Finding out the sex of your baby is often one of the most fun parts of pregnancy (that is, if you want to find out the sex). Although some people prefer the gender reveal to occur during birth, others will want to know sooner so they can make important medical decisions ahead of time. And even those who want to know don't want to wait till the 20-week ultrasound to learn. So, rather than rely on accuracy, they turn to the signs you're having a boy.
It's important to remember that many gender indicators are rooted in myth, and although they can be fun, they may have no actual scientific basis. The more absolute ways of finding out the gender are through your medical provider. "Non-invasive testing or NIPT, is a blood test you can do as early as 10 weeks," Dr. Sherry A. Ross, author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period tells Romper. NIPT is becoming more standard practice for all pregnant women and is performed to check for chromosomal conditions including: Trisomy 21 for Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, 16, and 13. As an added feature, the results can also reveal gender.
The other way to tell gender is through more invasive prenatal tests. Ross says you can do Chronic Villi Samping (CVS) as early as 11 weeks, or Amniocentisis, which is done at 16 to 18 weeks. She explains that these tests, "are typically recommended for pregnant women over 40 or for those with high-risk pregnancies." Basically, their main purpose is for health reasons, not for gender determination.
Additionally, sonograms are another surefire way to find out the gender of your baby. "For a girl, at 16 weeks there would be a diamond sign," Ross says. "The technician or OB would be able to look between the legs and see that sign." As for determining if it's a boy she says the image on the screen will be very obvious. "For boys, you can literally see the penis and the ball sack, if baby is spread eagle, it looks like a penis."
If you just can't wait to find out if you're having a boy or a girl through medical tests, there may be some clues to help you figure it out. Here are five signs you may be having a boy, not all of which are scientific, but are simply a lot of fun.