Am I having a boy or a girl?
Once you find out you're officially pregnant, you start looking for the most accurate gender predictor test and ask yourself whether you are having a boy or a girl. Have you heard all the old wives' tales and wonder whether they are true or not? Did you hear that carrying narrow is a boy and carrying wide means a girl? Has your family said you look like you're carrying a girl .... or a boy? What do you think the baby is?
What is a gender predictor test?
There are many myths and other information on how to predict the baby's gender. By answering a few questions, we can help you predict the baby's gender.
Discovering your baby's sex is an exciting part of pregnancy, so let's do a little predicting! Note: This quiz is based on common pregnancy myths and is for fun purposes only.
Most Common Medical Tests to Predict the Baby's Gender
The most common medical tests to predict the baby's gender are: Cell-Free Fetal DNA Blood test, CVS (Chorionic Villi Sampling), Amniocentesis, Ultrasound (18+ weeks).
Everyone is interested to know what the baby's sex will be before birth. Below I explain the different ways (high tech, low tech, and no tech) to predict a baby's sex.
The High Tech Way to Predict Baby Gender
Noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT)
The NIPT or noninvasive prenatal testing is a blood test for mom-to-be and it can be done throughout pregnancy starting from as early as the 9th week of the pregnancy. The test checks for the presence or absence of the Y-chromosome. If the Y chromosome is present then the baby's sex is a boy, otherwise, it's a girl. However, the main reason to do this test is to check the baby's risk of chromosomal abnormalities including trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome). The NIPT is a screening test, which means that if an abnormality is found, it must be confirmed with other tests such as CVS or amniocentesis.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is an invasive test done around 11-13 weeks of the pregnancy. A needle is inserted either through the abdomen or vaginally through the vagina with the help of ultrasound and a tiny portion of the placenta is removed and examined. The CVS reveals the baby's gender as well as chromosomal anomalies.
Amniocentesis, like CVS, is an invasive test. The amniocentesis is usually done around 16-18 weeks of the pregnancy with a needle inserted through the abdomen with ultrasound guidance. A small amount of amniotic fluid, about 10cc or less than 5-10% is removed and sent to the laboratory. The amniocentesis reveals the baby's gender as well as chromosomal anomalies.
An ultrasound is a noninvasive test usually done around 18-20 weeks of the pregnancy. As part of the anatomy screen, the technician and doctor will check between the baby's legs to confirm it there is labia (girl) or a penis/scrotum (boy). The ultrasound is not 100% accurate and mistakes have been known to have been made.
NIPT, CVS, amniocentesis are very reliable methods to determine the baby's sex. There are other methods, most of which are less reliable.
Baby-Gender Prediction Kits
There are different kinds of products sold directly to the customer promising to reveal the baby's sex. Some kits sold on Amazon test your urine for as low as $14.95. These are not really accurate as the technology to reliably determine the baby's sex from the mother's urine does not exist yet. Another test sold online is a blood test which claims to be the same as the NIPT test. The test costs about $80 and can be done after 9 weeks of the pregnancy and claims to be 99% accurate.
Predicting Baby Gender the Low-Tech Way
You can have fun learning the many old wives’ tales that focus on baby gender prediction. Of course, these are just for frivolous entertainment.