As a new mother, it is quite natural for you to feel curious about the life that you are carrying inside you.
It is a great feeling, and naturally, you would be excited to know if you are going to have a boy or girl so that you can plan your shopping and life accordingly.
Many new mothers have this question in their heads– “When can I get to know if my baby is a girl or a boy.” This article attempts to throw some light into this matter.
What’s the usual procedure?
You will be able to identify the sex of your baby only when its genitals are clearly formed. Usually, women get to know about their baby’s sex when they are around 16 to 20 weeks pregnant.
The ultrasound reports will give you a clear idea about the baby’s body parts and hence you can be sure.
Mostly, it is around the 14th week that the doctors get to know about the sex of your baby as the penis and vulva parts would have been almost completely formed by then.
Nevertheless, doctors do wait for a month more after this time so that they can get a clearer picture in the ultrasound that is taken in the 16th week or so.
The mid-pregnancy period is the time when you get to know the sex of your baby. Before this period, the baby is too under-formed for you to get a clear idea and after this period, the baby starts growing in size, thereby not giving you a clear view of the genitals.
It is suggested that you take an ultrasound when you are anywhere between your 18th and 20th week of pregnancy to get an accurate idea of the sex of your baby.
Uncommon tests carried out
Sometimes, you can also find out the gender of your baby earlier than the time specified above. This is possible when you undergo certain tests such as the NIPT (Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing) to identify Downs Syndrome in your baby.
This test is conducted when you are 10weeks pregnant, and the traces of the male chromosomes in the mother’s blood are enough to tell you the gender of your baby.
Some other tests like CVS (chorionic villus sampling) and amniocentesis are carried out when the mother is 10 t0 13 weeks pregnant. These tests can also be done throughout the pregnancy period.
These are genetic tests conducted to ascertain if the baby suffers from Downs Syndrome or other genetic disorders.
Not many mothers prefer this test because there is a risk of miscarriage in these tests, mainly due to their invasive technique.
Thanks to advancements in the medical world, you can now find out the gender of your baby even when you are just six weeks pregnant.
A new test, known as Ramzi’s Method or Ramzi’s Readings, identifies the gender of your baby very early, by getting an ultrasound done on your placenta.
However, not all doctors have this technology in their hospitals, right now.
In a nutshell, in a normal scenario, you will get to know the gender of your baby when you are found 4 to 5 months pregnant. Keep your fingers crossed, until then!
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