Baby Boy Ultrasound Pictures
One of the exciting times of the pregnancy is when one gets to find out the baby’s gender (if they so choose). However, in most cases it could be a great mystery on the ultrasound screen. Ultrasounds are hard to decipher if you are not used to looking at them all day long, so we hope that with the images below, you would be better equipped to understand your ultrasound pictures!
Ultrasound comes in many variations, but in the field of medicine only certain frequencies are used in order to protect the surrounding tissue while still having the sound waves penetrate to the needed depth. In short, ultrasound machines use sound waves with varying frequency to construct an image on the screen. This technology dates back many decades and has evolved today to show images in amazing detail. At A Date With Baby, we use 3D/4D/5D ultrasound technology to create the astonishingly detailed images of the baby.
Gender is mainly determined using the old fashioned 2D ultrasound imaging, but if the baby permits, 3D imaging will bring clarity to the whole experience never seen before.
Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll likely be getting 2-3 ultrasound appointment through your doctor, all of which are aimed to obtain different information about the baby to better understand their development and health. Unfortunately, in many cases gender reveal is not an important medical metric, and is not prioritized during those scans. This is where we can help! Our team can determine your baby’s gender as early as 16 weeks of pregnancy, and with a much higher degree of firstname.lastname@example.org
How Early Can The Gender Be Seen
At our studios, we recommend coming in for the gender reveal at 15-16 weeks. Prior to this the accuracy is not good at all, and mistakes can be made.
While the first ultrasound is usually scheduled by your doctor at around 11-14 weeks, the gender is still not visible at that point by ultrasound. Various important measurements will be performed at this stage to ensure proper developement thus far.
At this stage of baby’s development, it is not possible to distinguish between the genders with ultrasound. In broad terms, the both sexes look the same at this gestational age, as they both have a genital tubercle which will later develop into either a penis or a clitoris.
Once the baby is of appropriate gestational age, we can start seeing the difference in the external genitalia with boys and girls. While this development takes place around 12 weeks or so, ultrasound will show the gender accurately (in the hands of a trained specialist) around 15-16 weeks. There exists a method of trying to determine the sex of the baby earlier that this, but most accurate process overall is to wait until the baby has had enough time to develop.
What to look for with baby boy ultrasound
At an appointment for the baby boy ultrasound we look for the scrotum and the penis in the shot sometimes called the “potty shot” where both things are visible and there is a clear space between them. The scrotum will appear as a circle while the penis will be a thicker cylindrical shape attached right on top of the scrotum. This is sometimes called a turtle sign, because of the whole thing resembling a turtle with its head out of the shell.