Instructions for Pregnant Patients

Ultrasounds are an important tool in evaluating the health of your pregnancy. We know you are excited, but it is important you follow the guidelines listed below to help our sonographers obtain the best possible images.

  • Less than 11 weeks: No preparation necessary.
  • 11 to 24 weeks: Begin drinking 16 ounces of water one hour prior to your ultrasound appointment. Finish drinking 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Do not urinate before your ultrasound UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.
  • 25 weeks or more: No preparation necessary.

For most patients, the sonographer will be able to tell the sex of your baby but it depends on the gestational age, the position of the fetus and the shape of your abdomen. Please consider whether you want to know the sex (if possible), and advise the sonographer when you come in for your appointment.

You may bring someone with you for your ultrasound, but please do not bring any children younger than 5.

If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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