Will I always get great pictures of my baby? Unfortunately, we will not know until the time of the ultrasound. Babies all have different personalities and sleep at different times. It’s best to come in during your baby’s active time, follow the appointment tips and come in during the recommended timeframe. The key to success seems to be the necessary water intake, we recommend drinking 2 liters of water daily for 5 days before your ultrasound. It’s always a good idea to purchase a package that includes a free redo if needed.
When is the best time to see your baby? Please view our Ultrasound Calendar for standard recommended timeframes, please read the below exceptions.
If you have an anterior placenta (placenta in front of baby’s face) it is best to schedule your appointment for earlier in your pregnancy, between 24-27 weeks. The best viewing time for twins is 24 to 26 weeks. Click your due date on the calendar, then refer to the shaded date ranges and the detailed descriptions below. If you are over 200 pounds we recommend waiting until you are at least 30 weeks gestation and drink 2 liters of water daily for at least 7 days prior to your appointment.
Starting at 14 Weeks: Gender Determination
If you are over 200 pounds pre-pregnancy it is best to wait until you are 17 weeks gestation.
Week 26 - 28: Best Viewing
Make your appointment during this time and you may see amazing activities such as him playing with his feet or her giving a big yawn after a quick nap. Often times you can even catch your baby looking right back at you! Many facilities love the 26-28 week time frame.
Week 29 - 32: Good Viewing
Want another peek? There is still fairly good movement during the 29-32 week period. If you have already had a 3D 4D Sonogram at 26-28 weeks or if this is your first time, this is your second best opportunity to make an appointment. The sooner the better... so don't delay!
Week 33 - 37: Unpredictable Viewing
After 32 weeks, it becomes very difficult to get a good view due to the limited movement of the baby at this time. Some facilities have successfully completed 3D 4D ultrasounds all the way through 37 weeks, but these results are not typical. You may still be able to schedule an appointment during this time, however, please be aware it is unlikely your session will be as successful as earlier weeks in your pregnancy.
Week 39: Your Due Date!
Congratulations on your new baby! Now you can see your new little one in person and compare him or her to your 3D 4D Ultrasound images!