Midwife and Life – How to Prepare for a 4D Ultrasound Scan

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A 4D ultrasound scan can be one of the happiest moments of your pregnancy. Seeing a detailed picture of your unborn baby’s face will bring you closer to them, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch your little one smiling and waving hello!

Unfortunately, some babies are more cooperative than others. The quality of your scanned images will depend on your baby’s position in the womb, and if they feel camera shy, it may be impossible to get a good look at them.

Our policy here at First Encounters Ultrasound is to offer a complimentary rescan in the rare instances when our sonographers are unable to obtain a satisfactory image. However, if you want to make sure you have a truly memorable 4D scanning experience the first time of asking, there are a few things you can do before your appointment to stack the odds in your favor.

Here’s our guide to preparing for a 4D scan:

Should I drink a lot of water before a 4D ultrasound?

Yes, we recommend that you drink plenty of water in the week before your scan. This will help to ensure that there is enough amniotic fluid available for clear imaging.

It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water on the day of your scan. If your baby is in a head-down position, your full bladder will help lift his head up and out of your pelvic area, giving you a better view of his face.

What is the best thing to eat before the 4D scan?

The foods you eat right before your 4D scan will help wake your baby up and get them moving for you. We recommend having a sweet fizzy drink or chocolate bar 20 minutes before your appointment.

Another popular choice is ice chips. Some people like to chew on ice cubes before or during the scan to get the baby awake and moving.

How can I get the clearest possible 4D ultrasound scan?

Aside from your food and drink consumption, it’s also important to try to relax as much as possible. Your baby will feel any tension and may not want to move much.

It is also a good idea to move around yourself. For example, if you’ve driven a long way to the clinic and have been sitting for a long time, try walking around the car park or waiting room a bit before your scan.

If our sonographer can’t get a decent picture of your baby’s face right away, they’ll suggest you walk around before trying again. This often does the trick, eliminating the need for a second visit.

What should I wear to my 4D scan?

There are no specific rules for what to wear to an ultrasound scan, but it’s best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting two-piece clothing on the day of your appointment. This will make it easier for the sonographer to access your lump and perform the scan.

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