How soon can you find out baby's gender?
You may find out your baby’s gender during an ultrasound done between the 18th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy. But if the doctor isn’t able to view the genitals of the baby clearly they may not be able to tell the gender of the baby for sure.
Although the formation of the vulva or penis of a baby starts occurring by the 6th week of pregnancy, girl and boy babies look quite similar during a first-trimester ultrasound and till about 14th week of pregnancy. By the 18th week, your doctor may be able to determine the sex of your baby if they are lying in a position that makes their genitals visible.
You may also find out the gender of your baby by having non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) that is usually done at the 10th week of pregnancy. It is a blood test, which helps in detecting Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. This test can also find out fetal DNA present in your blood, which may help in determining whether your baby is a girl or a boy. This test is usually intended for females who have a higher risk of carrying a baby with genetic disorders. But those who have lower risk can undergo the test as well. You may discuss with your doctor whether this blood test is the appropriate early baby gender prediction method for you or not.
You may find out the gender of your baby from genetic testing methods such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). CVS is generally performed between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy and amniocentesis is performed between the 15th and 20th weeks.
According to the claims made by the Ramzi’s theory, you may predict the sex of your baby by as early as the 6th week of your pregnancy by seeing the images of your ultrasound.
Ways to find out the Baby's Gender
We will discuss three most popular methods in detail and outline their accuracy in determining the gender of your baby.
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Having an ultrasound is one of the early baby gender prediction methods. Your doctor usually performs an ultrasound between the 18th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy. They may examine your baby’s genitals and look for different signs, which suggest whether the baby is a girl or a boy. As already stated, even during an ultrasound scan the doctor may not be able to find out the gender of the baby due to various circumstances. The baby may not be cooperating and lying in a position where their genitals are not visible. In such cases, you may require a repeat ultrasound scan. If you are having twins, determining the genders becomes even more of a challenge.
Ultrasound signs for determining baby's sex
There are some signs in the ultrasound pictures the technician or doctor uses to find out the gender of your baby. These signs are:
- The absence of a penis: one of the signs indicating that your baby may be a girl is the absence of a penis on the ultrasound. It’s simple: if the doctor doesn’t find a penis on the ultrasound, then your baby is a girl. However, during the first-trimester ultrasound, the shape and size of penis and clitoris are roughly the same.
- The hamburger sign: another sign ultrasound sign indicating that your baby may be a girl, is the hamburger sign (appears as three lines). A girl’s genitals may look like a hamburger — the clitoris is situated between the two labia).
- The turtle sign: the turtle sign on an ultrasound indicates that your baby may be a boy. In this sign, the tip of the penis appears to peek out from behind the baby’s testicles. This sign is difficult to see in some babies, hence doctors look for multiple signs in an ultrasound while determining the sex of a baby.
- The erect penis: baby boys may have erections even in the uterus. If your doctor is looking at the ultrasound scan during that point of time, they may notice a penis that is very clearly defined. This makes determining the gender of a baby much easier.
Genetic testing methods such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS) are also among the early baby gender prediction methods. These tests are generally performed to determine whether the baby suffers from a chromosomal abnormality or a genetic disorder such as Down’s syndrome. Amniocentesis is a type of genetic testing in the uterus in which your physician takes out a small quantity of amniotic fluid from the uterus using a fine, long needle. Some of the cells of your baby are present in the amniotic fluid, which is used to determine whether your baby suffers from any genetic disorders and also the gender of your baby. Amniocentesis is generally performed between the 15th and 20th week of pregnancy.
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is also a type of genetic testing in the uterus, which is done to determine whether your baby suffers from any congenital defects such as Down’s syndrome and also the gender of your baby. During this procedure, your doctor removes a sample from the chorionic villi, which is a tissue present in the placenta containing information about the genes of the baby. CVS is generally performed between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy.
Genetic testing methods carry a risk of miscarriage and they are generally reserved for older females (age greater than 35 years) or couples who have a family history of genetic disorders. Hence, you should talk to your physician whether they are the suitable early baby gender prediction methods for you.
Ramzi’s method is another prediction method that claims to find out the gender of your baby by as early as the 6th week of pregnancy. According to Ramzi’s theory, the placement of the placenta in your uterus may determine the sex of your baby. If the location of the placenta is on the right side then the baby is a boy; if the location of the placenta is on the left side then the baby is a girl. However, no evidence exists to back up the Ramzi’s method of sex determination. But you may try this method by having the first-trimester ultrasound at six to eight weeks of pregnancy and ask your doctor about the placement of the placenta in your uterus.
How accurate are early baby gender prediction methods?
Ultrasounds may be quite accurate in predicting the gender of your baby when done between the 18th and the 22nd week of pregnancy. But mistakes still happen. For instance, if you are obese or overweight, carrying twins, or your baby is lying in a position to make their genitals invisible, it may become difficult to determine the sex of your baby by an ultrasound.
Genetic testing methods such as amniocentesis and CVS are extremely accurate in predicting the sex of your baby. However, as already stated above, they carry a risk of miscarriage, so they are not performed on every woman.
There is no evidence to prove the Ramzi’s theory of gender prediction. It’s just guesswork and there are 50 percent chances of getting it correct by this method.
Is it harder to find out the genders if you have twins?
Yes, it may be harder to find out the gender of your babies if you are having twins or multiple babies as the babies may hide their siblings and; hence, make it difficult to determine the gender of each of your baby.