As a mama-to-be, it’s natural to be curious about your baby’s sex. Often the first thought after you get a positive pregnancy test is, am I having a boy or girl?
At some point in your pregnancy, an ultrasound or test can tell you what your baby’s sex is — but that seems so far away! And you want to know now! Are you looking at your belly and wondering how to tell the sex of your baby? Read on for some fun tips on how to tell if they’re a boy or girl.
Medical tests to find out baby’s gender
Let’s start by talking about the proven medical methods of finding out your baby’s sex.
Most people find out their baby’s gender at the 20-week anatomy scan. By that time, your baby’s genitalia is developed enough that your ultrasound tech will be able to identify the sex easily (unless your baby is crossing their legs). So this scan is pretty accurate.
There are also blood tests than can determine your baby’s sex. Mamas over 35 commonly receive these blood tests as part of their prenatal care. These tests identify the baby’s chromosomes in the DNA present in mama’s blood stream.
In case you’ve forgotten middle school bio: boys have an X and Y chromosome, and girl’s have two X chromosomes. These blood tests have an accuracy rate of approximately 95-to-99%, according to 57 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
There are also some blood tests available for sale, such as the Blue or Pink Early Gender Test, which looks for the Y male chromosome in a few blood drops obtained via a finger prick. The presence of a Y chromosome indicates a boy, and the absence, a girl.
If you are receiving an amniocentesis, you can also find out the baby’s gender during this test.
Hints you might be having a boy or girl
Okay, let’s move on to the fun stuff. You want to know if there are any hints or clues you can use to predict your baby’s gender. Well, we have to say first, there is no magic “boy or girl predictor.” But there are some signs that women have looked to for generations to predict a baby’s sex.
Who knows, maybe they’ll work for you! These signs include:
Most expectant mamas experience some level of morning sickness. If you’re one of those women that experiences severe nausea and vomiting, it’s said that you might be having a girl. On the other hand, a lack of morning sickness, or mild morning sickness, may mean you’re expecting a baby boy.
➡️ Related: When Does Morning Sickness Start?
Boy or girl heart rate predictor
Mamas across generations have believed that a fetal heart rate lower than 140 beats per minute signals a boy, while a heart rate above 140 beats per minute means it’s a baby girl. Medical research conducted in 2018 on 10,000 pregnancies showed that even though the heart rate for girls may have been slightly higher than that of boys, the difference is very small and may not be the most accurate method to use. Fetal heart rate depends on a variety of factors, including the baby’s health, age, and activity.
Sweet vs. savory cravings
Can’t live without those precious pregnancy milkshakes? Since girls are “sugar and spice and everything nice,” mamas who crave sweets are believed to be expecting girls. Or maybe all you want in the world is Szechuan noodles? Well, cravings for spicy, salty or sour foods are thought to indicate a boy.
So, can you really predict, boy or girl?
Let’s just say, you probably shouldn’t pick your nursery color scheme based on your cravings or levels of morning sickness. However, if you want a fun way to pass the time before your blood test or 20-week scan – or some fodder for a baby shower game – use these gender clues to make some guesses!