“Am I Having A Boy Or A Girl?”
Isn’t the suspense torturous? Parents get curious to know if they are going to have a girl or boy. But is there any way to determine the baby’s gender? Well, there are some scientific ways, some old wives’ tales about baby gender, and other weird ways that could help. Also, if your country allows gender prediction tests during pregnancy, then they are the best predictors, but they need to be done by a doctor.
However, you can build predictions on your guess-work too.
How To Find The Gender Of A Baby During Pregnancy?
Different cultures have adopted different methods of predicting the baby’s gender. Some are random while others are highly accurate despite the lack of any solid scientific backing. Given below is a quick list that helps you find the odds of having a boy or girl:
|SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS||IT IS A BOY||IT IS A GIRL|
|Morning sickness in the early pregnancy||Regular or normal||Excessive|
|Baby’s heart rate||Less than 140 beats per minute||Around 140 beats per minute|
|Extra weight||You carry in front (carrying high)||You carry in hips and rear (carrying low)|
|Breasts||Darkened areolas||Left is larger than right|
|Belly shape||Pointed belly||Round shaped belly|
|Hair growth||Stronger||Thins out|
|Food cravings||Salty or sour and spicy||Sweets (chocolates, candies, or dairy products) and fruit juices|
|Sleeping position||Prefer sleeping on left||Prefer sleeping on right|
|Mood||Aggressive, bolder, and dominating||Moody and irritable|
|Urine||Bright yellow in color||Dull yellow in color|
|Nose||Growing bigger||No changes|
|Feet||No physical change||Severe ankle and foot swelling|
|Linea nigra (dark lines along the belly button)||Long stretchable lines above your navel||Short lines that travel from navel to pubic bone|
|Wrist pulse||Left pulse is stronger||Right pulse in stronger|
There are many proven and approved ways to predict the gender of the baby . Let’s look at a few.
Scientific Ways To Predict The Gender Of A Baby:
These are the most accurate and authentic ways to determine the sex of your unborn baby. However, they can only be considered after consulting your healthcare practitioner.
1. Ultrasound scan:
Ultrasound scans are the most common and reliable methods used by doctors. Ultrasounds are high-frequency sound waves that produce images of the fetus.
The procedure is usually performed to look at the development of the fetus where the technician sends waves over the stomach through the uterus. The waves then create a picture of the unborn baby, which can be viewed on a monitor. The technician will be able to say if it is a boy or girl based on the age and position of the fetus by recognizing the genitals. The gender can be identified only after 18 weeks since the reproductive organs start to appear then. And, ultrasound scans between 18 and 26 weeks provide most accurate results. The accuracy rate is more than 95% for baby boys and about 85% for baby girls.
Till date, there is no evidence on the adverse effects of ultrasound on the fetus.
2. Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS):
These two tests are performed if your baby may be at a risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. As it can detect fetal chromosomes, it can also clearly identify the gender of the baby.
Amniocentesis involves inserting a thin needle into the uterus through your abdomen to withdraw a small sample of fluid and analyze chromosomes. It is performed after the 15th week of pregnancy. CVS involves extraction of a small tissue sample from the placenta, which can contain genetic information of your baby. This is performed in between the 10th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. Both tests can thus determine the sex of your fetus with 99% accuracy. But, they pose a risk of miscarriage with an abortion rate of 1%.
3. Gender DNA test:
This test uses blood samples to detect the sex of the fetus.
The procedure uses small strands of DNA found in the bloodstream of the mother, and the test screens for the presence of male chromosome Y. If they detect Y chromosome, there is a high chance of having a boy, and if not, it will be a girl. They are performed around seven weeks of pregnancy and beyond. The accuracy rate is 95% to 99%.
Besides the above methods, there are other theories and ways to predict the baby’s gender.