Ultrasound or Sonogram
Ultrasound or Sonogram is conducted in order to find out if there is any problem with the baby or pregnancy. With the help of ultrasound, you may get to know about such anatomical problems with a baby, as gastroschisis (the opening of the abdominal wall), a placental issue, like a placenta previa, spina bifida,
etc. only a well – qualified and certified ultrasonographer or physician may conduct the ultrasound investigation. Before the procedure takes place you have to drink enough water in order to fill your bladder, which will provide a better image on the screen. However, if your pregnancy term is more than 20 weeks, you may not need to drink water. It is considered to be the most common methods of getting to know about the sex of your developing baby. usually it is possible to tell whom are you expecting somewhere beginning with the 20th week of pregnancy, as only from this period of your baby’s development his or her genitals may be distinguished on the screen more or less clearly. In case if you try to get to know earlier it may be difficult to see, and when the ultrasound is used with the purpose to know the sex of the baby during later terms, it is also becomes difficult, because of crowding in the fetus. If your doctor appoints an ultrasound on a routine basis, your insurance may possibly cover this charge, though it is also possible that it does not. There are cases, when you may have to appoint an extra ultrasound in order to get to know if you are expecting a boy or a girl. This “out of schedule” ultrasound would cost you about $250. However, you are to be aware, that they can not always tell you 100%, and there is a possibility of a mistake, and some offices’ policies prohibit to tell the future parents the sex of their unborn babies.
There are many factors, influencing the accuracy of the procedure, which should be considered during the ultrasound, is being conducted, in order to tell you if you are expecting a boy or a girl. These factors mostly include:
The kind of equipment, applied;
The gestational age of the fetus;
The position of the fetus;
The weight of the mother;
The training and qualification of the person, who conducts the ultrasound, etc.
Genetic Testing may also be conducted in order to determine your future baby’s sex yet before he or she arrives. However, this method is applied in extremely rare cases, because each of them carries some level of potential risk to your baby and the pregnancy duration. The two most widespread genetic tests are the Amniocentesis and the Chorionic Villus Sampling. Amniocentesis is usually conducted after the 14th week of pregnancy, while the Chorionic Villus Sampling may be conducted somewhere beginning with the 8th week of pregnancy. Both of these tests are about 99% accurate. There is some more information about these kinds of analyzes below.
Amniocentesis the kind of testing, with the help of which your doctor may not only determine your future baby’s sex, but this procedure is generally conducted in order to see if there is any chromosomal disorder the fetus may be having, or for the fetal lung maturity determination.
The very procedure of the Amniocentesis includes a small needle being placed through the abdomen into the uterus in order to collect a little bit of amniotic fluid. The needle is guided away from the baby and the placenta with the help of ultrasound.
You should have the Amniocentesis procedure conducted during the following terms of your pregnancy:
If you want to know the sex of the baby, the Amniocentesis is usually conducted after the 14th week of pregnancy;
If you want to know if the baby, you are carrying has any chromosomal disorder or not, then the period of this procedure conducting is somewhere around the 11th week of your pregnancy;
And, finally, if you care about your baby’s lungs’ maturity, you will have to undergo the Amniocentesis procedure only after the 34th week.
Chorionic Villus Sampling
Chorionic Villus Sampling is the kind of testing, with the help of which your doctor may not only determine your future baby’s sex, but this procedure is generally conducted in order to see if there is any kind of chromosomal disorder the fetus may be having.
The very procedure of the Chorionic Villis Sampling includes a small needle of a catheter being placed either through the abdomen or through the vagina near the uterus in order to collect a small sample of villi. The needle or the catheter is guided away from the baby and the placenta with the help of ultrasound.
You should have the Chorionic Villis Sampling procedure conducted somewhere after the 8th week of your pregnancy.
There is the disadvantage of the Chorionic Villis Sampling testing, which is the 3 – 5% miscarriage rate associated with this kind of procedure, though the specialists consider the risk of this testing is more in line with the 1 – 2% from the Amniocentesis analysis. However, this varies greatly by the doctor, and it mainly depends on his or her experience level.
Old Wives Tales
Old Wives Tales. Yes, nowadays it also exists. There are bunches of people, who will tell you how to get to know about your future baby’s sex without any medical investigation. Among the most common ways are predicting the baby’s sex with the help of your and your husband’s wedding rings’ spinning or swaying; the size and the shape of your belly will also let someone know whether you are expecting a boy or a girl. It may be a lot of fun to conduct these kinds of tests, while they are neither accurate nor dangerous in predicting whether you are expecting son or daughter. The only thing you are to be careful with is any sketchy tests, which include chemicals!
Chinese Lunar Calendar
Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the age of the future mother at the period of conception and on the month of conception. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, you may possibly calculate whom to conceive. However, this method should also be used just for fun, as it is hardly to call 100% accurate. Moreover, many people claim, that the failure is caused by the fact that the Chinese consider a newborn baby one year of age.
There are also specialists, who say that looking at the heart beatings rate of your unborn baby; it is possible to see if you are expecting son or daughter. It is believed, that above 140 heartbeats means a girl, and below is a boy.