Determining the gender of the baby is one of the most common reasons parents get excited to go for an ultrasound, because many people want to plan what kind of decor will be in the nursery and tell people what toys and clothes to purchase for the baby shower.
Sometimes a pregnancy is unplanned, and an ultrasound is needed to figure out just how old the baby is and when the due date will be.
It can be a big shock for many soon to be parents when they are told the gender could not be determined.
It’s an exciting day when you finally reach the point where you can get an ultrasound to determine the gender of your baby.
This is usually around the 20 week point, when the baby’s genitals are developed enough for the technician to clearly see either a penis or the labia.
Amniotic fluid levels can be either too high or too low, and every woman's will be monitored closely.
The fluid has many purposes, not only cushioning the fetus but also helping its muscles, digestive system, and lungs develop.
If it is low in later pregnancy it could mean there is a problem with the placenta.