Why Preparation For Your Elective Gender, Reassurance, 3D/4D Or 5D Live Scan Is So Important?

Now that you have made the decision that you are going to have an additional ultrasound to see or check up on baby or just spend time watching baby and getting photos and videos it is very important to do everything you can to make the scan successful.

The centre you choose will make sure that they have the best and most experienced operator available to do the scan for you. They will have the most up to date technology available to make sure your images are of the highest quality and they will ensure that the viewing room can seat comfortably all those that have been invited to come and watch.

They will have thought about what to do with little children that may get bored during the scan and will have a playroom or at least toys on hand to keep them entertained whilst the grownups are occupied.

Of course, the centre’s reputation is on the line every time they scan and as experienced as their machine operator made be and as new as the machine incorporating the latest technology maybe, it may still not be enough to get the images or the outcome that you are looking for.

Seeing your baby for the first time or finding out the gender of your little one is such a special moment for any parent that is why It is so important to prepare yourself and your family so none is left feeling disappointed.

The centre will be trying its very best to make sure your scan is a great success but sometimes, baby does not cooperate. It can be facing the wrong way, have arms and legs in front of the face, have it’s legs crossed or have the cord floating around in front of the face blocking the view. So here are some small things you can easily do to dramatically increase the chances of your scan being successful.


Ten Things You Can Do to Prepare for Your Gender, Reassurance or 3D/4D or 5D Live Scan.

  • Have a very cold Coke with lots of ice or if you have diabetes (gestational or otherwise) iced cold water instead 30 minutes before your scan. This will get the baby moving and a moving baby is much easier to manipulate than one that is fast asleep
  • For 2-3 days before your scan stay away from foods that gives you heartburn (Garlic, Chilli, Onions etc.)
  • Wear something practical that allows easy access to your stomach without losing all your modesty.
  • Go to the toilet before you leave home. You will not be allowed to go at the centre until they have seen the baby’s position as going to the toilet can alter the baby’s position
  • Organise yourself and your family and friends to arrive 5-10 minutes early. There is always paperwork to fill out before you go in.
  • Check with the centre that they can cater for little ones if they don’t bring something for the kids to do in case they get bored.
  • Don’t forget your glasses if you need them to see at distance. Many centres have Plasma screens on the wall.
  • Be patient. Getting great images or determining gender can sometimes be frustrating and time consuming. If baby is not cooperating, don’t worry, they can’t hide forever!
  • Remove any body piercings before you go in, especially from the tummy button
  • Tell the person doing your scan up front if you don’t want to know the sex, if you want confirmation of the sex without the rest of your friends and family knowing or if you would prefer the gender be written on a piece of paper and placed in an envelope especially if you are having a gender reveal party later so mistakes are not made.

About the Author

David Portnoy Managing Director of Early Image Pty Ltd has been providing 3D/4D/5D Ultrasound services in Australia for the past 15 years. With a team of dedicated personnel and using only of the very latest technology, Early Image has introduced over 70,000 parents-to-be to their unborn babies in a luxurious and memorable experience.


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