Pregnancy & Childbirth
There are no shortage of people out there telling you
non-medical ways to find out the sex of your baby. Many of these ways are
inaccurate old wives tales. They are fun to play with and most of them don't
involve anything dangerous. Some of the more common ones involve wedding rings
spinning or swaying, the size or shape of your pregnant belly and other
questions about pregnancy cravings or bed positioning. Do watch out for some of
the sketchy ones that include chemicals like Drano.
Old Wives Tales Quiz: Is your baby a boy or girl?
Is your baby a boy or girl? Ultrasound Quiz
The Ring Test
Chinese Gender Chart
How can you find out if baby is a girl or boy?:
The most commonly used method to find out the sex of your baby is ultrasound or
sonogram. This method is most accurate between 18-22 weeks. It is normally done
at the fetal anatomy survey done in the mid-second trimester.
At this point it is usually easier to tell the sex of the baby. Earlier dates
are usually too difficult to tell and later dates become difficult because of
crowding in the uterus.
Is your baby a boy or girl? Ultrasound Quiz
Boy Ultrasounds (Short Version)
Ultrasounds of Boys (Gallery Version)
Girl Ultrasounds (Short Version)
Ultrasounds of Girls (Gallery Version)
What factors play a part in ultrasound being accurate?:
There are many factors that can play a part in whether or not the ultrasound is
accurate in predicting the sex of your baby. They include:
the gestational age of baby
the equipment being used
the training of the person doing the ultrasound
For more information see:
How early can ultrasound tell the sex of your baby?
Telling Baby's Gender by Ultrasound
Ultrasound Pictures of Girls and Boys
Ramzi's Readings for Girl or Boy at Six Weeks
What other ways can you find out the sex of the baby?:
Other methods of sex prediction are more accurate but carry more risk to the
pregnancy. These methods can usually be done slightly earlier but are usually
only done if other factors are involved that require genetic testing.
The most commonly used methods are amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling
(CVS). These tests can be used earlier in pregnancy. They are also much more
accurate than ultrasound, with results very close to 100%. Most practitioners
will tell you 100%, but there have been lab errors. These are most often done in
the first trimester or early second trimester.
Sex Preference for Baby:
Let's face it, there are people who have very strong preferences for the sex of
their baby. Sometimes it comes from really feeling a strong connection to
raising a son or daughter. There are also families who have had a loss and feel
that a specific sex would be better for their families. Family balancing is
another reason that some families have a sex preference for one or more of the
Sex Preference for Baby?
Sex Selection Techniques: Choosing the Sex of Your Baby:
There are families who have such strong sex preferences that they choose to do
sex selection. Using techniques like MicroSort, preimplantation genetic
diagnosis (PGD) and Haplotyping (PGH), Shettles and other methods of sex
selection, they attempt to influence nature. Some techniques are very accurate
while others are not as reliable.
Sex Selection Techniques
How to Have a Boy
How to Have a Girl
Do you want to know if your baby is a boy or girl?:
About half of people surveyed say that they do want to know the sex of the baby
they are carrying. Some people want to have a surprise. Sometimes they want to
know but only in a second or subsequent pregnancy.
The most often stated reasons for finding out in pregnancy are planning reasons
and why not know. Some people want to plan for a nursery for their baby or buy
clothes for a specific sex of baby rather than wait until after the birth to
find out the sex. It's a personal issue and one hotly debated.
When You Don't Agree - Finding Out the Sex of Baby
Fun Ideas for Finding Out the Sex:
If you decide to find out, you may want to find out the sex of your baby in a
special way - something other than the ultrasound tech blurting it out. You can
get some ideas below or feel free to share what you did when you found out.
Creative Ways to Reveal the Sex of Your Baby
Finding Out the Sex: Fun Ideas
Readers Share: How did you find out the sex of your baby?
Pink or Blue Cake
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