Frequently Asked Questions

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently limiting guest numbers to 5 adults (aged 12 and older) plus and many children aged 12 and under as you wish to attend – ie. mum-to-be plus 5 guests over the age of 12 plus an unlimited number of children.

Please drink at least two litres of water every day for at least one week (2 weeks is even better!) leading up to your scan – this increases your amniotic fluid volume and makes it easier for us to see your beautiful baby’s face!

Having something sugary to eat or drink just before your scan often helps get bub on the move, which helps us get better pictures/videos for you. Bringing a cold soft drink to your appointment can sometimes help if bub is being stubborn!

Having some fluid in your bladder (without being too uncomfortable) can also help with bubs positioning – we recommend drinking about 500mL half an hour prior to your scan. We have a bathroom in our studio if you require.

At First Wave Ultrasound, we offer 2D ‘little glimpse’ scans from 10 weeks until the end of your pregnancy.

The best time to capture cute 3D/4D face pictures/videos is 27-32 weeks (25-28 weeks for twins) with 29-30 weeks being optimal. If you have an anterior placenta, we recommend you book your scan at 27-29 weeks. 

Seeing your beautiful baby is exciting at any stage of your pregnancy. Some mums-to-be return multiple times to see their baby’s growth and development.

As your ultrasound is not diagnostic and not medical, you will not need a referral and your scan will not be covered by Medicare or private health insurance.

We will try our best to encourage your bub to move on the day by changing your position and offering you a sugary treat to try and get bub to move. If baby is still being stubborn, we will re-book you free of charge for a follow up session. 

If we are unfortunately unable to obtain any pictures of bub after 2-3 unsuccessful attempts, you will be charged our “little glimpse” fee of $60. It is very rare that we are unable to obtain any pictures after 2-3 attempts, provided you have initially booked around 29-30 weeks.

2D is the traditional style ultrasound where your baby is viewed in a two-dimensional plane. Usually these images are black, white and grey.

3D ultrasound uses multiple 2D images at differing angles to create volume, so you can see more detail and depth to your baby’s features. These images are usually in colour.

4D ultrasound uses 3D multi-plane imaging to produce a moving, real-time view of your baby. 4D ultrasounds can only be viewed in real time or as video recordings.

5D ultrasound is a new, more advanced rendering of 3D/4D ultrasound to produce more life-like images of your baby.

Yes, 3D and 4D ultrasounds are safe. As with traditional 2D scans, ultrasonic sound waves are used to generate 3D and 4D images of your baby. Your baby will not be exposed to any radiation. Ultrasound has been commonly used in obstetric imaging for over 20 years.

Your image clarity depends on a lot of factors including your baby’s position, the position of your placenta, your BMI, the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby and how far along in your pregnancy you are. We are usually able to get beautiful pictures, but sometimes babies just don’t cooperate with us on the day. If this happens, you will be offered a follow up session free of charge.

Yes, we do! You can purchase these on our ‘packages’ page. Our gift vouchers make the perfect gifts for mums-to-be!