At around your 20th week of pregnancy, your provider will request that you come into our office for a routine screening ultrasound. Many parents do not realize that the 20-week screening ultrasound is much more than a glimpse of their baby’s face or a gender reveal. It is an outstanding opportunity for your doctor to look at the baby’s growth and anatomy. If baby cooperates, you can see fingers, toes, spine, heart, kidney, and brain structures. We also measure the baby’s growth to make sure everything is on track for your gestational age. Occasionally, if we are unable to get proper measurements or views of specific body organs, we will check with your provider and request to have you follow up for more pictures during your 24-week visit.
For many parents-to-be, the “fun” part of the 20-week ultrasound is finding out the gender. Indicate to your sonographer if you wish to know the sex of your baby, and we will do our best to find out for you or keep it top secret! Because of crossed legs, body or hand position, views of your baby’s gender sometimes cannot be seen. In that situation, the sonographer will make every attempt to coax the baby to change positions in hopes of getting better views. In the rare instance that the gender still cannot be seen, insurance coverage and practice guidelines set forth by medical professional organizations prevent us from scheduling a future ultrasound solely for the purpose of identifying gender.