The First Sonogram
For some moms-to-be, a first sonogram is almost exciting as actually delivering her baby, therefore preparing for her sonogram is very important to make it a success.
1. Learn your doctor’s expectations – Your doctor will tell you what is expected as far as whether he wants you to have a full bladder. This is sometimes required to ensure that they get a good view of the baby. This step, rarely popular with women who are rushing to the bathroom every hour, is necessary though. At one sonogram, I literally jumped off the table and darted to the ladies room before I even got the sonogram gel wiped off my belly.
2. Wear something loose-fitting – I recommend wearing pants and a top. Usually, you can just lift your shirt up and pull the top of your pants down low enough for them to perform the sonogram. For my first sonogram I wore a dress and ended up much more exposed (and colder) than necessary.
3. Ask about recording – Some, but not all, facilities will allow for your ultrasound to be recorded to CD/DVD. Ask about this beforehand so you can bring the CD/DVD. With my second pregnancy, I just assumed it would be OK and showed up with the disc in hand just to be sorely disappointed when we were told that it was against their policy.