How to Determine or Predict your Baby's Gender
In a country like mine, it's of great importance to have at least one male child. It is believed male children are crucial to the continuation of a family line. Female children grow to become wives and the family name is lost. The male children retain their fathers' names and bring a lady into the family. This is why many women have more children than they bargain for, hoping the next would be a boy makes them keep trying. Now there are many reason to want to find out the gender of your child and there are many ways to do so.
Reason for knowing the Gender of your Baby
Some parents would like to know the gender of their child before birth so they can get an abortion if it is not the gender they want. While I do not promote the abortion route, I believe it is of advantage to have this information before hand so that parents to be can know the type of clothes and toys to get before the due date. Friends and families can also know what type of gift to buy for the baby showers. This knowledge helps with the baby name picking and it is used for medical reasons such as a sex-linked chromosomal disorder.
There are many methods for determining the gender of your child. However, most of them are old wives tales which may be true or not. The most accurate medical way to tell if you are pregnant with a boy or girl is to have a Sonogram. This can be done when you are at about 20 weeks gestation. The sex of your unborn baby can also be detected through ultrasound (routine or diagnostic), or genetic testing.
Ultrasound is available to the majority of pregnant women but doctors usually warn against it routine use because of the danger involved. Though the potential risks of ultrasound are generally believed to be minimal, it is not recommend simply to find out the sex of a baby. It is also less accurate than generic testing. While ultrasound can be performed at any stage of pregnancy for the purpose of finding out the sex, it is best done between 18 and 26 weeks.
Genetic Testing on the other hand is 99.1% accurate in determining the gender of your baby. However, you have to seriously determine if the risk is worth it. With genetic testing you face the risk of losing or harming the pregnancy. There have also been reports of CVS (a form of genetic testing) and disorders such as amniotic banding syndrome. However, most of the risks as shown by recent studies suggest that this problem is lessened if done after 10 weeks.
There are a number of Quizzes on the internet that can help you predict the gender of your child. These quizzes are based on the old wives tales and though they might not be as accurate as the medical methods, they are absolutely harmless and are fun to try out. Some of the questions they ask include: if
· your feet are cold
· you are craving salt
· the baby is very active
· you are carrying your baby low
· the baby's heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute
· you didn't have a lot of morning sickness in the first trimester
· a wedding ring suspended on a string over your belly rocks back and forth and not in a circle
You can also consult a Chinese Gender Chart to make a prediction. [link=http://pregnancy.about.com/od/boyorgirl/l/blchinesegenderchart.htm]Chinese Lunar Calendar Chart
There are many decisions to be made and everyone have their "reasons" for whichever way they choose. Just thinks deeply about what you want. Whether you want to know the sex to be able to pick only one set of names, buy sex specific clothes, paint and decorate your nursery or for curiosity, consider the danger in the method first and decide if they are worth your reason.