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the earliest you can find out sex of baby? 
10th-Dec-2009 02:31 am [sex - of the baby, ultrasound]
So I got my first ultrasound at 10 weeks and it was amazing! I still can't stop looking at the picture and people at work said I'm starting to show a little already which I'm excited about actually. I am a high risk pregnancy so I have to have a lot of ultrasounds they said. Ill be having another one at 12 weeks and I'm wondering since I'm going to be having a lot more ultrasounds than a normal pregnancy will it be more likely well be able to find out the sex sooner than 20 weeks? I've heard its possible to find out the sex as early as 14 weeks. If you had a lot of ultrasounds did you find out the sex earlier because you didn't have to wait till they did a 20 week ultrasound? I'm soo anxious! Ill be 12 weeks at my next ultrasound but I think thatll definitely be too soon. I guess well see, but leave a comment if you have any answers to my question! Thanks!
10th-Dec-2009 06:42 am (UTC)
How are you high risk? I was classified as high risk because I have severe Crohn's Disease, and then it was discovered that my placenta was completely covering my cervix. So I had alot of ultrasounds, too. I found out the sex at 18 weeks. I'm currently 38+2, and my placenta had moved off the cervix by 31 or 34 weeks, I can't remember which, I've had alot of ultrasounds lol.
10th-Dec-2009 07:44 am (UTC)
I have epilepsy (seizures) so that's why I'm high risk.
10th-Dec-2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, best of luck! I've heard many success stories of epileptic pregnant women :)
10th-Dec-2009 10:38 am (UTC)
I'm just curious, does Crohn's Disease that's not severe still make you classed as high risk? I was diagnosed with Crohn's today and had a very easy pregnancy with my daughter but am worried about my next pregnancy - We're planning to TTC at the end of next year.
10th-Dec-2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
In stable remission is obviously the best way to go about it. I had been in remission for about a year before I fell pregnant (on the pill!) whilst receiving Remicade infusions. I'm actually being induced this weekend, due to starting to flare again, because I've been off all meds for a few months. I think the less surgery etc. you've had in the past, and the least medications, the easier it is to maintain health for you and the baby. A main concern is that Crohn's inhibits your absorbtion of nutrients and whatnot, so there's a risk of an undernourished baby.

Best to speak with your Specialist, as everyone's situation is different. My pregnancy hasn't been *too* difficult, but I've been very closely monitored with blood tests, ultrasounds etc, to ensure the baby is thriving.

Best of luck TTC! I recently heard a theory that women with Crohn's actually have LESS trouble getting pregnant.
11th-Dec-2009 09:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for that, I'll be asking my specialist what my situation is, I wasn't sure if *everyone* with Crohn's was classed as high risk, now I know.

Good luck with your induction, I hope everything goes well :)
10th-Dec-2009 07:28 am (UTC)
I found out I was having a girl at 15 weeks 6 days. So it is possible!
10th-Dec-2009 09:12 am (UTC)
My sister in law was told most likely a boy super early, I think 12 weeks. At 16 weeks she was told still looking like a boy. At 20 weeks it was very obvious that my nephew was indeed a boy.

I've heard it is easier to be sure with a boy than a girl.
10th-Dec-2009 10:35 am (UTC)
I was told 16 weeks was the earliest they would even try to see, I think it's to cover their butts. I was 18 weeks and a few days when I found out I was having a girl.
10th-Dec-2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
I had to wait until I was 18 weeks to find out. It's a boy and very clearly a boy :)
10th-Dec-2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
I just had my 20 week ultrasound and the doctor couldn't tell :( Makes me sad in the pants... This is my first baby.
10th-Dec-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
At the 12 week ultrasound, the tech said that if boy parts were forming, you might be able to tell even that early. But it's not guaranteed that early on, so they would never give a definite answer. My little one had her legs crossed the whole time for that one, though.
10th-Dec-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I think it really depends on the ultrasound tech in terms of how soon you will find out. Some are willing to take a good guess early, others are not (because you can't really tell for "sure" early on). My friend was told at 12 weeks she was most likely having a boy, which was correct. I had an ultrasound at 12 weeks and 15 weeks and the tech wouldn't guess. It wasn't until around 18 weeks I was told 80% chance it was a girl (which it was). I was told it is easier to mistake a girl for a boy (because of the cord getting in the way) than a boy for a girl.
10th-Dec-2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I was 18 weeks when I found out I was having a girl. With my son, I was 40 weeks lol, he kept his legs tight!
10th-Dec-2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I had an u/s at 14 weeks where the tech said she was 70% sure we were having a boy... had my anatomy scan at 18 weeks where boy was confirmed :)
10th-Dec-2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I couldn't find out until I was 19 weeks.
10th-Dec-2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I had an ultrasound happy OB and got ultrasounds at every visit. I still didn't find out until the 20 week scan. She guessed at the previous appointment that it was a boy, but she was wrong.

Anyway- I think it depends on the quality of the ultrasound equipment as to whether they'll be able to tell. My doc was just using the little in-office machine. But if you have to go to an ultrasound department to get it done, they will be using stronger equipment and it'll be more likely to show the gender early.
10th-Dec-2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I didn't really want to know anyway, but the only u/s I've had was at 15w, and they couldn't tell then. It was a VERY thorough 45 minute vaginal and then an external on top of that.
10th-Dec-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Until about 13 weeks the boy and girl parts look too alike to differentiate on most u/s (unless your doc has a really super sensitive one), but after that they may be able to tell. Hard to be confident until about 17-18 weeks though.
10th-Dec-2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I had an ultrasound yesterday at 15 weeks 5 days..They tried to look but my lil peanut had his/her legs crossed, so we will look again in 2 weeks..The nurse couldn't find the heart beat so we did a quick ultrasound, and everything was perfect!
11th-Dec-2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I've had 5 ultrasounds this pregnancy (32 weeks today) and was able to find out the sex of my baby at 16 weeks. It's not always guaranteed and depends a lot on whether or not your little one wants to cooperate. I was lucky and she totally did a spread eagle for the ultrasound tech making it obvious as anything it was a girl -- even I could tell and I never can tell anything from ultrasound photos. I drank a big glass of OJ that morning (I believe I read that suggestion here) and had the ultrasound on a full bladder.
15th-Jan-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
My SIL was told at her 12 week ultrasound that it was most likely a boy. They tried to confirm it at 3 future u/s but the baby would not cooperate. They finally found out at 32 weeks that it was actually a GIRL. :P
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