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Rachel, congrats with your first baby!
Ms. Miles, we found out for all three. We had a 4D ultrasound for one of them which was really cool. One of the benefits is the experience of seeing and hearing new life in the womb. It is an interesting perspective.
Yes! I found out as soon as I could. And I did not keep it a secret. Nor I did keep his name a secret. I'm thrilled that we can find out the sex of our babies before they're born... yes, it makes planning a whole lot easier! If I ever have it to do over again, I'd do the same thing.
A word of caution, though! I realize ultrasound technology has improved even in the 10 years since I had my baby, but a friend of mine who was pregnant at the same time I was found out she was having a girl. She had a shower and got girl clothes, picked out a girl name, girl, girl, girl. And when she had the baby? Nope! A boy!!! She spent a good deal of time returning girl clothes.
I'm currently 28 weeks pregnant with my first child and my husband and I found out as soon as we could! It is easier from a planning prospective to know whether you're having a girl or a boy. Although many of the larger items we registered for are gender neutral, my little girl already has a closet full of tiny pink clothes. It also makes picking out names much easier as you only have to come up with one name that you love (and can agree on), not two. On a more emotional level, I feel I've been able to connect with my baby more now that I know she's a girl.