Congratulations! You just found out you are pregnant and want to enjoy, document, and celebrate every precious moment of your pregnancy. These are some of the first questions you might have when considering elective prenatal ultrasound.
Yes, baby is developed enough by 15 weeks to often see the gender. However, the way your doctor determines your due date can often vary up to one week in either direction from your true gestatonal age. Your due date may say that you are 16 weeks when really you are 15 weeks and 1 day. By drawing the line at 16 weeks, according to the due date your doctor has given you, we virtually guarantee that you are at least 15 weeks and be more likely to see what we wanna see on our first try!
We do not provide medical or diagnostic exams or information and can not bill insurance. Our services are comparable to going to a photographer...a magical photographer!
You must be under a physician's care prior to coming in for any of our services. You will sign a waiver stating that you are under a doctor's care prior to your ultrasound session at Bellisimo.
In my 13 years of OB ultrasound, I have never had anyone tell me I have been wrong. If I am not positive at the time of your session I will not say one way or another and will not charge you. If you are told something different at your doctor's office please bring documentation of the gender and due date assigned by your doctor to prove your initial gender reveal ultrasound done at Bellisimo was done no earlier than 16 weeks. I will then provide a FREE 3D/4D PEEK ultrasound!
I'm sorry. We are not able to provide diagnostic information. This is why you sign the waiver acknowledging that you are under a doctor's care. Most medical providers perform an ultrasound at your first visit, usually around 10 weeks, to confirm viability and dates and another around 20 weeks to look at anatomy. This significantly decreases the chance that there would be any unknown problems at your elective keepsake ultrasound.
You're pregnant and it shows! The third trimester begins at 26 weeks. Baby is starting to fill out with more fat and muscle. If you are considering a 3D/4D ultrasound now is the time to start planning.
In my experience the best 3D/4D images are most consistently obtained between 30-32 weeks. However, I have gotten amazing 3D/4D images anywhere from 26-36 weeks.
4D Ultrasound is LIVE 3D ultrasound. This gives us the ability to see babies yawn, open their eyes, move their hands, and any other tricks we might be lucky enough to witness...and it is all recorded!
3D/4D ultrasound utilizes the same power and frequency of sound waves as 2D ultrasound that is used in the doctor's office. There have been no known bio effects shown to be caused by ultrasound imaging. There is ZERO RADIATION produced by ultrasound waves. If you have concerns please speak to your doctor for further advice.
All appointments are scheduled online. There are a few different ways to access the scheduling system:
Please see 'How do I make an appointment' section above. All available appointment times are shown in the scheduling module. You are able to view them without signing up for anything.
I try to open the schedule up one to two months in advance. Keep checking the scheduling system for new openings.
Please read through all FAQs to see if you can find the answers that you need. If you are unable to find what you need the best way to contact is via text and the next best is Facebook messenger.
Full bladders, sweet snacks, jumping jacks...oh my!
Please arrive with just a moderately full bladder. This usually helps to push baby higher in the pelvis for a better view, but not always. If baby is not in a good position to see the gender we will have you empty your bladder to get a different view and maybe inspire baby to move.
This is a little more involved than the gender reveal prep. Baby is bigger with less wiggle room so we try to enable the best conditions possible ahead of time. Please drink 2 or 3 extra glasses of water per day for approximately 5 days before your appointment. This will help boost amniotic fluid levels which will create better windows for the ultrasound to pass through and also give baby more room to move. (See next section for further instructions...)
The day of your appointment try to avoid anything sweet in the morning or for lunch. Also, try to avoid eating or drinking anything besides water for 2-3 hours prior to your appointment. When you arrive for your appointment eat a sweet snack, ie. juice, fruit, coffee, soda, or candy. This should get baby rocking and rolling for their big photoshoot! Also, arrive with a moderately full bladder that might help with positioning of baby and that we may empty as another trick to get baby to move.
Yes, of course. This is a very special occasion that the whole family may enjoy. I have found that most children under the age of 5 lose interest pretty quickly. Please bring supervision for when this inevitably will occur :)