Ella Walsh July 03, For many expectant parents, the idea of waiting the full nine months before discovering the sex of their baby is not something they want to do. Blame it on our need for instant gratification or our desire to colour co-ordinate the nursery and the baby clothes, but more and more parents-to-be are choosing to find out the sex of their baby during pregnancy rather than waiting to enjoy the big surprise at birth.
The guessing game begins almost as soon as you get a positive result on a pregnancy test. Will it be a girl? Or a boy?
Boy or girl? Here's everything you need to know about when you can find out the gender of your baby through ultrasound. This is one of the most common questions doctors get from parents-to-be.
As the big day drew near for both of my sons' births, I was going nuts with anticipation and excitement. Excitement about adding to our family and becoming a dad, for sure, but also because I was finally going to get the answer to a very important question -- are we having a boy or a girl? Yup, that's right. We didn't find out.
Check out our guide on when you can find out the gender of your baby and how. Get a head start preparing for your baby with Bounty Parenting Club. This usually takes place between 16 weeks and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Here you'll find fun trick and tools for determining whether it's going to be a boy or a girl. The process by which your baby becomes a boy or a girl, according to what's written in his or her genetic code, is awe-inspiring. Watch it all unfold.
You may find out if your baby is male or female during an ultrasound done between the 18th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy. But if the doctor can't see 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 till about the 14th week of pregnancy.
BLUE or pink, boy or girl Now scientists believe a mum-to-be's blood pressure before she gets pregnant could determine her baby's sex. It's spawned countless theories - some say if your bump is low it's a boy, while others swear a quick foetal heart rate signals a little girl.
Sometimes, knowing the sex of the unborn baby is desired for medical purposes. For example, when a specific genetic disease runs in the family and is gender specific. That said, most of the time, people wish to know out of pure curiosity. Just over half of men and women want to find out the sex of their baby before the birth.