Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are incredibly impatient. I don’t think our doctor’s office has me scheduled for another ultrasound until my 2nd trimester screening (19-20 weeks). I don’t think we can wait that long to find out the baby’s gender. It is killing me!
There is a place nearby that does gender ultrasounds as early as 16 weeks. It is $80, but it is kind of worth it to us. Is it ridiculous to pay to find out the gender when we could find out for free 3-4 weeks later?
What would you/did you do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I personally chose to follow my OB’s recommendation not to have elective ultrasounds. There is a medical debate over whether ultrasounds are potentially harmful to the fetus, so I would not get any more than necessary. A few more weeks is not so long. Plus, the longer you wait, the more accurate the results. How much would it suck to find out 4weeks later that your actually having a baby of the other gender?
Post # 4
@RahlyRah: I’d probably wait, but it’s not standard in Canada to do an ultrasound at all until 18-20 weeks, so it’s a notion we had a long time to get used to.
Post # 5
I’d wait. I didn’t get mine until the anatomy scan at 18 weeks and it didn’t bother me. We REALLY wanted to know too. However, I don’t think you can get elective ultrasounds here, or maybe you can. I never really looked into it. I also agree with mrsSonthebeach on having the least amount of ultrasounds as possible. I’ve had two and that’s all I’ll get unless it’s necessary.
Post # 6
We got a “sneak peek” at the goods at 14 weeks, but under less than ideal circumstances (major bleeding that sent me to the ER). I was MUCH more confident when they called the gender at 20 weeks than the guessing at 14.
I was also offered a sort of blood test (not an amnio) at 12 weeks that could have determined the gender. I declined it at that point, but if your insurance covers lab work well, that might be an option if you’re just dying to know.
Post # 7
No way. Waiting is worth it, IMO. Plus, the longer you wait the more accurate, correct? I think limiting ultrasounds is a good thing.
I think waiting makes it better! We are having ours at 20 weeks, per recommendation.
Post # 8
Our hospital cancelled our appointment and had nothing available for two more weeks. I was really upset so I let my mom pay for the gender ultrasound. I enjoyed it and the tech was really nice. No regrets.
Post # 9
We’re going to our private gender scan on Saturday when I’ll be 16+4, since it’s just been Christmas my husband gifted it to me- we previously lost a baby in July and we’ve been having a hard time allowing ourselves to get excited, we’ve drawn a line in the sand and said from Saturday we’ll get ourselves organised for our pink bundle!! But then I can justify just about anything!! If you can afford it and it makes you happy you don’t have to justify it- just enjoy it!!
Post # 10
^^^ I meant to say pink or blue!!
Post # 11
If its worth it to you and not a financial burden I say go for it, but if it were me I would wait. In fact, im pretty sure I don’t want to know the gender of my future baby until birth, but who knows that might change when im actually pregnant
Post # 12
I’m going to be limiting the # of ultrasounds I have, so no, I would not.
Post # 13
We did it, and it was absolutely worth it. We had it done at 15w3d. My anatomy scan wasn’t until nearly 20w, and I would not have wanted to/ been able to wait that long. My dr also said that there was no danger to having the extra ultrasound (I had already had an early scan at 7w5d, and my NT scan at 11w5d). We are also planning on doing a 3D/4D ultrasound around 30w.
Post # 14
I had my anatomy scan at 18 weeks. It never really occured to me to pay to find out the gender any sooner, I was fine with waiting.
Post # 15
I’d wait. Just buy unisex things for now or things a boy or girl both need
Post # 16
We are booked in for a 20 week ultrasound in about 5 weeks so will wait for that.
We are wanting to find out the gender so hope the baby co-operates but if for some reason it doesn’t then we will not have another ultrasound we will just have a surprise at the birth.