One of the big decisions of early pregnancy is whether to find out the gender of your baby. Highly contentious, this topic is hotly debated by almost all pregnant people and the people around them. Everyone seems to have an opinion, but what’s new really?? There are pros and cons to both.
I personally love the excitement and surprise of finding out at birth. Absolutely nothing has beaten that high in my life. In saying that, at about 36 weeks I become the worlds most impatient person because I want to prepare and get to know the person inside me. I’ve had a lot of friends find out and love it. My mum didn’t find out for her first two girls and then found out my brother was a boy at ultrasound. She says that she almost wished she didn’t find out because the surprise at birth would’ve been amazing. But she loved knowing as well. I guess, like everything, it’s different for every person and even every situation.
There are a plethora of theories about how to determine the sex of your baby, so I thought I’d share a few of them here.
There are only two definite ways you can know your baby’s gender: prenatal karyotyping (like amniocentesis or chorionic villi sample) and seeing it for yourself when they are born. Neither of these ways can be wrong (except in cases of extremely rare chromosomal abnormalities where sex is not as simple as boy or girl, but I’m not going to discuss those here).
The most common method of finding out gender antenatally is at ultrasound. This is usually done, if requested, at the morphology scan at 18-19 weeks pregnancy. Before this time it is difficult to determine sex by ultrasound. But as we know, this method is not 100% accurate. As ultrasounds improve in clarity and detail the risk of mistaken gender falls, but we’ve all heard the stories of nurseries painted pink only to discover a little unexpected appendage at birth, and vice versa!
The inspiration for this post actually came from an article I stumbled upon the other day. It’s a detailed research study completed by Ramzi in 2011, that highlights a connection between placental location and gender. I was so excited to read something that was actually scientific research about such an interesting, controversial topic. If you want to read the whole article click on Ramzi’s study. The basic gist is that a study of over 5000 women revealed that 97.2% of placentas located on the right of the uterus at a 6 week ultrasound were boys, while 97.5% of placentas imbedded on the left were girls. They are pretty convincing statistics! So if you want to know gender before the half way ultrasound, maybe you could ask the sonographer at your 6 week ultrasound where your placenta is located. Just keep in mind, yours could be one of the 2.8-2.5% of placentas that are on the opposite side!
And just because you’re all dying to know… From the 19 week ultrasound my placenta is… Smack bang in the centre at the back! Haha (I read the article around 17 weeks so too late for 6 week ultrasound).
Below is a list of other methods of gender identification. These methods range from mildly scientific to wildly ridiculous, though people will swear by whichever method “worked for them”. Let’s keep in mind, you’ve always got 50/50 chance!
If you want any more suggestions all you need to do is google it, there’s heaps! But my theory is that if you have your heart set on one particular gender, then perhaps you should hold off on having a baby. There are no guarantees and each and every baby is a very special and unique gift.