Finding out you’re expecting a baby is usually an occasion for much celebration. Whether you’re trying or not, a positive result is always accompanied by at least a small sliver of surprise which quickly gives way to elation.
For many people, however, the surprises stop there. These are the people who are determined to find out every little thing about their baby along the way. And, with the invention of technologies such as 3d pre-natal scanning and in-utero DNA testing, it really is possible to know just about everything.
A Divisive Topic
Nevertheless, there is still a determined camp of people who like to keep one aspect of their pregnancy. The question of whether or not you should find out the sex of your baby ahead of the birth is one which seems to be fairly divisive, with most parents coming down firmly in either one camp or the other. This may be due, in part, to the fact that modern technology has made ‘sexing’ a child so terribly easy. For some parents, finding out whether they’re having a boy or a girl is simply another aspect of a routine 20-week scan. But for others, finding out at the birth seems much more natural.
There are medical benefits to finding out the sex of a child early. Some genetic conditions – such as muscular dystrophy– only affect boys, and some other conditions only affect girls. If there is a history of any such condition in your family, finding out the sex of your baby will help you to prepare in the event that your baby inherits it. In this type of situation, the earlier you know the better it is for both mother and baby, and modern technology has meant that companies such as EasyDNA are now able to offer urine testing at 9 weeks with a 99% prediction success rate.
Making Your Mind Up
If genetics don’t play a role in your decision making with regards to finding out the sex of your baby, then the decision is really up to you. In fact, there are so many schools of thought on the matter – many of which rely on points of tradition, social conditioning etc. – that it’s almost impossible to say that there is a single, definitive argument either for or against. And if you are happier knowing – or not – then that’s your decision to make.
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