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Poll: Did You Find Out the Sex?

"It's a boy!" and "It's a girl!" proclamations are no longer just made in the delivery room. As a pregnancy enters its 20th week, most moms-to-be are given the opportunity to learn the sex of the baby at their ultrasound. Though there don’t appear to be any conclusive studies, doctors estimate that 50 - 70 percent of their patients choose to learn the sex, while the remainder waits to be surprised.

I loved the suspense of being surprised with both my kids, what did you do?


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Catipa Catipa 9 years
I had to know as well, I wanted to be all ready for the big day.
Neural Neural 9 years
I had to know. I wanted to buy gender-specific clothes!!!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I wish I had the patience to wait to find out. I feel so paralyzed not knowing- like I can't look for names, pick out furniture or shop for anything. Generally I like surprises so it's weird that I get so panicky ;-)
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
I found out with all three, I had to know!
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I found out i was having twins at 7 weeks and i felt it important to find out their sex beforehand. There is just too much involved with having two babies to not get some pre-planning, shopping and decorating done. Glad i did...with two boys it was so much easier. I think if i have another one, i MIGHT wait to find out. Still...since i had two boys and i really want a girl...i might not be able to wait. ;)
ylatan ylatan 9 years
we do not find out. it's more fun for me that way. my rule is that i get to say if my baby is a boy or girl. i have homebirths, so that is easier for me. last time, i was so in awe of my new baby i forgot to look and my husband had to say WELL DID WE HAVE A BOY OR A GIRL??? and then i had to find my glasses. :)
thatgirljj thatgirljj 9 years
I didn't care so much one way or the other, but my husband REALLY wanted to know. Thankfully our little guy was flashing the whole world at our 18 week U/S. :-) Although I had an amnio as well, so we would have found out eventually.
jav0607 jav0607 9 years
My husband doesn't want to know, but I do. I think I would be too impatient not to know!
rgrl rgrl 9 years
See, that was my thing too, I couldn't wait to shop and decorate. You're way too busy to do that afterward, and I wouldn't trust anybody else to shop for my kid... not even my hubby :rotfl: although he hates shopping so that wouldn't happen anyway. With my first (a boy) we painted his room with blue stripes and got natural wood furniture, where for a girl I would have wanted white. Now with my second I will hopefully find out in a few weeks. :jumpin: If it's a boy, I hardly need to get anything new, but for a girl I will have to go shopping all over again.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
I don't have any children, but I will definately find out. I want to be prepared and be able to buy and receive personalized gifts.
backfat backfat 9 years
Urgh. I should get my ultrasound date on Friday. I can't wait. I found out with both my others and I wanted this one to be a surprise, but now it's killing me and I want to get down to some serious shopping.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
cutecurls, one thing I'd advise is to make a clear request to have nothing put in your chart. That was the problem with my first - the doctor marked it on my chart even though there was no need to. With my second, the doctor knew at the ultrasound but never noted it, so no one was able to spill the beans along the way. This time, they weren't able to tell at the ultrasound anyway, so there's no worries.
cutecurls cutecurls 9 years
I'm waiting. Hopefully no one will spill the beans and ruin the surprise.
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I wanted to know, but SweetPea made us wait to find out. She refused to cooperate with the ultrasound. If we get pregnant again, I'll try to find out again, too.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
If I ever have kids I would love to know. But I actually have never come across someone who didn't wait until delivery to find out. The suspense would kill me!
Greggie Greggie 9 years
We always pick a nickname during pregnancy so we have something to call the baby. My first was Marvin (as in the Martian), the second was Shadow, and this one's Linguini. *lol* I tend to use "he" pronouns and really confuse people who'd previously been told we weren't finding out. It's just habit after two boys.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I don't have any children yet but i would definately want to know. It's a surprise either way so i would like to know ahead of time and that way can get ready for the baby. Plus it would be nice to know so when you are talking to the baby you have something to call them.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
We decided to find out... I couldn't wait to know and it was so great since we had already chosen our names so when we heard it was a girl we started calling her by her name instead of it or the baby it was Alana :)
erinflower erinflower 9 years
My first was a surprise and my other two we knew, if we have another one it will be a surprise. One of the best moments of my life was hearing the doctor say "It's a boy"
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I did have two problems with my first delivery - after waiting 9 months (ok about 10 days short of 9 months) to find out what I was having, and having a huge note on my chart that said not to tell me, the nurse walked in while I was in labor and said "Do you want him circumsized?" Um. Thanks. I blew it off and told myself she was just preparing "in case" it was a boy. But then when he was delivered, no one told me what it was because they're so used to people knowing. *lol* And it was an emergency situation where my husband wasn't in the room yet. I had to ask my anesthesiologist.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Aw Greggie, that sounds awesome. I love the idea of my b/f (will be husband once we have kids b/c none before then!:)) telling me. And your right ... you could just get all the clothing afterwards. I know my mom would love to go on a baby clothes shopping spree!!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I don't have kids yet. My boyfriend wants to find out when we do get pregnant... but I kind of want to wait! So I have no idea what we are going to do.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
We wait. But I don't want to hear the doctor say it, I want to hear my husband say it. :) Our tradition is that once the baby's born, my husband goes on a clothes-shopping spree. So no green/yellow for us. By the time we're released from the hospital, he has us set up for the first few weeks. Then I add to it as needed. Which has also helped for us because it lets us know which size to get.
KeishaLee KeishaLee 9 years
I wanted to wait and hubby wanted to find out. I'm happy we found out. for some reason I felt like it helped me bond better. I was calling the baby her and lil girl instead of baby or bean. Up till the ultrasound I thought for sure I was having a boy. It was a huge shock to find out she was a girl. It took me a few days to actually believe it. I wonder if that would have been different if we would have waiting? Would actually having her in my arms not allow me to be shocked that she was a girl? hmmm......
SugarKat SugarKat 9 years
I wanted to know so that she didn't wear yellow and green for the first few months of life...
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