Posted on July 5th, 2017 by wombwithaviewblog.com

Baby Gender, How Do We Know?

Determining baby gender by ultrasound is not as easy a task as most think. Actually, gender misconceptions pertaining to ultrasound are so common that I thought it worthy of yet another post.

Making a male vs female determination requires far more expertise than just sticking probe to belly. And babies do not just automatically cooperate! Baby’s legs need to be wide open and other parts cannot be covering over external genitalia. If so, the chances of holding that “reveal” party are slim to none.

Another common misconception is that we can force Baby to move. I promise you that every sonographer on earth would use a magical “make Baby flip” button. A girl can a dream, but I think this technology lies in our distant future. Unfortunately, babies get comfy and only move into another position if they get the urge. And not a moment sooner!

Determining sex accurately is all about angles. Being far enough along with Baby in the right position is only part of the task..when I’m the one scanning, that is! Most of my emails come from people who want a second opinion. However, most of the time, it’s one I cannot give! Either Baby is too early or the image is just plain, well..terrible. In these scenarios, the truth is I just can’t comment on what I can’t see.

Most sonographers don’t mind telling you your baby’s sex, by the way! The problem for us comes when we can’t see what our patients want to know.  Even if we explain all the reasons, patients sometimes become upset or angry. I have scanned tens of thousands of babies. Anyone who has scanned as much can recognize when this information is obtainable and when it isn’t.

Tips For Your Baby Gender Ultrasound

So, here are a few recommendations for you to follow before your next ultrasound. No guarantees! But if you are busting at the seams to find out what you’re having, these tips just might work!

  • Try eating or drinking something about 30 minutes prior to the exam. Baby typically becomes more active after eating. Now, I’m not condoning a double espresso and Snickers combo (yummy, yes; smart, no). We don’t want your fetus launching into orbit. Instead, try enjoying a hearty and healthy lunch or breakfast prior to your scan.
  • Keep an open mind! Understand that not seeing the sex is definitely a real possibility. Whatever you do, not planning a gender reveal party for the same day is a smart idea.
  • Don’t shoot the messenger! In other words, your sonographer can only tell you what she sees. If that is an uncooperative fetus or if visualization is poor, she may not want to risk a guess. Remember, that you want an accurate guess, not just any guess. Most importantly, an experienced sonographer knows when not to guess. I so hate it for parents when they get excited about one sex, only to discover differently on a future scan!

Believe me! We would love to do our part to help you plan your party, shop for baby clothes, or decorate a nursery. It’s the most fun when we can! And when we cannot, it’s a real bummer – for you, because you leave disappointed and for us, because we’re (sometimes) blamed as the party poopers.

Textbook Baby Gender Images

I’ve posted these before, but below are a couple of really great images of external genitalia, first boy then girl.

male baby gender determination ultrasound

male fetal sex, around 28 Weeks

female baby gender determination ultrasound

female fetal sex, mid-second trimester

Also, if you send an email asking for a second opinion earlier than 18 Weeks, you may receive the links below to other posts containing very easy, no-mistake pics of boys and girls!

Female Gender Scan

16 Week Ultrasound

Boy vs Girl Ultrasound

Twin Gender Ultrasound

3rd Trimester Ultrasound – Male

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Posted on March 26th, 2015 by wombwithaviewblog.com

What Can We See on Your 8 Week Ultrasound?

First, a Peek at Week 7

In the last post, two babies were finally seen, both measuring about the same at 6 Weeks with great cardiac activity! So let’s check out a few changes. The image below is of the twin embryos on a 7 Week Ultrasound.

7 Week embryos, 7 Weeks pregnant, 7 Week ultrasound

You don’t really need a measurement here to see how much bigger they look compared to just one week prior! You’ll notice that the gestational sacs are bigger, too. The yolk sacs keep the same general size and appearance, although they are not pictured here.

 

Since I didn’t have much to post about Week 7, let’s skip ahead a little and look at your embryo at 8 Weeks, also!

8 Week fetus, 8 Week ultrasound, 8 Weeks pregnant

Can you believe the difference in just 13 days? Baby A is a whole 12mm bigger! The more round area on the right-hand side is Baby’s head. We can even make out little arm buds, and the little white lines you see on each side of Baby represents part of the developing amnion (or sac of fluid around Baby).

 

Now check out Baby B below!

8 week fetus, 8 Weeks pregnant, 8 Week ultrasound

Baby B is now a whopping 13mm bigger! What an animal!

 

8 Week twins, 8 Week ultrasound, 8 Weeks pregnant

The changes seen every week of the first trimester are really quite unbelievable and it truly is one of the most favorite aspects of my job. I love it! It makes me realize what a privilege and honor it is to be able to catch a glimpse into this incredible universe on a regular basis.

One day they’re 3mm; you blink, and they’re driving! Our kids just grow up so fast! (sniff, sniff)

Shoot me an email with your questions or comments to wombviewerblog@gmail.com!

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