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Baby Gender Misconceptions

How Do We Determine Baby’s Gender?

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Sometimes, there are just so many shades of gray between pink and blue. Determining Baby’s 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 a probe to a 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 only in our very 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! Most of my emails come from people who want a second opinion. However, most of the time, it’s one I regretfully 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 commit.

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. And anyone who has, too, can recognize when gender 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!

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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.

 

baby gender misconceptions, fetal genderKeep 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.

 

 

 

breech fetus, prone fetus, ultrasound picturesDon’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. You can read more about a breech fetus here–it’s merely one of many potential problems with fetal position that can hinder a guess. Remember, that you want an accurate guess, not just any guess. Most importantly, an experienced sonographer knows when not to guess. Neither one of us wants me to guess the wrong sex . . .

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. Poop–I hate when that happens!

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Your 8 Week Ultrasound Scan

What Can We See on Your 8 Week Ultrasound?

First, a Peek at Week 7

If you’re following week-by-week pregnancy, you may know we’ve covered what you should expect to see at 6 Weeks. This pregnancy is a set of twins with great cardiac activity! So, let’s check out a few changes. The images below are of the twin embryos at a nearly 7 Week scan and about a week later at an 8 Week ultrasound.

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Almost 7 Weeks!

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 the 8 Week ultrasound, also!

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8 Week Embryo!

Can you believe the difference in just 13 days? Baby A is a whole 12mm bigger! The more rounded area on the right-hand side represents Baby’s head. We can even make out little arm buds! Also, 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!

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

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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)

 

 

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