Can I find out what sex the baby is at my booking scan?

Most hospitals don''t tell you this automatically, and some refuse to tell you at all. This is because looking for the baby''s sex often takes up a lot of time and depends on us being able to see its genitals, which is especially difficult if the baby''s legs are crossed. We aren''t 100% sure anyway; it is quite common for even experienced scanners to get the sex wrong. On top of this, many women don''t want to know the sex but feel pressured by their partners to find out and may regret asking afterwards. It is important that if this service is being offered by your hospital, to think carefully about it beforehand so that you are sure one way or the other and don''t get caught ''off guard''. And remember to ask at the beginning of the scan, not at the end as you are getting off the couch as we won''t generally look for the sex unless asked to.
What happens when I have ultrasound?

If you have ultrasound in the early weeks of pregnancy, you may be asked to drink plenty of fluid; an enlarged bladder makes it easier to scan for a tiny fetus. You will lie on a bed beside the machine and lift up your clothes - wear something loose. The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

The machine The screen shows an image of the fetus from which the necessary measurements are taken
The screen image The image is not always clear. The technician will point out the head, heart and limbs. This scan shows an 18-week fetus.
The scan operator Ultrsound may be done by a radiographer, an ultrasonographer, or a doctor or midwife

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