Best time for a 3D Ultrasound & Redos

Keepsake Ultrasound Studio in Hanover, Ma
3D Ultrasound, 4D Ultrasound and HD Ultrasound

When is the best time for a 3D ultrasound, 4D Ultrasound or HDlive Ultrasound?

We can perform an ultrasound at any time during the pregnancy, but the best 3D/4D imaging results are generally acquired between 26 and 33 weeks.  Very late in the pregnancy, the baby gets very crowded and it is difficult to view the face, although we have gotten terrific 3D and 4D ultrasound pictures in babies as late as 39 weeks!  Also, if your baby is uncooperative on the day of your ultrasound then you have plenty of time to come back for a redo ultrasound.  

You must be at least 14.2 weeks to determine gender.  We have  gender ultrasound packages that are ONLY performed later in pregnancy or after 16 weeks gestation.

Remember that your baby is enclosed in a sack of fluid inside your belly which can make getting your baby to move his limbs and show his face difficult.  The pictures below show how your baby is enclosed inside your belly in the amniotic sac. . How amazing are these photos?

Will my Ultrasound pictures be perfect?

Well, the answer to that question is..  Hopefully, but not always. However, we promise to make every effort to obtain the best images.
Every baby scans differently, depending on its gestational age, position, amount of fluid, and the mother’s condition.  Unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees that the images will be similar to those you might have seen elsewhere or even from our own studio, or that we can always meet everyone’s expectations.  We have learned that a Great Picture is determined differently from person to person.  If we are unable to get clear pictures due to Mom’s body type or condition, then we are under no obligation to redo the ultrasound free of charge.  It’s just a matter of physics.

Also, with the use of the new light source in a  HDlive Ultrasound, there tends to be more shadows than with the usual 4D Ultrasound.  If your baby has anatomy in front of it’s face then your baby may have more shadowing.  If this occurs then we will use 4D ultrasound to obtain clearer pictures.

Sometimes if a baby is persistently looking face down, i.e. towards your spine it may be difficult to see the baby’s face. Other factors, such as the baby facing the placenta or lack of amniotic fluid in front of the baby’s face, may affect the quality of the images.

First, our sonographer’s will try repositioning the mom, asking her to walk around, etc. to see if we can obtain a better position. If we are unable to obtain images during the session, we will schedule a repeat scan as deemed appropriate by the sonographer, allowing time for the baby to turn to a favorable position.


Perfection is Subjective!  I love an action shot =)
The babies below are playing hard to scan but were absolutely adorable scans!  Lots of Peek~a~boos!

Redo appointments for uncooperative babies.

If your baby is hiding and does not show it’s face, then you will be asked to return for a free redo ultrasound.  Redo appointments must be completed within 2 weeks.  Appointments are not done on Saturdays unless your first appointment was on a Saturday.  If your baby was difficult but does show it’s face, we consider this a successful ultrasound.  Although we wish we could position your baby perfectly, the fact is that no one can control what your baby will be doing inside your belly.  For instance,  your baby could be putting a hand in it’s mouth, an arm over it’s face or have a foot on top of it’s forehead, we say, Enjoy the cuteness!  Maybe next time baby will show us more =)  We promise to give you and your baby 100% of our skill, attention and energy.

♦  If you are not sure if you qualify for a redo ultrasound, please stop and ask.  Sometimes Mommies are overwhelmed after an unsuccessful ultrasound and do not hear the tech offer the redo appointment, it happens, so please ask.  We  prefer that you schedule your redo before you leave our studio, however,  if you need to check your schedules then you may schedule online by clicking any of our GENBOOK icons and choosing “redo for shy baby” Or redo for placenta baby”  THANK YOU!  Kim & Staff

Does the location of my placenta impact the quality of my images?

Not necessarily. Many clients with anterior placenta ( in front ) often ask if there will be difficulty seeing their baby with a 3d and 4d ultrasound. A large percentage of our clients have anterior placenta and we are able to scan from the side and around the placenta to see the baby. In some cases, the baby will face into the placenta, whether it is anterior, posterior ( along the back) or fundal ( along the top), in which case, we will work to try to get the baby to move away from the placenta. Some of the images will have parts of the placenta in them, after all, we are imaging the baby in the womb. We will do our best to get as much of the face in view as possible but a full face shot is not always available.

Similarly, babies are often going to be putting their hands and feet in their face and may not free up a view of the entire face. Many moms write back to tell us that their babies make the same gestures and put hands and feet in the face after birth just as they did in the womb and it makes them treasure the ultrasound images even more.

This is the same baby below in 2D,  3D still photo and a HDlive still Photo.


Absolutely. Our scanning suite is large enough to accommodate 15 or more family members and friends. Bring everyone and anyone you wish!  We have 5 screens and a lot of seating so everyone has a front row seat for the big show. We also have a couple “kids” zones to occupy children.


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