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Elective Ultrasounds During Pregnancy

Did You Opt For an Elective Ultrasound?

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Remember when you were little and you used to say, “But Mom, everyone else is . . . ,” and she would respond, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?” I feel like that right now. I feel like “everyone” is paying for elective gender-revealing ultrasounds and I can’t help feeling “but everyone else is . . . ”

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This is my fourth baby. I remember some people paying for elective ultrasounds when I was pregnant with my second and third, but anecdotally it feels like there is a huge increase now. My August 2012 Birth Club is filled with elective ultrasound gender-reveal results. And I’m having a hard time resisting getting one.

My reasons to resist:

  1. I like how finding out the sex of the baby at 20 weeks divides the pregnancy into two parts. I feel like if I found out the sex at 16 weeks, the rest of the pregnancy would just drag on and on.
  2. Money! Elective ultrasound aren’t cheap: $100 seems like a lot when I could just be patient for a few more weeks.
  3. Guilt. What is wrong with me that getting an elective ultrasound makes me feel guilty just thinking about it? There’s a part of me that feels like it’s cheating. I realize that makes no sense, but that’s how I feel.

It’s hard to wait. Especially reading how happy some members are with their elective ultrasounds.

But I’m waiting. The clock is ticking down, and I now have less than two weeks until I have my 20-week ultrasound. And I do know it’s about way more than gender. In fact, I know that finding out the sex is just a small part of the ultrasound, and the purpose is determining the health of the baby. But still, I’m excited to know if my three boys will get a brother or a sister.

Did you get an elective ultrasound to find out the sex of your baby? Was it worth it? Or did you wait until the 20-week ultrasound?

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