How soon can we get a gender check? We are going crazy with the waiting....
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Amie - posted on 08/12/2009
To have your Dr tell you by Ultrasound, it will be about 18-20 weeks just like everyone has mentioned. I went to Walgreens at about 10 weeks and bought a "Gender Prediction Test" for about $30. I still don't know if it was accurate, but we couldn't wait either and a best guess was better then nothing for us.
It is a urine test just like the EPT tests and supposedly can tell from hormone levels in the urine. The pamphlet said that in the lab tests, they were above 90% accurate and with at home, they were about 82% accurate. (Taking into account how we can mess things up sometimes.) Our cames back almost immediately as a boy, but we won't know for sure until next month at about 21 weeks when we get the ultrasound.
Just another option for you to look into. FYI - There is only one brand at Walgreens, it's a pink and blue box and sits with the other pregnancy and fertility testing supplies they have.
Best time is when you have your '20 week' ultrasound when they check to make sure baby is growing ok and all of his or her organs are looking healthy and where they are supposed to be. The boys parts don't start dropping until at least 12 weeks, usually around 16, so I wouldn't trust anything! before 16 weeks. Plus, my friends doc. said boy, all along... well it must have been the umbilical cord because when baby came out, they were all surprised to have an Emily! PLUS, how many surprises in life are there??? Let your first be a surprise and find out with the others! It's so fun finding out when time is up! It made me push that much harder to because I wanted to know so bad! Good Luck.
Hanna - posted on 08/13/2009
it's the 2nd or 3rd ultrasound that you do (i think 20 weeks) when they do the check of the baby's spinal cord, head, try to count the fingers/toes and also do the sequential screening or whichever test they run for genetic disorders, blood type and down syndrome. then as a bonus, they look between the legs and if baby is cooperating, then they'll tell you if it's a boy or a girl.
however, i would double-check at a later ultra-sound just to make sure and not buy any baby clothes or stuff until the last ultrasound (week 30 or 32) -- at that age, it's common for girls to have a bit of a swelling down there so sometimes they get it wrong. that way, you'll also have a good idea about how big the baby is going to be to see if maybe you'll need to skip the nuby clothes/diapers and go straight to 3 months or #1 diapers. good luck! btw, if your baby is going to be big & your car seat doesn't come with the stroller, i would skip the infant car seat & go straight to transitional one (i wish someone would have told me!) because they run from 5lb-65-85lb so for virtually the same money (and can be rear-facing or forward-facing), it'll last you at least twice as long. and if you really want to be fancy, buy the one that's up to 100 lbs, so you get the booster as well for when she gets older. good luck!
Sarah - posted on 08/13/2009
i also did a chinese gender prediction test on the internet before hand .. you just put in your birth date partners and due date .. something like that ... and that predicted a boy .. which is what the scan later said and i have a boy
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Eilidh - posted on 08/12/2009
They should be able to tell you at your 21 week scan. Are you sure you want to know? I loved the idea of not knowing for mine. My husband and I kept going back and forth on the idea and then when we went to the scan we decided not to find out. With my second child it was going to be the same but as my husband had a better view of the screen, he saw a little willy so he knew before me! how rude! lol.
Lindsey - posted on 08/11/2009
They now have a Jack and Jill test that is strictly a blood test. They can do this test as early as 12 weeks. They do also test for genetic defects along with the sex of the baby. We went for our 8 week appt. yesterday (baby # 2) and my doctor told me that insurance is now covering this testing.
Sam - posted on 08/11/2009
I was told you can find out the earliest at 12 wks but I didnt find out till 18 wks, i would advise dont buy anything blue or pink until you have had your 20 wk scan, maybe even one after that, asking them to tell you each time just to be sure!
Amber - posted on 08/10/2009
my friend found out at 14 weeks but she was having ultrasounds every could of weeks but around where i live it is normal to find out at around 18-20 weeks i found out at 21 because of scheduling and let me tell you i was so excited because the doc had just gotten a 4D machine the week before so i was able to see my baby in 4D and it was awesome. it is the greatest thing to be able to see your baby before its born and to know the sex is even better! but beware the baby might not be in a good position to be able to tell what it is i have had a couple of friends to still don't know and they are due any day. hope it works out for you
Bethany - posted on 08/09/2009
We had our first checked at 19 or 20 weeks, don't remember which. The doctor said that's the best time because the baby is big enough to tell gender fairly accurately, but small enough that they are more mobile in your womb, and thus more likely to be in a good position for viewing. :)
Hope you get to find out soon!
Katarina - posted on 08/09/2009
Weeks of gestation 11 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks 14 weeks
Ability to assign fetal
gender % age group 68% 88% 94% 98%
fetal gender 50% 84% 90% 94%
Male fetuses incorrectly
assigned as female 41% 13% 8% 5%
Female fetuses incorrectly
assigned as male 9% 3% 2% 1%
Gender correct from
100 baby scans 34 80 85 92
Prenatal gender assignment by ultrasound has a high accuracy rate at 12 to 14 weeks. At 11 weeks there was an error rate of 50% and only 14/100 assigned correct male gender. In the male fetuses after 12 weeks, there was a significant increase in the angle of the genital tubercle from the horizontal. The accuracy of sex determination increased with gestation.
Also check out this site. I used it my entire pregnancy
Iysha - posted on 08/09/2009
I think it's between 20 and 23 wks... I had to wait until 23 weeks, my doctor was booked and i couldn't get an appointment until then. After you do know what sex your baby is going to be, your pregnancy will go by fast. All the anticipation makes things seem like it's taking forever. Congratulations!
Janina - posted on 08/09/2009
you can find out when you go for your mandatory ultra sound. i forget how long it was. but i think it is like 3 or 4 months. but do you remember when your 5 years old on christmas say and that box with your name on it. and you are so excited to open it but you have to wait! that is what it feels like to not know the gender!
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