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When can I find out the sex of the baby?


Undoubtedly, the gender of the baby is one of the most frequently asked questions by expectant couples. So, when will the baby's gender be determined and when can it be determined, I wanted to clarify this issue in this article.





It is the father who determines the sex of the baby. Males have an XY chromosome in their genetic makeup, and females have an XX chromosome. While the egg, which is a female reproductive cell, always has an X chromosome, the sperm, which is a male reproductive cell, has either an X or a Y chromosome. If the egg cell containing the X chromosome is fertilized with a sperm containing the Y chromosome, the baby will be male because it contains the XY chromosome, and if fertilized with the sperm containing the X chromosome, the baby will be a girl because it contains the XX chromosome.




The sex of the baby is actually determined at the time of fertilization. But we detect this with ultrasonography at the earliest 12-14 weeks. It is most clearly seen around 16-17 weeks. In order for the baby's gender to be seen on ultrasonography, its legs should be open and in a suitable position and the water should be at a sufficient level.


Apart from ultrasonography, NIPT (non-invasive prenatal diagnosis test), amniocentesis and chorionic villus biopsy examinations, which are actually performed for genetic examination, can also determine the baby's gender. However, in these tests, if there is no abnormality in the sex chromosomes, the sex of the baby is not legally disclosed to the couples.


Apart from these methods, there are various fun methods in different societies regarding gender prediction. But none of this has a scientific basis.

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