A gender ultrasound gives you a wonderful glimpse of your growing baby. If you’d like to find out your baby’s gender through an ultrasound, Prescott Women’s Clinic offers the exam starting at around 16 weeks gestation. Find out whether you’re having a girl or boy by calling the office in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, today or booking a consultation online.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to view images of your growing baby and to monitor your pregnancy. The technology works by sending sound waves through your body.
The sound waves reach internal tissues, such as your placenta and developing fetus, then they bounce back, forming images. You and your Prescott Women’s Clinic practitioner can see the pictures on a monitor.
Ultrasound provides you and your partner with the first glimpse of your growing baby, and it also can reveal whether you’re having a boy or girl.
Some parents want to be surprised by the gender of their baby. Others want to plan the baby’s room and know ahead of time whether they’re having a girl or boy.
There’s no right or wrong answer when deciding whether to find out your baby’s gender. If you’d like to know, Prescott Women’s Clinic schedules gender ultrasounds during your second trimester.
When you arrive at Prescott Women’s Clinic, you’re escorted to an exam room. You lie on an exam table with your abdomen exposed from the lower part of your ribs to the hips.
A technician applies a water-based gel to the surface of your abdomen, and then moves a handheld device called a transducer across your skin to make images. It may take just a minute to find the front of your baby to see whether it’s a girl or boy.
Sometimes your baby is moving around a lot. The technician is experienced in capturing images, even if your baby is quite mobile. They show you a peek of your baby’s gender. Once you’re done, you can save the ultrasound image as a keepsake to take home.
Prescott Women’s Clinic recommends gender ultrasounds at 16 weeks at the earliest. By this time, your baby’s external sex organs have formed.