Who should come along?

Your husband or partner is under normal circumstances very welcome to join you during the ultrasound scan. Usually, we would welcome another friend or your parents (or in-laws) to join you. During the start of the COVID-19 epidemic we have asked ask you to limit the accompanying persons to one. Many thanks to everyone who complied with this, and apologies to the grannies that had to see the pictures at second hand! (At other times, also keep in mind that too many people can make it difficult for you and your husband to focus if something specific needs to be explained. To bring small children along is usually boring for the child and distracting for yourself.) During the time of lockdown, and to minimize exposure in the hospital, ONLY ONE ACCOMPANYING PERSON, AND NO CHILDREN, IS ALLOWED. Please remember that these arrangements might change without notice, and check your SMS on the day before the appointment.

Please also adhere to the other measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, including hand hygiene and wearing a (cloth) mask in public (and during your visit to ourselves.)

What if my husband or partner cannot join me?

If your husband or significant other cannot join you, we would suggest the following:

Download the Tricefy app at 

The ultrasound images / videoclips will then be forwarded live to the email address on this app as the images and videoclips are stored during the ultrasound examination.

If there are any findings which need more explanation, we will endeavour to do so via a whatsapp call or skype. 

Should I have a full bladder?

An empty bladder is preferable during the ultrasound scan.

Should I eat chocolate before the ultrasound examination?

Please do not drink tea or coffee or eat chocolate beforehand to make the baby move during the ultrasound examination – this can result in the baby moving so much that the examination is actually more difficult.

Which information should I bring along?

Please have any relevant information on hand, including detail of:

  • Chronic health conditions
  • Any medication you used during or just prior to the pregnancy
  • Problems with a previous pregnancy
  • Genetic conditions or inborn abnormalities in your family or the baby’s father’s family
  • The calculation of the due date (for example, if you have had IVF treatment, the dates of fertilization and embryo transfer)
  • Previous ultrasound or other relevant examinations in the pregnancy

Any other preparation?

Also have a look at the following material:

  • Prenatal tests (info by SASOG and SASUOG)
  • COVID-19 and pregnancy
  • More information needed?

    If you need more information on screening or diagnosis of genetic conditions, consider a consultation with a genetic counsellor or clinical geneticist: