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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy, Answered

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Is an ultrasound the only way to find out a baby’s sex?

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If you’re going to find out the sex of your baby, an ultrasound is normally the way to do it, right? There are some old wives tales with coins and baby bump shapes, but they’re guesses more than anything else. According to Baby Center, an ultrasound performed mid-pregnancy (16 to 20 weeks), is typically the method to determine a baby’s sex. But, know that it isn’t foolproof. Baby Center says a baby’s vulva or penis can begin forming as early as six weeks, though they can sometimes be difficult to tell apart even after weeks of growth. And we cannot discount human error.

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