Usually yes – but not always. Sometimes if the baby is looking face down toward your spine or up against the placenta, it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. If this happens and we are unable to obtain images in the recommended scan time, a rescheduled scan will be recommended, at no charge. The baby likely will have turned to a more favorable position. (Please be cautious of other facilities that scan beyond the recommended AIUM scan/exposure times in order to obtain your images). We cannot promise that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our office, but we make every effort to exceed everyone’s expectations. Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, the amount of fluid and mother’s body type. To increase successful results it is recommended to be well hydrated, so drink a lot of water a least 3 days before your appointment. On the way to your appointment, drinking orange juice will “wake up” your baby!
For our Fuller-Figured Mommy’s – please book a 30 minute appointment
If you are more “full figured”, it is more difficult for our ultrasound tech to get a clear picture of your baby. This is because of the way ultrasound scans work. A scan sends high-frequency sound waves through your womb. These bounce off your baby and the echoes are turned into an image on a screen.
If you have more body tissue for the waves to travel through, your baby is further away from the probe — the device that’s rolled over your tummy to pick up the sound waves. This makes the images less clear. Tissue also absorbs the sound waves, so the more there is around your abdomen, the less likely it is that the details will be clear.
We suggest that if you are more voluptuous, you should book at least a 30-minute appointment (Sneak Peek), to allow for more time for our tech to get quality pictures of your baby. However, we can not guarantee quality photos each time. We thank you for understanding.