Who should come along?

Your husband or partner is very welcome to join you during the ultrasound scan. Another friend or your parents (or in-laws) are also welcome. Keep in mind, though, 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.

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