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Nub theory explained: Predict your baby's sex at 12 weeks

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Nub theory
Nub theory - have you heard of it? It can help you find out if your baby is a boy or girl from just 12 weeks. We've all heard of the old wives tales like carrying your baby bump low means it's a boy or if you're craving sweet things, you're expecting a girl.

If you're looking for the nub theory explained, or want some more ideas on how to tell your little one's gender, you've come to the right place.

The nub theory claims to be a lot more accurate than some of those old wives tales - and says you can even tell the sex of your baby just by looking at your 12 week ultrasound picture. Usually the earliest point you can tell the sex of a baby from a scan is 20 weeks so the quirky theory is popular with those who can't wait to find out if they're having a little girl or a little boy.


What is nub theory?

Between 11-13 weeks, all babies are said to have a 'nub' between their legs called the genital tubercle, and according to this theory the angle of the nub will indicate whether it's a boy or girl.

It's said that if the nub is over 30 degrees up from the spine, it's a boy - but if it's under that then it's a girl.

Confused? See our pictures below as an example.

Nub theory indicating a girl

Nub theory - girl picture
The nub isn't pointing up more than 30 degrees from the baby's spine - in fact it's almost horizontal - so believers would say this showed the scan to be a little girl.

Nub theory indicating a boy

Nub theory - boy picture
The nub is at a much steeper angle upwards from the spine, indicating that this could be a baby boy.

Not convinced? Netmums have reported the following statistics inline with the nub theory:

  • At 11 weeks, the accuracy rate is 48 per cent

  • At 12 weeks, the accuracy rate is 91 per cent

  • At 13 weeks, the accuracy rate is 94 per cent



  • Going for your scan soon? You'll have to hope for co-operation from your baby as some professionals say the accuracy actually all depends on the angle of the baby. If you can get a picture of them laying down on their side, that should provide you with a good view of the nub.

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    If you had success using the nub theory then we'd love to know! Leave us a comment below or send us a message on ourFacebook page.

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    Christina Jones-Jenkins

    Looks girly

    Christina Jones-Jenkins

    Looks boyish

    Christina Jones-Jenkins

    First pic looks boy...second pic looks like mine girly. Im gona guess boy!

    Jammyminxy

    Can anyone tell if they think we are having a boy or girl, please? Thanks

    Claire31

    Any ideas? Boy or girl?!

    Claire31

    Any ideas? Boy or girl?

    Christina Jones-Jenkins

    Not letting me c thr pic

    day13

    Any guessers on my 11 week nub shot?

    charlie

    can anyone guess if its a girl or boy, this scan is at 13 weeks

    charlie

    any idea of what my baby is this is at 13 weeks

    Kursty Marie Cunniff

    Got 2 boys already

    Kursty Marie Cunniff

    13weeks 5days

    Kursty Marie Cunniff

    Any ideas 13week 5 days thanks Kirsty

    ash

    Girl:)

    smiler

    Any guesses if the gender is boy or girl, please??

    Chelsea

    Leave a message...

    Erin

    Im not sure wot to think, i dont know what my scan pics looks more like. Its hard to tell Lets wait and see ha.

    dooleyx

    Boy or Girl???

    elisa douglas

    Hi was wondering if anyone has any ideas what we could be having? as i don't have a clue lol thank you :)

    elisa douglas

    Hi was wondering if anyone has any ideas what we could be having? thank you :)

    миша кохт

    babyy gender determination before birth and conception. Baby gender determination by photo of parents only. To do this I have an account and a group on Facebook. The group is called Baby gender by parents photo

    Lynsey

    Hi I know what I think it is, what do u think girl or boy, seems clear xx

    Kat

    Any ideas boy or girl?

    mai

    please guess, boy or girl?

    kat

    Please help - This is 12 weeks scan of my baby. Please guess the gender.

    jammyminxy

    Hospital have said its a girl :)

    jammyminxy

    At 20 week scan the hospital says it is a girl :)

    jammyminxy

    Defo a girl I would say - it looks like my scan which is a girl!

    jammyminxy

    Girl

    Claire

    Would you say boy or girl please? im 12 weeks 3 days :)

    beth x

    boy or girl guys????

    natalie

    i seen this in my last ultrasound at 11 weeks and 5 days. im confused?? not sure if its a penis or a nub?

    jade

    I'd say a girl. I have two girls.

    jade

    Hi any ideas on whether my scan is showing a boy or a girl ? Thanks

    Tietiex

    is the nub were im pointing to?

    leigh

    Hiya people any ideas on boy or girl. Many thanks

    Guest

    It's not allowing me to put a picture up anyone know why many thanks.

    leigh

    That looks like a girl to me it's the same as my first baby.xx

    jammyminxy

    Cheers thanks! Any more thoughts on todays scan at 15 weeks??

    paige

    could anyone tell me what they think im having please

    Lgeyen

    Any guesses?

    Sarah Glover

    Any ideas please?

    kimbeydarling

    Boy or girl please xx

    Virginia

    I think the nub is just beside left hand marker technician left....

    Virginia

    PLEASE help me guess the gender..... My daughter has three ____s and this is her 4th and final try for a ___ ??????

    Virginia

    Girl

    Sophie

    What sex do you think? I had just turned 12 weeks when I had this scan????..

    Guest

    I'm now 17 weeks. At the time of my scan I had just turned 12 weeks...what sex do you think?

    Kayleigh Blake

    What do you all think my baby is? I find out in the morning so if anyone gets back to me I'll let you know :-)

    Guest

    Boy or girl

    tracywrigley@hotmail.com

    Hi guys any idea boy or girl

    Shannon

    Any one plz help

    Shannon

    Anyone plz !! Really want to no

    Shannon

    Can any one help boy or girl plz

    Shannon

    I need to no mine help

    emerald

    any guesses boy or girl? thanks

    emerald

    Any guesses please boy or girl?

    emerald

    any guesses??? Girl or boy?

    Kel x

    Any ideas of the gender based on the nub theory please xx

    danni10

    boy

    danni10

    looks like a girl

    danni10

    boy/girl ??

    danni10

    can you see from the pic weather this little one is a boy or a girl

    Guest

    any ideas on boy or girl

    Delilah

    Girl

    Delilah

    This is the twelve wk scan of our fourth baby, after 3 boys we've been for gender scan today at 16 wksand this little one is a GIRL

    Ivelisse Divine Reyes

    Please help!! I can't tell.. Any guesses if it's a boy or a girl?

    Adam Smithson

    Boy or girl please

    Lauren

    Any ideas ???

    Theresa Hatfield

    What do people think about my scan? 12+6 wks

    Chloe Marie

    Would anyone be able to tell me boy or girl?

    Kayla Bentley Sharkey

    someone give me an idea on what the gender is my brother in law said girl coz the nub theory but I have no idea I have a boy so girl would be amazing thank you x

    Sarah

    Any guesses? X

    Kerry Skea

    wonder if you ladies can help me. do you reckon I'm having a boy or girl? xx

    Melissa

    Boy or girl ? Scan is 12 weeks 6 days.

    EMMA

    any idea boy or girl

    EMMA

    any idea boy or girl... this is 12 weeks scan

    Danielle

    Girl

    Danielle

    Boy

    Claire Storrie

    Boy or girl ?

    Marium Mujtaba Lakho

    m 12 weeks 2 days can you help me if its a girl or a boy?

    Marium Mujtaba Lakho

    girl or boy?

    Marium Mujtaba Lakho

    can anyone help me if its a girl or a boy

    laura

    Boy or girl 12 week 1 day scan

    dev

    guess .. boy or girl

    dev

    hi, Guess Boy Or Girl.

    sammi

    Boy or girl?

    Rachel

    Boy or Girl 12+6

    yasmin8989

    boy or girl ?

    yasmin8989

    10+3 week boy or girl ?

    Megan

    12weeks 2 days... any ideas? :) x

    kimbeydarling

    Boy?

    Emaan Ali

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3b7f7e3a0b73d30ffa1277ea81a46e2eefd27b821d08e50fbcbeafe7befbd80.jpg 13 weeks

    Jasmine Dozier

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abe072e761f6c18d6897adb3a9352f6e6c25fde8a0bac5b65d92e6052b4 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abe072e761f6c18d6897adb3a9352f6e6c25fde8a0bac5b65d92e6052b421035.jpg 035.jpg

    sherrell austin

    any guesses on this scan gender? Xx https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3a4ef1b4e3752ba41fec5abc4853a8525d5aac60fadf2566180beba30cf2b5f.jpg

    Michelle le Roux

    Any guess https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99273a290ea7cce871c4012d208b7e08463289721702c3ebdca16f804ef7c085.jpg es boy or girl? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99273a290ea7cce871c4012d208b7e08463289721702c3ebdca16f804ef7c085.jpg

    chickencoup

    Girl? =)

    chickencoup

    Boy/ =)

    chickencoup

    Still an embryo

    chickencoup

    Boy =) let me know?

    Kira Sturrs

    boy or girl

    Kira Sturrs

    boy or girl 12 + 3 days please

    sandra cook

    Does it looks like a boy or girl https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/964e21d2e4b2611b437211fdf07a064171bcd96a1859ef279d79c363b107f634.jpg

    Ssss

    Can any one guess the gender

    Amadeus

    Can anyone tell me what they think the gender is? And what theory. 13 weeks https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e59c2e1362b6e945996339d0f27b12531fbb009b3397768e8d10dffffe1321f5.jpg

    Amadeus

    Can anyone tell me what they think the gender is? And what theory. 13 weeks https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e3593d4b3e5106382acc7ee3d572c62731aa8bef9aba875b7bcfab438d263c2.jpg

    Jorge

    12 weeks 3 days boy or girl https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2251223a4c1ec5579310f09e3696b8fb04e7bbe8ba1f9b81410f254a880c3ddb.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42a1c5cca3ca77a57a17d8285402f56fa1835322169fd784e77e782b8f23a0e2.jpg

    lisamarie7

    Hi everyone, This is my 12 week scan, could everyone please have a guess as to what you think it might be? Thanks!

    Paula

    Girl or boy

    Lauren

    ??

    Lauren

    Any guesses

    Chau

    Can someone help me boy or girl

    Sandeep Deokate

    Any Guesses on below gender is Boy of Girl ??

    Lorraine Ness

    Boy or girl

    Lorraine Ness

    Hey can anyone tell if it's a boy or girl

    Ozlem

    Would you say boy or girl please? İ am 12+0 week.

    Lima

    Boy or girl? Any guesses pls?

    PK

    Any guess please 1st picture: around 12 weeks 2nd picture around 20 weeks please let us know boy or girl https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc546cbe03b3361e98ff0e93e3e7a612e06a021c8529556872faba0c080f7c23.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/635c9869be73e2531601a3503a23a5cad4afcf8611d1300978455991b3e2798b.jpg st

    Jordan Hunter

    Hi can you guess please? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b573999b035404ce9b3fe7550ed70b92ed45394b3acfcb3b832dadf7b2e4ae76.jpg

    Kim Harrison

    Any idea on gender please. 12+4 weeks https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13fae18e176d9fa41b3bb6804757447db2a7c4c3d7bb0795d4278f8669f96f90.jpg

    Danielle Nicole Roehm

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60ed2a4c591c33608724f6198611826adaa7abe882d4f3417c18c2586dd9fbe9.jpg Any guesses???? 12 weeks 2 days

    JLthailand

    Just had a scan. Would u guess boy or girl?

    Rebecca

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd35674eb3d47401a0f6c17b8851fc5ce13d32938e774154d445507babfc8466.jpg

    Rebecca

    Can anybody tell me if mine is a boy or a girl?

    Bobbie Brimer

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81b822295807541e7ffa6e3e84379926380d10a6050f52293a493fe2cfa56d09.jpg

    Kaith

    Boy?

    Kaith

    Girl?

    Kaith

    Maybe a girl!

    Chrissy Duncan

    Hi I went for my 12 week ultrasound and was curious if this was a nub

    Jess

    Would you say boy or girl?

    Kaith

    Hi , can you guess https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c485ad6d036072fc1e37636ff467343ff84436eccb764f8fab008747eecf8ff5.jpg

    Kaith

    Any guess plz a bout the gender? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c485ad6d036072fc1e37636ff467343ff84436eccb764f8fab008747eecf8ff5.jpg

    Soiyana Wambugu

    girl tell us now?

    Soiyana Wambugu

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4e9d878f9462ce5dcbba1d7694ca8ab54b9eb90a21d303e92a0a762e49debfe.jpg any gueses if boy or girl?

    Kirsty Taylor

    Pic is attached

    Kirsty Taylor

    Hi, I had my 12 week scan yesterday, do we think boy or girl?

    Lesliie Siilveriio D Taveras

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2066a416a1e99c6a7209cebbafb4fd28caf9260ae187594045f0a5c8ba915ecd.jpg I'm 12 weeks today any idea what I'm having ? Boy or girl

    Allo Toi

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa09e01df217c432dd13daa7cc4d434d7178f12e0ec209dca28da0927ab0f14a.jpg What is your evaluation here? Boy or girl. Thank you all!

    Thalita

    Can anyone kindly guess mine. 12w 3d https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f4f7e30c6a28e29fad935c914e6ff46ea070b49d3a567c97191f62c64e49386.jpg

    Thalita

    I can see this is old. But can anyone kindly guess my baby scan? I was 12w and 3days https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f4f7e30c6a28e29fad935c914e6ff46ea070b49d3a567c97191f62c64e49386.jpg

    Stephanie Navas

    Any guess if my little one is a girl or a boy? I am 12 weeks 4 days far along on my pregnancy. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db8b6b4b2848e4b8b92c9801ca4ab6921a9faf79b545bdf58d93658004bf8868.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ef3c752b25b9d71b208e957da12ca816e303ef72df6eb37216a487639b2c91cb.jpg

    Emaan Ali

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6ea4c48d8287cb06a5f0005de413fe90965fd97d8a34cea4f6accd65a34bb61b.png 13 weeks

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