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Finding Out The Baby's Sex

Finding Out The Baby's Sex

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Some couples are eager to know the sex of their baby, while others want to wait and be surprised. Do you want to know if you're having a boy or a girl? Finding out your baby's sex can make it easier to choose colors for the nursery and baby clothing, and you can begin choosing a name once you know. Some birth defects are sex-specific, so finding out your baby's sex may allow you to know the risks of certain genetic abnormalities being passed onto your baby.

If you do choose to find out your baby's sex, there are a few procedures to do so. An ultrasound is done between the 18th and 26th week of the second trimester, and you will probably go for more than one as your pregnancy progresses. The clinician uses a hand-held device on your abdomen, which sends sound waves through your uterus. This allows you to see a picture of your fetus, and learn the sex of your baby, although it's not always accurate.

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) can be used to find out the sex of your baby, and is done between the 11th and 18th week of pregnancy. It isn't usually performed unless you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a chromosomal or genetic abnormality. Cells are taken from the placenta and analyzed, and it is very accurate. However, there is a 4 percent chance of miscarriage with CVS testing.

An amniocentesis is done for women who have an increased risk of genetic diseases or birth defects being passed on to their child. Women who are over 35 are advised to get this test, which can also determine the sex of the baby. It is done sometime between the 9th and 18th week of your pregnancy. A thin needle is inserted through your abdomen, and a small sample of amniotic fluid is taken. The results are almost 99 percent accurate, but there is a small chance of miscarriage.

Almost everyone has a story about predicting your baby's gender, but nobody knows for sure how accurate they are! Some common beliefs say that you are having a boy if you are carrying the baby lower, your urine is bright yellow, or the heartbeat is under 140 beats per minute. The alternative being if the heartbeat is over 140 beats per minute, your urine is clear, and you sleep on your right side, you are having a girl.


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