One of the questions most want to know right after they get pregnant is whether it is a boy or girl. You will find people will always ask if you ‘know yet’ or if you are going to wait and find out. This can be a very exciting time, regardless of when you find out.

If you decide you want to find out as soon as possible, it can be done a few different ways. The most common is on an ultrasound, usually around 16-20 weeks. There are times where it may be too soon to see or if the baby isn’t positioned properly to tell. If this happens, you will need to schedule another ultrasound.

During the pregnancy, gender can also be confirmed by blood tests after 10 weeks (NiPT – Noninvasive Prenatal Testing). These tests may be called by their brand names: Harmony, MaterniT21, Panorama, and Verifi. These tests usually cost around $200-$300 USD. Many insurances will cover a portion of these costs.

Another way to tell is by amniocentesis, which is commonly done between 15 and 20 weeks. Amniocentesis is a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections, and also used for sex determination in which a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissues, is sampled from the amniotic sac. This requires the use of a needle, which is inserted through the vagina and cervix, into the womb.