Are you expecting a girl or boy?
By about 18-20 weeks the ultrasound can identify the sex of your baby, if you want to know.
If you don’t want to know, it might be a good idea to tell the sonographer straight away in case you accidentally get a glimpse. If your baby is turning away from the sonographer and you can’t get a clear enough picture of it’s genitals, you may have to wait a bit longer – lots of babies don’t play by the rules.
Even the best sonographers can’t guarantee if your baby is a boy or a girl, so don’t go too mad decorating the nursery or buying baby clothes until you have your baby in your arms and you have physical proof.
Although there is no evidence that the shape of your bump, or whether you suffered from morning sickness or not means you will have either a boy or a girl, you will no doubt be told during your pregnancy what other people think you are having! Here is a round up of the best myths: (but bear in mind that they are myths and some women experience girl 'symptoms' for a boy and vice versa.)
You might be carrying a girl if:
- You suffered from morning sickness during the first trimester
- You're carrying your bump 'all round' and your bum, hips and thighs seem to have put on weight
- You crave sweeter foods
- You don't have a blooming pregnancy and have spottier skin and dull lifeless or greasy hair
- Your baby's heartbeat is faster than 140 beats per minute.
Your might be carrying a boy if:
- Your bump is all out the front, is low and no-one can tell you are pregnant from behind
- You had a blooming pregnancy
- You didn't suffer from morning sickness
- You crave salty foods
- Your partner wears loose boxer shorts!
- Your baby's heartbeat is lower than 140 beats per minute.