Once you know you are pregnant, not only you but your friends and family too are so keen on learning about the baby’s gender. Perhaps just for instant gratification, or may be to plan the baby’s clothes, or arrange the nursery. No matter what the reason is, it is estimated that about 50-70% parents to be opt for baby gender test during pregnancy.
Now, there are various methods to determine the gender of the baby, and while some are just random, others offer highly accurate results though they might not always have scientific credential attached. Anyway, let us get to learn about the various gender test methods that you can choose from.
NIPT (Blood Test)
As soon as you enter the ninth week of your pregnancy, you can determine the gender of your baby through a blood test known as NIPT (non invasive prenatal test). Not only does this test offer 99% accurate results as far as the sex of the baby is concerned, it also helps you be aware of any chances of chromosomal abnormalities in the baby including trisomy 13, trisomy 18 and trisomy 21. It is ideal for moms whose genetic history or age indicates chances of birth defects. Since this is a non-invasive procedure there is no risk involved for your baby or for you. So, if you are interested in knowing about your baby’s gender and also about any chances of chromosomal abnormalities then NIPT is a good option for you.
Amnio and CVS
Amniocentesis and CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling) are invasive diagnostic tests to analyze the genetic makeup of a baby and also discover risks of chromosomal abnormalities (it can be done as early as the 15th week for amnio and 10th week for CVS). However, these tests are invasive and thus slightly increase chances of a miscarriage. So, if you are only curious to know about your baby’s gender then this might not be the right option for you. But if you have been suggested this test by your practitioner and at the same time you also want to learn about the gender of your baby, then you can opt for this test and get a 100 percent accurate result.
This is a routine test, noninvasive, and is generally performed between the 18th and 22nd weeks of pregnancy (though it may be performed at other times as well). Though ultrasound is not completely accurate like amino or CVS but if during the anatomy checkup (done to ensure that every part of the baby is growing the right way) the technician gets to see between the baby’s legs properly then he/she might be able to determine the gender of the baby. If you want to know the result you must tell the ultrasound technician about your decision ahead of time. There are chances of mistakes here, particularly if the body parts of the baby are not displayed properly.
Gender Prediction Kits
If you do not want to opt for either amnio, CVS, NIPT, and cannot wait until you have your next ultrasound done, then the gender prediction kit is yet another perfect baby gender test technique. Though they are not completely accurate, yet if you browse the net you will come across many gender prediction kits that offer more than a 90 percent accurate result, and that too early in your first trimester. Some of these kits need you to pee in a cup, and others need a blood sample. You can use either such kits as both of them help determine the gender depending on the amount of testosterone present in your urine (or the absence of it) or on the presence of male-specific DNA in the blood sample.
Though both these kits ensure to offer you 90 percent accurate results, yet it will not be a good idea to get clothes in pink or blue or paint your nursery until the doctor confirms the results. These kits also are quite pricey, the urine-based kits can cost you about $40 and the blood sample test may need you to pay about a 100 dollars.
According to a research done by Dr. Saad Ramzi Ismail, the gender of a baby can be determined accurately depending on the position of the placenta, as early as during six weeks gestation. It has been seen that the female fetus (97.5%) had their placenta attached to the left side of the uterus and the male fetuses (97.2%) were attached to the right side.
The Low-Tech Sex Determination Methods
If you do not want to opt for these tests and will not be planning your baby nursery colors, then the low-tech way is a good option. Though these techniques are used just to have some fun they do have 50/50 chances of being correct. So let us get to learn about these fun interesting tests.
Carrying Low or Carrying High
Some people say that they can help determine the gender of your baby just by having a look at your belly. If you are carrying your baby high then it is a girl and if you are carrying it low then it is a boy. However, it is said that where you carry your baby actually has more to do with your weight, your build, and the position of the baby.
The Heart Rate of the Baby
It is believed that the boys and girls have a different heart rate while in the womb. If the baby has a heart rate over 140 beats in a minute then it is a girl and if it is less than 140 beats per minute then it is a boy. This test, however, has no scientific evidence attached, and in fact, a recent study has proved that there are no relations between the gender and the heart rate of a baby.
It is believed that if your morning sickness is too bad then you will be blessed with a baby girl. This theory is supported by a belief that if you are carrying a girl then your body is flushed with too many girl hormones and this makes you feel extra sick while your body tries adjusting to them.
Weight of the Baby
Yet another prediction theory determines the sex of the baby just by having a look at the pregnant woman. Here it is believed that if you are carrying a girl then you will have extra weight on your hips and bum, as these are the areas where women usually tend to gain more weight. If, however, you are pregnant with a male child then you will have all your extra weight on the front of your belly.
Chinese Gender Charts
As per legends, the Chinese gender charts are 90 percent correct if used the right way and they are more than 700 years old. In this case, it is the mother’s birthday and the month of her conception that helps determine the gender. Both of these are found as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. Though saying it to be 90 percent accurate may be a bit too much, yet many mothers who have followed this method say it does show accurate results.
Wedding Ring Test
This is just nothing more than a wishful thinking and a fun method. In this test method, the pregnant woman is supposed to lie down and a threaded ring is held over her belly. If the ring moves in a circular motion it is a girl and if the ring moves back and forth then she is carrying a male child.
So these are some of the accurate, some are not so accurate, and some just fun baby gender test methods. If you will be doing all your planning, baby shower (boy/girl), baby clothes, and nursery ahead of time, you now know which method is ideal, and if it is just for fun, you have so, so many interesting options.