Can we find out the sex of our baby? 

Midwife Tracey Owen describes how you may be able to discover the sex of your baby at your 20 week scan.

Find out more about whether you can find out the sex of your baby

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Can we find out the sex of our baby?


Tracey: Some hospitals will tell you the sex of your baby but not every hospital. It’s not part of the National Screening Programme. Some people don’t want to know, feel like its opening all your presents before Christmas, but some people like to get ready.


At your 20-week scan, which is a screening test to look at the structure of your baby, they look at whether the bones are all in place, the size of the bones and they look at the organs. They also measure the baby to see when it’s due, so they’ll give you a due day.

I think before you go for your scan it’s time to have a chat to your partner and find out what you both want. At the end of the day you don’t want to turn up for your scan and find out something you didn’t want to know.


I think when you go in you need to say, first off to the sonographer, ‘we want to know the sex of our baby’ if that’s what you want.


In the hospitals that tell you the sex of your baby, even they get it wrong sometimes. It’s not 100 per cent. Those cords are slippery little things and they get in the way! Regardless of whether you find out what sex your baby is, it’s a lovely time in your pregnancy to find out what’s growing inside and it becomes a real being all of a sudden. 


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