This article was originally published on February 15, It was updated on January 28, by Katrina Butcher. It can be a long nine months waiting to find out if it's going to be a boy or a girl, especially if baby is being uncooperative at the week scan. Ordinarily, most parents-to-be will be asked, when having an ultrasound, if they would like to find out the sex of their growing baby. But, of course, many little babies are not accommodating and don't let the sonographer have a good enough look to see if they are a boy or a girl. It can be disappointing to leave a scan with an uncertain gender in mind, especially if you were very keen to know the sex.
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Most parents today will want to find out the sex of their baby before birth. One of the most common ways to do this is with an ultrasound, most frequently performed at between 18 and 20 weeks of gestation. A prenatal ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses audible sound waves to produce images of a fetus's shape and position in the uterus. It is a preferred method of imaging during pregnancy as it neither involves radiation nor poses harm to either the fetus or mother.
Any parent would wish to experience that over and over again. And you can do so too, through the ultrasound diagnostic procedure, which lets you hear the fetal heartbeat and tells you if your pregnancy is progressing healthily. This is when the first sign of developing embryo called a fetal pole is visible. Or, you can listen to it during your first Doppler ultrasound, which is a part of your first prenatal check-up, scheduled between the 12th and 14th week, or later in some cases 3. You will have a follow-up ultrasound where you can listen to the heartbeat.