3D Ultrasound Preparation
Are you curious about what your future baby looks like? Every parent wants to get a closer look at their baby during the pregnancy. A 3D ultrasound from a certified 3D Ultrasound tech can provide a great look inside the womb in a more exciting and detailed manner than a traditional ultrasound.
And the results are always phenomenal!
Getting the perfect 3D ultrasound can sometimes be a gamble. The position of the umbilical cord, the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, and the baby itself present two obstacles that can obscure a clear shot of your baby’s face and I am very sure that you want to see what his nose looks like. (See our previous post about how a 3D ultrasound photo of your baby covering his face can be a window into their personality.)
Although the risk of getting an obscured shot from your 3D ultrasound appears daunting, this risk can be easily achieved and reduced by taking certain precautions before your 3D ultrasound.
Drinking Water Prior To Your 3D Ultrasound
About one to two weeks before your 3D ultrasound appointment, make sure you drink more than enough water than what you may already drink. I know there are some women who don’t enjoy drinking water as often as they normally should, but ensuring that plenty of water has been consumed will help clear up any amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
It’s recommended that drinking about eight glasses that hold at least eight ounces of water daily will give you the best results. You want to have as much water in your system up to the day of your appointment for your 3D ultrasound. Take note of this step as staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do during your pregnancy. Unlike cramming the night before an exam can work, drinking an abundant amount of water the night before will do very little in ensuring that you get the best 3D ultrasound picture of your little one.
Wait For The Right Time For A 3D Ultrasound
“How many weeks should I be in during my pregnancy to come in for a great 3D Ultrasound?”
We get asked this question almost daily. The correct answer can depend on a certain number of factors. Be sure to be well aware of dates and whether you are having one child or perhaps twins.
When the mother is expecting just one child, the best time to get a 3D ultrasound is between 24 and 30 weeks of the pregnancy. At this stage, the child should be developed enough to enable the technician to have a good look of them inside the womb. If you are coming into your appointment hoping to get the best face shot then you may want to wait between the 28th and 32nd week of the pregnancy.
Any date beyond the 32nd week leads to not so great 3D ultrasound pictures as their will be less fluid surrounding the baby. And of course, any time beyond then, the baby may have shifted and descended into the mother’s pelvic region making a clear shot almost impossible.
And in the case that you are expecting twins, the best time to set up your appointment will be between the 22nd and 28th week of the pregnancy.
Eat Natural Sugary Fruit Right Before Your 3D Ultrasound
Our last tip to get your baby moving for the best 3D ultrasound picture is to consume fruit that is naturally high in sugar content about an hour before your appointment. It’s a strong possibility that your baby could be sleeping if you haven’t been keeping track of their sleeping patterns. Natural fructose found in organic fruit can wake your baby up and get them moving when it’s show time.
Some fruits to consider would be bananas, dates, grapes, pomegranates, cherries, and figs. Apples and oranges would be a good choice to, but we have found the aforementioned fruits as being the most effective. Conversely, all berries, including strawberries and cranberries have the lowest amount of sugar content, as well as, watermelon and cantaloupe.
From our experience, we have found the tips mentioned in our article to be the most beneficial to most mothers that are expecting great pictures and stills from their baby. Although, even seeing them in their natural state like sleeping is just as precious as any other picture our certified techs can get. It’s really up to you, the parent, to decide how you want to approach your bundle of joy.
During your appointment, if you tried everything and you aren’t getting a great look, feel free to pause and take a break to stretch and walk around the room. This is your time and you shouldn’t feel pressured. Have a cold water on hand and most importantly, be comfortable!
Disclaimer: Any advice given within this article shall not be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice/counsel. If you have any specific or serious health condition such as, but not limited to: diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies, etc, please consult a licensed practicing medical doctor.