Do you want to know your baby's sex before he or she is born? Some people really want to know their baby's sex, and others would rather leave this a surprise. Either approach is just fine, but if you are someone that does want to know your baby's sex, you will want to have what's called a gender-reveal ultrasound. Here are some questions parents-to-be often have about this ultrasound and its results.
How far along do you need to be in order to have a sex-reveal ultrasound?
The earliest that doctors can determine the sex of a baby via ultrasound is around 14 weeks pregnancy. However, if you want to increase the chances of a successful sex reveal, you may want to wait a little longer. It's really common for patients to go in at about 20 weeks. At this point, there is a much lower margin of error. If you do have an early scan before 20 weeks of pregnancy, you may want to also schedule a second one, just to confirm the results later on, since these early scans are occasionally wrong.
Do you need to have a 4D ultrasound?
You've probably seen 4D ultrasounds being advertised. A 4D ultrasound is basically a video ultrasound, whereas a 3D ultrasound, or standard ultrasound, just generates pictures. You can certainly have a 4D ultrasound in order to determine your baby's sex, but it is not necessary. A 3D ultrasound is all you really need, and it's usually more affordable if you have to pay all or part of the cost out-of-pocket.
Are ultrasounds safe?
Yes! Ultrasound are very safe. There is virtually zero risk to yourself or your baby. All utrasounds, whether 4D or 3D, use sound waves to generate images. You and your baby won't feel a thing as the ultrasound is working, and the sound waves will not damage any tissues. You are not taking on any risk by having a sex-reveal ultrasound, or even by scheduling two sex-reveal ultrasounds if the first one is not successful.
Can family come along?
In almost all cases, the ultrasound technician will allow you to bring your partner and any other family members along with you when you go in for your ultrasound. This can be a really exciting way to share the sex of your baby as soon as it's known!
If you have any lingering questions about sex-reveal ultrasounds, call an office in your area, like New Leaf 4D or another location.