing (if you choose the package), listen to the heart beating and give you a heart rate. If you dislike surprises, we can determine or confirm the gender.
If you would like to keep the gender a surprise, please inform us, so that we don't spoil it for you.
JPEG and video clips images are stored onto a CD,DVD or USB flash drive so that you can email, download or even brag at work. It takes a few minutes for the discs to finalize, and then they are yours.
Q: Is 4D ultrasound Scanning safe?
Since its introduction 40 years ago there has been no evidence to suggest that Ultrasound scanning presents any risk to the mother and baby. 4D scans use sound waves above the range of normal human hearing, not harmful at all! 4D & 4D HDlive ultrasound will be similar to a conventional scan in terms of exposure.
Q: What is the difference between 2D/3D and 4D ultrasound scan?
A 2D ultrasound is the most commonly used method which provides a flat, two-dimensional image of your baby.
A 3D ultrasound is a more advanced method as it shows a three-dimensional image of your baby.
Therefore, a 4D ultrasound is a three-dimensional image with the added dimension of time; so you see a live, moving image of your baby.
Q: Who will perform my 3D/4D ultrasound?
A Sonographer with extensive Obstetric experience will carry out your 4D scan.
Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?
You do not require a referral from your doctor for our 4D baby scans.
Q: How much time should I allow for the 4D ultrasound?
You should arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment for your 4D ultrasound scan to fill out registration forms etc.
The appointment length is 20 to 30 minutes depending on which package you choose. This is to allow for scanning and preparation of DVD and CD. Usually the scanning time will range from 10-30 minutes to allow for a 5, 10 or 15 minute recording. As your baby may not be in an ideal position on arrival the length of appointment will allow time for the baby to change position. You will also have time to move or walk around in order to get the best views of the baby.
Q: When is the best time to have a 4D ultrasound?
For optimal 4D scan images the best time to arrange a visit is between 24 and 35 weeks. Many mothers obtain more than one 4D ultrasound and have images to enjoy from their second and third trimesters.
Q: Do we scan everyone?
Our 4D ultrasound services are intended for low risk pregnancies. If you have a history of lower abdominal pain or bleeding you should consult your doctor or nearest emergency facility.
Q: When is the best time to carry out the 4D ultrasound on twins?
Women with twins wishing to attend for a 4D baby scan should visit at around 25 weeks, as twins have less space. Please note with the 4D scanning it is usually not possible to see both babies in the same image area.
Q: What determines the quality of my 4D ultrasound?
The quality of your 3D scan images and 4D scan movie is determined by the baby's position, amount of amniotic fluid around the baby (the more the better) and the amount of tissue (skin, fat and muscle) between the probe and the baby.
The most important factor in 4D baby scanning is the baby’s position. If the baby is lying in a difficult position a satisfactory 4D ultrasound scan may be difficult.
Q: How many guest can I bring?
We are able to accommodate up to 5 members of your family and friends when you attend your 4D baby scan appointment. We would ask that small children and babies be accompanied by at least one adult otherwise you may lose valuable scanning time.
Q: Do I need to have a full bladder?
It is not necessary to have a full bladder when you attend your 4D scanning appointment unless you are in the very early stages of your pregnancy.
Q: What package do you have available and what is the cost?
Please visit our Packages page for details of available packages and costs.
Q: How do I pay?
Payment for 4D baby scans can be made by cash or credit/debit cards. Checks are not accepted
Q: Should I still attend my Doctor or Hospital scans?
Yes. Our 4D ultrasound scans should be regarded as additional scans and are not part of your routine antenatal care. It is important that you attend all your hospital appointments.
Q: Can an 3D/4D ultrasound detect everything?
Ultrasound does have its limitations.
Q: How llong before I get my images?
All your photos and videos will be available to take away on the day.