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1. CHOOSE YOUR FACILITY
When choosing an elective facility, it's important to ask what type of education and training the technicians receive. At ShoMe Prenatal Imaging, we employ Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and ARDMS-eligible technicians. Our sonographers have graduated from an accredited program in all 4 modalities of medical ultrasound. This allows us to provide you with both peace of mind and reliable imaging.
2. CHOOSE THE BEST TIME
Depending on what experience you are wanting, times will vary.
Gender can be more accurately determined after 16weeks.
Most 3D/4D ultrasounds are performed between 24 and 32 weeks. Prior to 24 weeks, babies have not started putting on brown fat so they will not have the "Gerber Baby" look.
Between 24-27 weeks, facial features are becoming more defined. This is considered an ideal time for our "mommies with multiples" to schedule their 3D/4D ultrasound.
*If you are only scheduling one elective 3D and 4D ultrasound, around 28-30 weeks is the best time. The baby has had time to build up body fat, but still has plenty of room to move.
Between 30-32 weeks is also a great time. Your baby now has those sweet chubby cheeks that we all love. Baby is getting larger and starting to drop.
After 34 weeks, space is becoming limited and getting the desired facial pictures becomes more challenging.
3. Prepare for your scan
Drink plenty of water (atleast 8-10 glasses pr day) especially 3 -4 days prior to your ultrasound. Proper hydration can significantly increase the clarity of your images.
Eat something light (sandwich, salad, pasta,etc.) about 30 minutes to an hour before your ultrasound appointment.
Also, scheduling your 3D/4D ultrasound session when baby is most active allows the oportunity for more poses.
Wear loose clothing. You will need to have your pants slightly below your hips during the ultrasound. Choose an outfit that you will be comfortable in that position.
4. Know that some factors are beyond our control.
Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and mother's condition.
Amount of amniotic fluid: Sound waves travel through fluid to create the images. The more fluid around your baby, the clearer the images will be. It's always good to drink plenty of water during your pregnancy, however, try to drink a little extra starting a few days before your 3D/4D ultrasound session.
Location of placenta: The placenta can be on the front of the uterus, the back or the side. When the placenta is on the front, it can block the baby's face, because the sound waves pick up the placenta as the same type of tissue as your baby.
Maternal body tissue: If the mother is full figured, the sound waves have more tissue to travel through which causes grainier looking photos. If this is the case with you, it's best to wait until around 32 weeks for your 3D/4D ultrasound because the tissue will be stretched out as your baby grows.
5. Most importantly RELAX and enjoy this special time for you and your family.
** IMPORTANT PLEASE READ**
It's that time of year, Flu Season! If you are trying to decide, should I get a flu shot while pregnant? The answer is YES. We have been asked by several our referring OB/GYN Physicians to spread the word on the importance of the flu vaccine during pregnancy. We want all of our ShoMe Mommies and their friends and families to be safe and healthy! Please read the informative article below and discuss with your doctor.
How to prevent the Flu:
Having a 3D ultrasound is one of the most exciting moments of your pregnancy journey. At ShoMe Prenatal Imaging, we are committed to providing you the most remarkable and detailed images of your baby throughout your pregnancy. There are many factors that can effect picture quality, many of these are outside of our control. We have to remember our little one's are still in the womb. To help put your mind at ease, we have listed some important facts to consider before scheduling your 3D/4D ultrasound and some helpful tips to get the best prenatal images possible.
ShoMe Prenatal Imaging
551 Creighton Road, Suite E101 Pensacola, FL 32504 US
Phone: 850-619-9280 Website: www.shomeprenatalimaging.com