What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring proof of prenatal care. This can either be a previous ultrasound picture or a letter from your OB/GYN stating that you are under their care and are able to receive a recreational ultrasound. Bring your friends, family, and anyone else you’d like to share this wonderful moment with, the room is big enough to hold up to 12 people!
How should I prepare for my appointment?
We recommend that you drink a lot of water and stay well hydrated the days prior to your exam, and come with a full bladder. Also, please call your doctor and make sure they’re ok with you doing a recreational ultrasound.
Why do I have to have a full bladder?
Full bladders increase image quality by pushing the baby closer to the surface. Since we use a transabdominal approach, bowel and gas can get in our way and a full bladder can push some of that out of the way. We also like you to have a full bladder in the event that baby is not in an optimal position, using the restroom will sometimes wake baby up and they will move into a better position.
Will you be able to tell me gender?
As long as baby is in a position where we can clearly see gender, we will gladly tell you! However, we do not “guess” at gender before 17 weeks.
We are doing a gender reveal, can you put the gender in an envelope for us?
Absolutely! We will tell you when to close your eyes during the scan, print out the gender shot, and keep it a secret from you!
How big is my baby? How much does my baby weigh?
Unfortunately, we aren’t able to do anything diagnostic, which includes measurements of baby. We can, however, tell you what baby’s heart rate is.
Why do you need my doctor’s name and phone number?
In the unlikely event that our tech sees something abnormal with your baby, we like to inform your doctor so they can order the correct testing. As stated before, we are not a replacement for the diagnostic scans your doctor will order, so we need to make sure you and your baby are under a doctor’s care.
Am I guaranteed to get good images?
We do our very best to get the most optimal images for you to take home with you. In the event that the baby is in a poor position we offer free redo’s for our Lullaby and Keepsake packages, so we will bring you back in and try to get good pictures again! Other than position, some factors will determine picture quality. Low fluid, empty bladders, thick or dense maternal adipose tissue, advancement/placement of placenta, and cloudy amniotic fluid will hinder your images. Our machine is equipped with top-of-the-line software generally gets us beautiful pictures of your baby.