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Video:When Will Your Doctor Know the Baby's Gender?

with Dr. Stuart James Fischbein

Learning your baby's gender is important to some new parents. Watch this video to find out when your doctor can tell you if it's a boy or girl.See Transcript

Transcript:When Will Your Doctor Know the Baby's Gender?

Hello, I'm Dr. Stuart James Fischbein. I'm a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. My website is www.BirthingInstincts.com and I'm here today on behalf of About.com to discuss when will your doctor know the baby's sex? A common question that a lot of couples ask is how soon can we know the sex or when can the doctor tell the sex of the baby?

Information About Finding Out a Baby's Gender

Barring any sort of genetic testing, which of course would give you the results of the sex, something you can determine by Chorionic Villus Sampling which is called CVS or Amniocentesis where a needle is taken and some fluid drawn off and the cells cultured, that will give you a determination of the baby's sex, whether it has two X chromosomes for a girl or an XY chromosome for a boy. As far as visually being able to tell the sex, as early as about 12-13 weeks a good ultrasound technologist or specialist can probably give you a good guess, but truly it still is a guess, but by 14, 15, 16 weeks, ultrasound is pretty definitive as to whether it's a boy or a girl.

Getting an Ultrasound to Find out a Baby's Gender

Often you don't need an ultrasound at 14, 15 weeks so usually the earliest time that your doctor can tell the sex for certain would be at the 20-week ultrasound. There is very little chance for error there. Everybody has a story about a baby that may have been told the wrong sex but that is the rarity. It's sort of like those things tend to be talked about, whereas normal doesn't. It's like no one talks about all the planes that landed safely today – we only talked about the planes that crashed yet a million planes will land safely for every 1 that crashes. Same thing in determining your baby's sex, and as a matter of fact the same thing in pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Women's Health

People tend to talk about pregnancy outcomes that may be scary or worrisome and I'd just like to reassure the viewers today that pregnancy is a normal function of a woman's body and whether you're having a boy or a girl, the pregnancy is going to proceed normally almost all of the time. Take good care of yourself. Determine whether or not you want to determine the sex. Some people like to know right away, some people want to put it in an envelope so that they can open it up over a nice dinner, and some people want to keep it a secret until the baby comes out so that the father or mother can announce the sex to everyone in the room. Whichever you choose, about 20 weeks is the best time to determine the sex with a great degree of certainty. Again, I'm Dr. Stuart James Fischbein.

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