How to prepare for my 3D Ultrasound Appointment at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique
We often get questions from expecting moms prior to their elective ultrasound service at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique. “What can I do prior to my ultrasound?” Should I drink something just before my 3D Ultrasound service? Do I need to eat so baby will move?”. We get so many questions regarding the preparations for your 3D Ultrasound service. Here are a few answers to how you can prepare for the BEST 3D Ultrasound and what should be done before your appointment at Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique.
Here are a few tips on preparing for the BEST 3D ultrasound image quality and appointment experience:
Drink, Drink, Drink….WATER!
- DRINK WATER!! We ask our moms to double up on their water intake the entire week before an ultrasound. A good rule of thumb is to at least drink half of your body weight in water. An example of this would be, if you weight 150 pound, drink AT LEAST 75 ounces of water. To obtain the BEST 3D/4D ultrasound images are much clearer with fluid surrounding baby. More fluid means better quality 3D ultrasound images. Having a good amount of amniotic fluid in front of your baby’s face will help increase our odds of getting those beautiful 3D, 4D, 5D Ultrasound images that Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique is known for!
**It usually takes 2-4 days for fluid to reach the amniotic sac from drinking, which is why we ask that you increase your water intake the ENTIRE week before. Last minute water binging doesn’t help. Increasing your water intake helps increase your chances of having the best ultrasound experience.
Unless you are coming in for a 1st trimester ultrasound, this does not mean a full bladder
Read more about how much water to intake during pregnancy
Eat approximately 20 minutes prior
2. Eating and drinking approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment may make the difference if your baby is asleep during the entire session or if we see baby in action.
The choices in what you eat and drink as well as amounts can also affect your ultrasound experience. Please be mindful of the choices of what you drink and eat, as well as quantities. While, yes, sugar can help with baby moving around, if too much sugar or too many carbs are eaten prior to your service, baby can be in a “carb coma” and want to nap.
We suggest eating something sensible that has a balanced amount of sugar/carbs and also drinking something prior to your service. Caffeine will generally provide a boost for the baby’s motion as well, however, we suggest staying away from carbonated drinks like soda due to the gases it can release in the stomach and GI track. These gases sometimes make it more difficult for us to get a clear 3D/4D/5D Ultrasound image of baby. Ultrasound does not penetrate well through gas.
Your baby, just like you will have a reaction to the different foods and drinks you put into your body. Whether those foods are carb heavy or balance in nature. Think about the way you feel after you’ve eaten or drank whatever food or drink you are thinking of consuming just prior to your appointment. It’s likely your baby will have the same reaction. So if you are going to eat donuts prior to your ultrasound service at Peeping Moms and you know that they make you tired 30 minutes after consuming them, it’s likely that it will have the same affect on your baby as well.
What if that didn’t work?
Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique strives to provide our expecting moms with the BEST 3D ultrasound services and experience. If after you have eaten and drank something and baby is not moving as much or being uncooperative, we do try several techniques in the clinic. More times than not we are able to get baby to move into a more optimal position for viewing and beautiful 3D, 4D & 5D Ultrasound images you came to Peeping Moms Ultrasound Boutique for. If we have a hard time getting back to cooperate, then we bring you back in for a FREE repeat scan.
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