If you are coming for a gender scan it is REALLY important that you have a full bladder. This helps to lift baby up out of your pelvis to get the best pictures possible. Without a full bladder, gender confirmation may not be possible.
Try to find half an hour a day to relax gently stroke and massage your bump get dad to join in, pop on some soothing music.
On day of 4D scan have a meal around 2hrs before you arrive with us. 10-20 mins before your 4D scan have something sweet to eat / drink, this will hopefully help to get baby moving.
Please arrive 15 mins early and have a walk around just to try and get baby to wake up. Please bring along your hospital notes. Please note due to new health & safety regs we can only allow upto 5 guests in scan room, not including your children. Any problems please give us a ring 0115 8776945.
No. Despite extensive studies over the last 30 years ultrasound has not been shown to cause any harm to mother or baby.
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Fetal position plays a large part and we do all we can to encourage baby to turn our way for the best pictures. To encourage babies activities we suggest a little fresh orange juice or lemonade just before your appointment, but no caffeine or a heavy meal.
If for any reason we are unable to do your scan at your appointment time we encourage you to take a stroll around before trying again, if that doesn't work we will rearrange your appointment and try again.
- 2D ultrasound gives imaging in 2 dimensions and is used in diagnostic examinations.
- 3D ultrasound gives images in 3-dimensions, still pictures.
- 4D ultrasound gives imaging in the fourth dimension, giving us real-time movement of your baby in the womb.
At all times we endeavour to say abreast of all safety studies and reports reviewed by the "British Medical Ultrasound Society".
We strongly advise that you have attended your hospital anomaly scan before your visit to us.
Please feel free to ask advise from your own Dr or Midwife about visiting us.
The earliest you can have a gender scan is 16 weeks exactly. Before this time (even 15 weeks and 6 days) sexing baby is unreliable and we always aim to provide you the right answer! Why does 24 hours make such a difference? Good question. Baby actually grows the fastest between weeks 15-16 so every day makes a huge difference. Just think, at this stage we are looking for girl/boy bits that are smaller than your little finger nail!
At 28-32 weeks your baby has a chubby face and for pics of facial characteristics this would be the best time. Please be aware that if you wait too late for your 4D scan baby might be too big and there may not be enough fluid in front of baby's face to get great images.
Assistance Dogs are very welcome. Please give us a ring to arrange the best time to welcome your family to our studio. 01158776945.
At our Sheffield studio you may bring up to 8 guests plus mum.
You will show you your baby's heart beating and at this point we can look for babys sex. This is done from 3 angles and we will explain fully why we think it's a boy or girl. If you do not want to discover the sex of your baby we simply won't look.
Next we will position the baby ready for 4D. 4D is dependent on the position your baby is in, either profile or full face, and the amount of fluid in front of the face - the more fluid the better the scan images are.
You will see baby’s movements and facial expressions. It is difficult to say whether baby is awake or sleeping as they move all the time and its rare to see their eyes open, occasionally we may see them blink.If baby is laying face down or is tucked behind your placenta it will be hard to get good images and if this is the case we will ask you to change position or even take a walk, eat more chocolate and have a drink to hopefully encourage babies movement.
If your baby's position is good, a box will appear around your baby's face, lay back and relax for the most breath taking and precious time as we... celebrate your miracle of life.
4D ultrasound depends on the position of baby and the amount of fluid around babies face.
Sometimes baby is lying in such a position that it is impossible to obtain any imaging, if this is the case we will automatically rebook you for a rescan.
We try really hard to obtain the best possible imaging but if your baby is snuggled in and wont move we will not be able to get you any pictures.
Our FREE RESCAN is offered on the understanding that you acknowledge that we are unable to guarantee babies position will be good for 4D.
Free rescans do not have any monitory value and cannot be passed on or sold to a 3rd party.