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How to Know if You're Having a Boy or Girl

author image Carolyn Russell-DeLucas
Based in Massachusetts, Carolyn Russell-DeLucas has been writing since 2007. She specializes in topics related to health, beauty and nutrition. Russell-DeLucas graduated from Brevard Community College with an Associate of Arts.
How to Know if You're Having a Boy or Girl
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The desire to know if you are having a boy or girl is an exciting time for most, especially if you are pregnant with your first child. Knowing the gender of your baby can help with the uncertainties of what color to decorate the nursery or even with choosing the name. There are several different methods, both at-home and at the doctor’s office, that might give you a idea about the gender of the baby.

At-home Testing

Step 1

Collect a sample using your first mornings urine in the cup provided in the test kit.

Step 2

Remove the sticker, or seal, from the top of the test vessel.

Step 3

Fill the syringe by submerging the tip of the syringe into the urine and pulling on the plunger until the syringe is full.

Step 4

Insert the tip of the syringe into the hole on the top of the test vessel, where your removed the seal.

Step 5

Hold the test vessel in the upright position by wrapping your fingers and forming a C-shape. Rotate your wrist in a clockwise or counter clockwise to swirl the urine and media together for 10 seconds.

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Step 6

Place the test vessel on a flat white surface and let stand for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes have passed, look at the test vessel. If the color is orange or orange-yellow, the test predicts a girl. However, if the color is green to green-brown color, the prediction for the test is a boy.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Step 1

Call your health care provider to schedule an appointment for an abdominal ultrasound. This ultrasound is generally done during the second trimester of pregnancy, which is usually between 14 to 18 weeks gestation.

Step 2

Wear loose clothing and drink two to three glasses of water approximately an hour before the ultrasound test. A full bladder is necessary for the procedure in order for the ultrasound technician to capture good pictures, according to Medline Plus.

Step 3

Lie down on the table in the examination room and pull your shirt up and your pants down, only enough to reveal your abdominal area. The ultrasound technician will drape your abdomen to protect your clothing from the conductive gel.

Step 4

Inform the ultrasound technician that you are interested in finding out the gender of your baby if possible during the ultrasound procedure.

Step 5

Lie still while the ultrasound technician applies the conductive gel to your abdominal region. She will use a probe to and slide it across your abdomen in various areas to view your baby in the womb, while taking photos for the physician. At this time, if she is able to view the gender of the baby, she will inform you if its a boy or a girl.

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