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How To Prepare for an Ultrasound During Pregnancy

A full bladder is very important for the ultrasound exam. Empty your bladder 90 minutes before exam time, then consume one 8-ounce glasses of fluid (water, milk, coffee, etc.) about an hour before exam time.

We recommend a two-piece outfit so we can access your abdomen without you removing your clothing.

You may eat normally prior to having a fetal ultrasound.

Amniocentesis Patients - DO NOT SKIP MEALS

All of the standard procedures for a fetal ultrasound should be followed for an amniocentesis. However, if you have a blood type that is Rh negative, you will need a RhoGam injection after your procedure. You may purchase this in the outpatient pharmacy upon completion of the amniocentesis. The pharmacy accepts most major credit cards as well as personal checks.


  • Children under age 12 must be supervised by an additional adult and may not watch fetal echocardiograms or invasive procedures, such as amniocentesis.
  • Up to 3 additional guests may join you in the ultrasound room for a screening ultrasound.
  • You will receive a picture as a memento.
  • No videotapes or cameras are allowed in the ultrasound room.


If you have questions about coverage, please check with your insurance company or with your doctor.