Are you wondering when you can find out the gender of your unborn baby? Are you curious as to when you’ll learn if you’re having a boy or girl? Just want to know how much longer you’ll have to wait to find out the sex of the baby? Want to know if you can start buying pink or blue?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, some of the top searches on yahoo are “when can you find out if its a boy or girl” and “when do you learn the gender of your baby.”
Some moms have actually learned the gender of their babies as early as eleven weeks gestation. While that is very rare, it is possible to determine the sex of the baby at 11-12 weeks. However, the accuracy rates at this time are not very high.
I found out that my son was a boy at just 14 weeks into my pregnancy. It was by chance that I got to hear this wonderful news. I was having some unusual pain, and very slight bleeding. After calling the on-call nurse, I was informed that I needed to go to the ER. I did, and they did an ultrasound. The sonographer, who had completed thousands of gender scans, told me she could tell he was a little boy. However, she warned us that if we bought clothing, to keep the tags on.
With my second son, I found out at the 18 week ultrasound. My doctor performed the test and had no problem determining that he was a boy.
Generally, most moms will find out the gender of their baby at an ultrasound around 18-20 weeks. Some sooner, some later. Unless you are having complications, you will have one ultrasound at the beginning of your pregnancy, and one at about 18-20 weeks gestation.
However, there are some mothers who have learned the gender of their baby as early as 5 weeks gestation. According to this MSNBC article here, this blood test can accurately determine if a mom is carrying a boy or girl. However, I have known of one mother who had this test done and was told she was having a boy. She was surprised at her 18 week ultrasound to learn she was actually having a girl.
There are online forums where you can discuss gender determination by ultrasound and blood test. Click here for an “Ultrasound Gender Prediction” forum. You can discuss prenatal gender DNA tests here. And of course, you can discuss the fun of learning your baby’s gender on online pregnancy forums. Read “Helpful Websites for Pregnant Moms” for recommended links.
In conclusion, most moms will not learn their gender of their baby until around 20 weeks gestation. However, some can find out through earlier ultrasounds, or even a blood test.
Try to be patient. You’ll learn soon enough! Read “20 Important Things to Do During Your Pregnancy” for some helpful tips and advice. You also might check out “Pregnancy Facts Every Mom Must Know to Protect Her Baby.” Please remember that it’s important to consult with your obstetrician for all medical advice.
Congratulations on your little miracle! Enjoy your pregnancy. Have a happy and healthy nine months. Happy Parenting!