When is the best time to have the 3D Ultrasound?
The BEST time to do the 3D sonogram is after 28 weeks, although this
depends on the individual and fetal position.
When can you determine the sex of my baby?
The sex of your baby can be determined at 20 weeks gestation.
What if you are unable to determine the sex of my baby?
If we are unable to determine the sex of your baby at 20 weeks or after,
you will be able to reschedule to come in at a later date, free of charge.
When should I schedule my appointment?
The best time to call for an appointment is 2-3 weeks
before you wish to come in.
Who will perform the sonogram?
Your sonogram will be done by a certified ultrasound tech, certified by
the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Will my doctor receive a report?
This ultrasound is not a diagnostic scan, so your physician will not receive a report. However, if the tech performing the scan detects any abnormalities, your physician will be notified. This is one of the reasons that we need written permission from your physician.
Can I bring my friends and family to my appointment?
You can bring friends and family members but due to limited space, we ask that you bring no more than 2-3 people.
What is the difference between 3D and 4D?
4D is 3D plus time, meaning that you will see your baby actually moving in 4D.
Do I need a full bladder for this sonogram?
If you come in before 22 weeks, you will need a full bladder. If you are 22 weeks or over, you will not need a full bladder.
Will my insurance pay for this sonogram?
Insurance does NOT cover the cost of this sonogram.
Will my pictures look as good as my friends and other pictures that I have seen?
Every effort is made by our Registered Ultrasound Tech’s to get the best picture that we can of your child.
However, there are some factors beyond our control such as:
Fetal Position- At times the baby’s feet and/or hands may be in front of the face. Other times, the face might be towards the wall of the uterus or hidden behind the placenta. It MAY help to drink about 20 ounces of juice or regular soda (with sugar) to make the baby active. If, in previous scans, your baby was laying low in the pelvis, there is a chance it will be in the same position for your 3D-4D scan. If this is the case the pictures may be very difficult to obtain.
Gestational Age- The further along in your pregnancy, the bigger the baby gets. The head may already be engaged in the pelvis, which makes it difficult to get images of your baby’s face.
Amniotic Fluid - In order to get good 3D images, it is essential that there is a sufficient amount of amniotic fluid in front of the baby’s face. If there is no fluid in front of the face, or if the baby is lying next to the wall of the uterus, it makes 3D imaging very difficult. Keeping yourself hydrated during your pregnancy will help to ensure you have a sufficient amount of fluid and also promote good health for you and your baby!