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Finding out the gender of your baby

Advice on the prediction methods and tests that may be used to determine the gender of your baby and help you find out whether to expect a little boy or girl.
There are several ways to find out the gender of your baby before birth; you can find out the gender of you baby through ultrasound or as a result of one or two diagnostic tests. :

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

This diagnostic test is usually performed between 8 and 11 weeks gestation, sometimes as late as 13 weeks. This is generally a test for people who have a high risk of genetic abnormalities. Test results are available within 7 to 14 days. As a by product of doing the test it is also possible to find out the sex of your baby, however there is a small chance that the sex they determine is wrong.

Amniocentesis

This is a diagnostic test that is performed as early as 9 weeks. The tests take about 2-4 weeks to run. Again from an amniocentesis it is possible to find out the sex of your baby however again there is a small chance that the sex they tell you is incorrect.

Ultrasound

Whilst ultrasound can be performed at any stage of pregnancy, for the purpose of finding out the sex of your baby it is best done between 18 and 26 weeks. Most hospitals will not give an ultrasound for the specific purpose of finding out the sex of baby, but you can ask at some hospitals whilst undergoing your 20 week scan. However some hospitals do have a policy of not telling any pregnant woman the sex of her baby. Ultrasound is the most frequent way of finding out the sex of your baby, however accuracy depends on several factors including baby's cooperation, gestational age, technician's ability, etc.

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I remember it well: We were a couple who wanted to wait until birth to find out if it was going to be a girl or a boy. We were both present for the ultrasound where we could have found out the gender if we had wanted that information. We both knew that an ultrasound picture does not always reveal the sex of the baby but that if a penis could be seen, then it was clearly a boy. We told the attendant that we did not want to know the babay's sex. She said, "OK, then I won't tell you." I then made the mistake of asking her if she knew the sex and she said that she did, for sure. This made me think that it was a boy and, as it turned out, it was.
by rubibo 13th Dec 2010, 8:50am
hi newmum2011. Congratulations. sorry you cant find out on your first scan. x to early
by babe777 17th Nov 2010, 9:00am
can i find out the sex of my baby at my first scan?
by newmum2011 7th Sep 2010, 8:55am
I used GenderMaker to predict the gender of my baby
by tomymommy 23rd Aug 2010, 10:26am
hi, this is my 2nd child. ive gone ultrasound for my 1st baby and the result was not accurate. they told me it was a boy and it came out to be a girl. anybody here can tell me any other way to check the gender, maybe any experience?
by lynnecutie 11th Aug 2010, 5:34pm
Has anyone used Fortunebaby gender prediction test
by linda01 18th May 2010, 4:55pm
Hi, my partner is already thinking of wanting to know d sex of the baby and i just found out d wknd i was pregnant, has anyone else found out the sex of there baby????
by Shelleyxxx 14th May 2010, 3:57pm
Hi anyone due in July?
Im 5 months now and i only feel little flutters i would really like to experience the "kicks" everyone is talking about how many months does this usually begin, it is my second pregrancy!
by muggy 25th Mar 2009, 9:14am
ive never had it happen but i know that with a boy its a lot more unsure bcuz of the umbilical cord id jst be happy u got the girl u wanted and take make the blue clothes sell them on ebay or give them to charity hun
by mrswolfbane 3rd Dec 2007, 8:40am
hi i have 3 boys and am 24 weeks pregnant and would love a girl i went for a gender scan at 16 weeks and thay told me it was a boy so i got used to the fact it was another boy and was happy and started buying blue then at 20 weeks we went to the hospital for my scan and thay said it was a girl has eney one had the same thing happen
by wondering 29th Oct 2007, 8:35am

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