So how and when can you find out the sex of the baby? Keep reading. The test analyzes a sample of your blood, looking at tiny fragments of fetal DNA that are released from the placenta into your bloodstream. When you can get results: The test is most reliable starting at 10 weeks of pregnancy, Schaffir says, and results usually take about 10 days. Chorionic villus sampling CVS is a test used to diagnose certain chromosomal abnormalities like Down syndrome and genetic problems like cystic fibrosis in baby. It can be done one of two ways: By inserting a thin plastic tube through your cervix known as a transcervical CVS or a needle through your belly a transabdominal CVS to reach the placenta and gather a small sample of placental tissue to test.
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. The position of the baby during the ultrasound is key, and if your baby's curled up or facing the wrong way, you may have to wait until your next appointment. For obvious reasons, it's usually easier to see if your baby is a boy.
Throughout history, many parents didn't want to wait until the actual birth to find out. They'd wave crystals over the mother or consult the stars. Now, of course, there are much more accurate ways to determine gender before a baby is born. If you're at least 12 weeks pregnant, your doctor can probably tell you the sex of your baby with a high degree of confidence. That is, if you really want to know.
It is also unlikely you will find out the sex with an NHS scan at 16 weeks, as generally, the only scans you are given in the first and second trimester is the week dating scan, where telling the sex is not possible, and the 20 week anomaly scan. Some private scanning places have deals which often include 4D peeks, teddy bears and photos, and even a little video of your bub moving around. And, if you want to make the sex a surprise, you can always ask the sonographer to keep it private, and write it down in an envelope for you so that you can have a reveal later on, with both private and NHS scans.