Invariably you will find yourself wondering whether the baby you are carrying is a baby boy or baby girl. All the more to probe your curiosity will be all your family and friends discussing the very same thing with you. It is only natural to want to know if you are going to have a baby boy or baby girl and some couples might chose to find out whilst other might not.
There are of course medical reasons why certain couples might want to find out if they will have a baby boy or baby girl. There are some conditions which are hereditary or which are known to only affect males or females. If parents suspect that their child might be afflicted with such a condition, then a baby gender test could be a good way to appease them. If a condition is only known to affect males and the results of a gender DNA test show your baby will be a girl, then you need not worry about anything.
Discovering the baby gender during your ultrasound
You can learn the sex of the fetus while you are doing your ultrasound check up at 17 or 18 weeks. In fact, the doctor will probably directly ask you whether you want to find out. He or she will not tell you the gender unless you want to. What the doctor will do during the ultrasound is try to spot the baby’s sex organs by closely observing the ultrasound images. There may be some issue thought. For example:
· The baby may be positioned in such a way that covers the sex organs
· The penis may not be developed and cannot be spotted. This could lead to the doctor telling you it’s a girl, when in fact it is actually a boy.
What about DNA test?
DNA tests are a better alternative to ultrasounds for discovering the baby gender for the following reasons
· An ultrasound is around 75% accurate at confirming the correct baby gender. Some gender DNA tests are 99% accurate.
· You need to wait till your 18th week for the ultrasound but you can do a gender DNA test even at only 9 weeks.
Baby gender DNA tests can be done with blood or urine samples. The more current and recent test is actually a urine based baby gender test. The blood test is however, still widely used although the collection of blood does work against it. There is also a small difference in accuracy: the baby gender test with blood is 85-95% accurate while the test with urine is 99% accurate. If you are wondering how they can tell the sex of your baby through your blood or your urine here is the reason: your baby’s DNA goes into your blood stream and then through your kidneys. It is therefore simple to isolate your baby’s DNA from your urine or your blood. If you are having a boy, there will be male DNA and if you are having a girl there will be no male DNA.