Pregnant, and wanting to know if you'll be having a baby girl or boy? Most people would! While many couples still want to be "surprised" I can understand why you wouldn't want to be. Here are some very good reasons for knowing your unborn baby's sex before birth.
1. To have your baby named before the trip to the hospital.
2. To be able to set-up the baby's room gender specific pre-birth.
3. To buy baby clothes before your baby is born.
4. In order to bond more readily with your new baby.
5. To plan something like a circumcision pre-birth.
6. To learn early on about any genetic abnormalities or birth defects.
7. To give yourself time to adjust if you were wanting a baby of the other gender.
So, How Can You Know If You'll Be Having A Baby Boy Or Girl?
There are quite a few ways of determining the sex of your baby pre-birth. Some are considered by many to be less than accurate, like the Old Wives Tales, and The Chinese Lunar Calendar For Baby Gender Selection (more about these later.)
While some are considered very accurate, such as Ultrasounds (you'll likely have many of these), Amniocentesis, and Chorionic Villus Sampling or CVS, the last two being much more invasive and not likely to be preformed for determining your fetus's sex only.
Le'ts take a look at these more modern "scientific" procedures shall we?
Ultrasounds-are preformed by your health care practitioner to keep abreast of your baby's development and to try to foresee any problems that could develop during your pregnancy. An ultrasound can determine your baby's sex with some degree of certainty by the 4th or 5th month. The accuracy can be affected by the baby's position during the procedure as well as the fetuses age, and the skill of the operator.
Amniocentesis-is a more invasive procedure in which a needle is inserted into the womb and a little of the fluid (amniotic fluid) is removed and analyzed. This test is usually preformed on women who have a higher risk of passing on genetic and/or some type of birth defects. It is however about 99% accurate in determining the gender of your fetus, but does carry an increased risk of miscarriage.
Chorionic Villus Sampling or CVS-is another invasive procedure which is again preformed on a mother-to-be that has a high risk of genetic or chromosomal abnormality. This test too is 99% accurate in determining the sex of your unborn baby. A CVS is preformed by removing some cells (called villi) from the woman's placenta, and are tested for any abnormalities.
This test carries an increased risk of miscarriage, infection, and possible fetal damage.
You can find more information on these tests at my site complete with videos of the procedures being preformed.
Some Less Than "Scientific" Baby Gender Predictors
Old Wives Tales-while not being considered very accurate in many circles, they can be a whole lot of fun! You'll find a complete list of the most popular old wives tales at my site as well. So break them out at your next baby shower or get together.
Chinese Lunar Calendar For Baby Gender Prediction-considered up to 99% accurate in much of the far east...the western world is not so sure! Again whether you are a "believer" or not, the Chinese Lunar Calendar Birth Chart can be a lot of fun to experiment with, and you can use it on your older children or anybody for that matter.
If you want to "predict" the gender of your next baby even pre-conception, you might be surprised to know there are some simple at home techniques that can help you.
The most important thing of course is that your baby is wanted and loved no matter which gender it is!