Ultrasound Can Determine Baby Girl Gender
At about 18 to 20 weeks gestation, a baby’s gender can often be determined via ultrasound. When you go in for your ultrasound and you want to know the baby’s gender, hope that your unborn child is an agreeable sort who will move around for the technician, allowing him or her to check for health-related issues and ultimately “flash” for the camera by clearly revealing the area between the legs.
Usually, if a sonographer tells you a gender, he or she is certain that the baby’s gender has been determined. A female fetus is identifiable via what is referred to as the “three lines” sign. If three white lines show up on the traditional ultrasound screen between the baby’s legs, this indicates the presence of a vagina and vulva.
A good indicator that your technician knows his or her stuff is if he or she is so thorough as to mention identifying parts such as the baby’s kidneys, or the chambers of the heart. Someone with the technology and skill to ID a tiny kidney in utereo is probably not going to miss a penis—or lack thereof.
However, if your technician says you are “probably” having a girl, simply because no penis has been observed, buy pink with caution. Many a boy has been positioned in such a way that the penis was not observed. Ask specifically if the technician has seen the “three lines,” and look for them yourself in the video or DVD, if provided, or still image captures. Be sure you know what you’re looking for. A baby girl’s labia, on ultrasound, can appear similar to what a layperson might assume a baby boy’s testicles looks like.
Also, if you DON’T want to know your baby’s gender, tell the technician right away.