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HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY ULTRASOUND APPOINTMENT - WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I CAN DO TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE BEST ULTRASOUND IMAGES?You must drink plenty of WATER (5 to 7 bottles a day), preferably starting 2 weeks prior to your appointment, but at least 4 days before your scheduled appointment, to ensure your amniotic fluid is clear and at an optimal level for your elective ultrasound session. The outcome of your images will be poor and a waste of your money if you do not have enough amniotic fluid around your baby. Why water? Water hydrates your body. An increase in water intake normally will then increase the amount of amniotic fluid that the baby produces through its urination. This is the fluid needed and used to render your images. The more amniotic fluid in the sac, the clearer the images tend to be. Increased amniotic fluid helps to push the placenta off of the baby's face. You may be asked to have a full bladder immediately prior to starting the ultrasound, if your pregnancy is very advanced or the fetal head is very low or if your uterus has a tilt or a variant shape. You are encouraged to follow the diet your doctor recommends, and do please eat a normal meal or snack close to your appointment time. Please be aware that we can not control the positions of the baby, but your water intake solely determines the CLARITY of your keepsake images.
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