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at what week/point in the pregnancy can they get a really good idea of gender (provided baby's bits are exposed to the ultasound)? I'm really thinking about doing an ultrasound during this pg but want to make sure that we do it at a time when we can clearly see gender. I realize that this is not 100%, but we got very clear answers with our other two kids...but I think that was around 18-20 weeks. I'm 15 weeks right now (13 gestation).<br><br>
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I think they can see it at 16 weeks. Normally the main ultra sound, the one that checks growth and anatomy to make sure there are no abnormalities, is at about 20 weeks (anytime between 18-24 weeks is normal), in any case, that's the one where they check gender. I'm having that one the 2nd week of October myself, right around 20 weeks.
 

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They were able to tell my sister at 14 weeks, but her dd was not at all shy about showing off her bits. If you're only going to do one, I'd wait until 17 - 20 weeks to be sure.<br><br>
Having said that, we had an ultrasound for bleeding issues at 13 weeks and I'm almost sure I saw a little scrotum on there. We're going back at 20 weeks to make sure the placenta has moved, so I'll know for sure then (as long as baby cooperates).
 

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I think developmentally it is possible to see at 14 weeks, but I had a 14 week ultrasound with my DD and the technician refused to "call" it, saying the fetus was just too small. In her opinion 16 weeks was the early cutoff for accuracy in gender prediction, if I remember correctly.
 

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My dr didn't even want to try to see it until 18-22 weeks (to make sure there would be something to see), so my appointment is scheduled at 20 weeks. From what I've heard from others, that's when most dr's schedule the main u/s. Although you would probably be able to see it before then, I personally wouldn't chance it if you're only wanting to have one u/s. But that's just me.
 

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I think most doctors will check at the anatomy scan at 18-22 weeks along. Some women find out earlier if they have a scan earlier, but a lot of people who only get one scan just do that one.<br><br>
My OB tried to peek at my appointment this past week (16 weeks) but baby was not cooperative - s/he was transverse, sleeping, and his/her legs crossed around the cord - so no hope of seeing anything.
 

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I found out at 14 weeks with my second. But this time I had one at 13 weeks and got no info, I will have the growth one at 20 weeks and I am really hoping to see a hamburger bun as they call it.
 

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thanks for all of the great info. Yeah, here in Israel there is no "20 week ultrasound," basically, you can just get them anytime you want. So, I want to make sure that the one time I do it, I've got a good chance at seeing something. Do ya'all think that 18 weeks would be enough time? Then I'd only have 2 weeks to wait, if I want to do it. lol.
 

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My "20 week" u/s will be at 18 weeks, and they've never had a problem before. I just make sure to eat something sugary right before we go so that I know the baby would be awake and moving around. I would have done that Thursday had I known my OB was going to do an u/s...
 

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How exciting! I can't wait to find out, I think all the advice given here is right on.....I wanted to add when i had a scan at 12w 6d the technician 'thought ' she saw something, meaning a boy but my ob said no way, way too early to tell....so i wait til my next time!! I can't wait til we all start to find out if we chose to what we are having!!
 

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Gender bits are differentiated at 12 weeks, but it can still be hard to see. If you have a provider who will do a quick 3D scan early, you will likely be able to tell (assuming baby is positioned well, of course). We are pretty sure we saw on our scan at 14 weeks, but the tech refused to look or guess or anything. Most providers don't like to look until 18-20 weeks because it is usually quite obvious at that point. However, if they look and try, it can usually be told anytime from 12 weeks on.<br><br>
I'm also desperate to find out, but I will be out of town a bunch and won't be able to do mine for another month or so. We think from the last scan it's a girl, but are waiting to confirm it before we call it. The waiting is so hard! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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