Is It A Boy or Girl ~ What’s The Best Way To Predict Baby Gender?
After the first few months of pregnancy come, many expecting mothers often have one thought at the back of their mind.
‘Am I having a boy or a girl?’
The prospect of having a boy or a girl often makes people, including mothers themselves, play into tried and true baby gender predictor myths. Some of the most common include carrying low, rings on a string and even having a hunch about carrying a boy or a girl.
But there’s no better way to find out your baby’s gender than to seek help from a medical specialists. In this article, we’re going to briefly review several ways that mothers can potentially find out the gender of their baby.
What’s The Best Way To Predict Baby Gender?
While people typically rely on myths, medically conclusive ‘baby gender predictor’ exercises tend to provide the most accurate results. Let’s take a look at the most common.
Noninvasive prenatal testing or NIPT allows mothers to learn the sex of their baby through a blood test. Studies have shown that this form of testing is 99 percent accurate when it comes to predicting a baby’s sex. Not only that, it provides information about a baby’s potential risk of chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome. This type of testing is often given to mothers who may have risks of their fetus developing genetics-related birth defects.
CVS and amnio
Chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, like NIPT, screen a baby’s genetic makeup while they’re in the womb. The difference between these diagnostic tests is that they’re invasive and may elevate the risk of miscarriage. CVS is typically performed as early as 10 weeks into a pregnancy, while amnio is conducted as early as week 15. These tests are recommended for mothers who have a high risk of their fetus developing genetic abnormalities.
Ultrasounds are typically routine noninvasive tests that are performed between 18 to 22 weeks of pregnancy. Of course, ultrasounds are performed with regularity throughout the duration of a pregnancy. Although it’s not as accurate as NPT or CVS and amnio, an ultrasound technician can learn whether a growing baby is a boy or girl by viewing their lower anatomy during a checkup. Sometimes, they might not be able to get a good view during certain stages of pregnancy, so the accuracy isn’t always the sharpest. Still, this is one of the best ways to learn of a baby’s gender before their birth.
Baby Gender Prediction Kits?
Mothers who need a bit of reassurance before their second trimester ultrasound usually buy what’s known as a baby gender prediction kit. These kits typically tell a mother if she’s having a boy or a girl by measuring the amount of testosterone present in her urine. ‘Fancier’ kits tend to detect the absence or presence of certain male-specific DNA by using a mother’s blood sample.
While many of these kits do promise to be at least 90 percent accurate, they’re not exactly the most accurate kits. Many of these kits do warn soon-to-be parents to confirm their results with their doctor before, well, painting the nursery.