How many weeks do I need to be to see a heartbeat?
How early can you determine the gender?
We recommend being 14 weeks or later when you come in for agender determination ultrasound. We have a very high success rate at 14 weeks, but if we are ever unable to tell for sure we will let you come back and check again in a few days!
Should I keep my bladder full for the appointment?
If you are between 8-13 weeks, we will prefer you to keep your bladder full for your session. If you are 14 weeks and later, we will not need you to keep it full and you are welcome to use the restroom before we do the ultrasound.
What is the best time for a 4D/HD Ultrasound?
The most popular time to come in for 4D/HD ultrasound is between 28-32 weeks. At this stage, you can see the baby’s chubby cheeks and sometimes even catch them smile, suck on their hands, or open their eyes. 4D/HD can be done at any point during your pregnancy, the baby will just be smaller the earlier you come in. Choosing when to come in for 4D/HD is a personal preference and completely dependent on what you want to see!
What happens if my baby does not cooperate during our session?
If you are coming in for a gender determination ultrasound and we are unable to determine the gender for any reason, we will try a few tricks to get the baby to move. If we are still unsuccessful, we will offer a voucher to come back in a few days to try again. We will always make sure we get the gender, even if it takes a few visits! If you are doing a 4D/HD ultrasound, and we are unable to get pictures of the baby, we will offer a voucher for up to two more visits free of charge to try and get better pictures of the baby. On the third visit, we will finish with what we can get.
Should I drink water before my appointment?
Staying hydrated before your appointment helps us to get the clearest images possible.
What is the difference between 3D/4D/HD ultrasound?
We use all three types of imaging in our 4D/HD ultrasound packages. 3D/4D looks the same, but 3D refers to the still image, and 4D refers to the motion shot (video). HD is the newest ultrasound technology and gives a more defined and realistic view of the baby.
What is the difference between Fetal Fotos and other ultrasound facilities?
The providers and women we serve come to know that we are different from any other ultrasound clinic. We have more experience, exclusive imaging skills, high medical standards, and a persistent dedication to our customers’ health. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with providers as we offer this positive experience to expectant women. Our customers express their gratitude for our service daily, and our provider relationships make that possible.
Is Ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound has been used for over 35 years and has been proven through countless studies to be a non-invasive tool with vast benefits. We strictly adhere to the standard set by the FDA which “restricts ultrasound exposure to levels that produce few, if any, effects on the fetus, based on epidemiological evidence” (FDA Consumer magazine, January-February 2004 Issue). Our Three-and Four-Dimensional ultrasound imaging uses ultrasound energy subject to these same limits and is not a product of increased frequency or “power” levels, but a combination of increased data gathering (listening) by the transducer and software interpretation after data acquisition. The result is a vast array of benefits without any harm to mother or baby.
Why did Fetal Fotos come into existence?
In 1994, Board-Certified obstetrician Leon Hansen, M.D., recognized that his patients relied a great deal on their medical ultrasound to better understand their pregnancy. He wanted to offer greater choices to expecting women, but physicians’ time is short, and such requests are rarely covered by insurance. As a result, he created an affordable ultrasound service designed to enhance the routine medical ultrasound experience to serve the patient’s needs and concerns. He developed a staff of clinical technicians with highly advanced skills in parent-focused imaging and the newer 3/4D technology, with a unique focus on patient education.” As physicians, we shouldn’t have to choose between providing quality medical care and creating a positive patient experience,” says Dr. Hansen. “FETAL FOTOS exists to give providers a resource to better serve their patients without loss of time or resources, and to give patients direct access to more choices in consultation with their provider.”
What is postpartum massage?
Massage is well known for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief, and other health benefits. Unique
postpartum benefits include hormone regulation, reduced swelling, better sleep, and improved
breastfeeding. More advanced therapy helps restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition,
speeds healing and assists with C-section recovery.
How soon after giving birth can you get a massage?
You may start receiving postpartum massages as soon as you feel comfortable. Your therapists will
position you comfortably if your abdomen or breasts are sore. If you have maternal complications, first
consult with your medical provider.
Is massage safe postpartum?
Massage can improve post-delivery recovery and health for many women. Supplement the guidance
and advice of your medical care provider with massage to support the transition to your new maternal
role. A trained therapist will assist you with physical, emotional, and educational support as you find
the joy of motherhood. Consult with your physician if you have had any complications or have concerns
before beginning any new therapeutic practice.
Can a prenatal massage make you go into labor?
There are certain points on the body that a knowledgeable massage therapist will not press on
during most of your pregnancy because they are believed to encourage labor. These points need to
be pressed hard, repetitively and with full intention toward birth to encourage labor. Simply
touching the contraindicated points is not going to make a woman go into labor or be unsafe for the
mom or baby. If you are on or past your due date, and want to bring on labor, we can point out
specific areas to work on reflex and acupressure points at home that promote the birth process
When can you get a prenatal massage?
Women can begin massage therapy at any point in their pregnancy – during the first, second, or
third trimester. Some recommend waiting for massage until the second trimester because of the
associated increase in blood flow. If you have concerns or preexisting conditions check with your
medical professional first.
What can I expect from a prenatal massage?
We have a beautifully relaxing room with everything you need to relax and pamper you. We have a
unique support cushion for any stage of pregnancy and anyone who cannot lie comfortably on their
What does prenatal massage mean?
Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as
her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It
enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves
mental and physical fatigue.
Do you lay on your stomach during a prenatal massage?
We have a unique support cushion for any stage of pregnancy and anyone who can’t lie
comfortably on their stomach.
When should you start getting prenatal massage?
12 weeks is ideal, but massage can be safe your entire pregnancy.
Can massage cause miscarriage?
Massage does not cause miscarriage. Massage can increase blood flow and anyone with concerns
should wait until 12 weeks to start prenatal massage, and check with their trusted medical
Can a pregnant woman get a full body massage?
Yes, there are many benefits for both mom and baby.