When Will Your Doctor Know Your Baby’s Gender

When Will Your Doctor Know Your Baby's Gender

One of the hardest things about being pregnant is wondering if your baby is a boy or a girl. After all, you’ve worked hard figuring out how to get pregnant with a boy or girl in particular, perhaps. Of course, many couples choose not to find out the sex of their baby, and leave it to be a surprise.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, for many women, the anticipation is just too much to bear. You want to pick out a name, you want to start buying clothes, and you want to decorate a nursery. Those things are all dependent on whether or not your bundle of joy needs pink or blue! So, the question is, how long until you can find out your baby’s gender???

Amniocentesis

There are some genetic tests such as amniocentesis that can determine your baby’s sex as early as 11 weeks, but those methods are invasive. They are not usually recommended for women unless they have a high risk of chromosomal abnormalities. However, your baby’s girl or boy parts will start to develop around the 13th week. However, since not all babies develop the same, it can be hard to see this on an ultrasound this early.

Boutique ultrasounds

If you want to wait until your doctor or ultrasound tech can clearly see your baby’s genitals, you need to wait until around 20 weeks. This is usually when most doctors recommend ultrasounds for gender determination, since the baby’s girl/boy parts should be further developed by this time.

Of course there are special “boutique” ultrasound companies that offer gender ultrasounds much earlier than this, but they are pricey, and you can’t always get a good look at baby’s boy/girl parts. If they can’t tell what sex your baby is, you don’t get your money back either!

20-week standard ultrasound

Our advice is to wait until your doctor is able to schedule you for a gender determination ultrasound. This is usually the twenty week ultrasound and that is not too long to wait. Of course, you can be pretty sure with the high tech ultrasounds that we are able to have today, but never put all of your eggs in one basket.

The stories of moms filling their houses with pink lacy bows only to bring home a bouncing baby boy are few and far between these days, but they do still happen. So, basically our advice is this: the longer you can wait to have a gender determination ultrasound, the more likely you are to get an accurate answer! Good luck, and try to wait patiently!

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.