If you are pregnant or are thinking of getting pregnant and do not want to know the gender of your baby, you MUST NOT READ THIS ARTICLE. Go away. Read something else. Go on. Go!
The second scan is carried out at around 18-21 weeks, and its main purpose is to check for any structural abnormalities (anomalies) in the baby. If you want to find out the sex of your baby, you can usually do so during this scan.
The scan will point out if there are any physical abnormalities with your baby. of all, this is the scan where you can find out if you wish the sex of the baby.
Unfortunately, for anyone who has wanted to actually find out what sex their baby is, none of these old wives tales or gender predictors have any bearing in reality whatsoever. They may be fun to do, but they aren't going to give you any clear.
Other gender predictors include the state of your skin or your hair, your mood, whether or not you had morning sickness, the shape of your nose, the colour of your urine, the exact age you were when you conceived, even the position you were in.
Ultrasound scans finally made it possible to see whether you were having a girl or a boy. Until fairly recently, one would have to wait until the 20 week scan or later to see the genitals clearly.
In order to be able to have any chance of predicting the gender, the foetus must not be curled up- they need to be lying as flat as possible. Also, it must be side on and apparently, it is better if the foetus is right.
Some say that you're having a boy if you're carrying all out front or low and a girl if you're carrying all around and high. Or there's the old 'wedding ring over the belly' trick - if you tie your wedding ring onto a string.