Can We Know the Sex Before Deployment?

QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I am an expecting mother. I am about 5 weeks along and my husband is getting deployed in January between the 12th and the 15th. I would really like to find out what we are going to be having but I'm not sure how far along I have to be for it and if I will be that far along at the right time. My first day of my last menstrual cycle was September 15th. Can you possibly give me an idea of if I will be able to do this with my husband still here. My estimated due date is June 21st- 24th.

Thank you,
mikki_blue

ANSWER

Hi Mikki,
It looks like you will be right around 15-16 weeks along when your husband gets deployed. Usually any time past 16 weeks we can tell the sex of a fetus. On occasion, depending on the mothers body type and equipment used we may not be able to tell that early. The smaller the body type the better resolution in the ultrasound.

I would suggest that you have the ultrasound with your husband present whether or not the sex can be determined. I have seen many a hard man cry at the first sight of their unborn child. It is an amazing feeling and I think a wonderful way to send off your man.

May he be blessed and kept safe as he serves our country and...have a bonus of a photo of his child to keep close to his heart.

Wait to the latest possible time to have the ultrasound and hopefully you will be lucky and see what it is.
-- Jane RDMS

Jane Foley

Jane Foley has worked as a Sonographer (Ultrasound Technologist) since 1979. Jane has lived and worked in many parts of the world including Saudi Arabia. She is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or RDMS. She pulls a wealth of information from her experience in the field of Radiology and her interactions with such a broad cross-section of cultures she has visited. She now makes her home on the island of Maui with her English husband, Michael.