Ella Walsh July 03, For many expectant parents, the idea of waiting the full nine months before discovering the sex of their baby is not something they want to do. Blame it on our need for instant gratification or our desire to colour co-ordinate the nursery and the baby clothes, but more and more parents-to-be are choosing to find out the sex of their baby during pregnancy rather than waiting to enjoy the big surprise at birth. It seems that almost since Adam and Eve started their family, different cultures around the world have developed methods of predicting the sex of babies , and while some seem completely random, others have proven to be highly accurate despite their lack of scientific credentials. Ultrasound - high-frequency sound waves produces images of your baby while it is inside your uterus - is undeniably scientific and highly accurate. While not as romantic as twirling a wedding ring over your pregnant belly, it is the most likely method to give you information you can rely on. Ultrasounds conducted between weeks 18 and 26 are the most accurate at predicting the sex of your baby.
Am I Having a Boy or Girl? — Ultrasound & Sex Prediction
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In previous years, identification of fetal cells in maternal blood circulation has caused a new revolution in non-invasive method of prenatal diagnosis. Low number of fetal cells in maternal blood and long-term survival after pregnancy limited the use of fetal cells in diagnostic and clinical applications. With the discovery of cell-free fetal DNA cffDNA in plasma of pregnant women, access to genetic material of the fetus had become possible to determine early gender of a fetus in pregnancies at the risk of X-linked genetic conditions instead of applying invasive methods. Therefore in this study, the probability of detecting sequences on the Y chromosome in pregnant women has been evaluated to identify the gender of fetuses. Peripheral blood samples were obtained from 80 pregnant women at 6 th to 10 th weeks of gestation and then the fetal DNA was extracted from the plasma. At the end, all the obtained results were compared with the actual gender of the newborns.
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Although sonographic fetal sex determination is feasible in most pregnancies, in some cases, it may pose difficulties. An attempt to determine the fetal sex should not be made before weeks' gestation because this early, it is relatively inaccurate. Sonographic fetal sex determination in the late second trimester is based on direct visualization of the external genitalia, whereas in the late first and early second trimester, it is based mainly on the direction of the genital tubercle the "sagittal sign" : downward direction of the genital tubercle indicates a female fetus and upward direction a male fetus.
Boy or girl? Here's everything you need to know about when you can find out the gender of your baby through ultrasound. This is one of the most common questions doctors get from parents-to-be. The position of the baby during the ultrasound is key, and if your baby's curled up or facing the wrong way, you may have to wait until your next appointment.