25 February 2021 (updated)

Is It Important to Know the Sex of the Baby?

A doctor can determine the sex of the baby as early as the tenth week of pregnancy. But should you find out the baby's gender, or should it be a surprise?

Today, there are many reasons during pregnancy parents want to know whether they’re expecting a boy or a girl. Some might want to decorate the child’s room with decorations that match the gender. Others want to buy suitable clothes in pinks or blues, or narrow down their baby name choices. Perhaps knowing the gender will help them to start establishing a bond with the child, even in utero. or maybe they’re more concerned with keeping in control of the situation.

In a world where everything’s instantly available with one click of the smartphone, there aren’t many things we have to leave to chance, so it’s no wonder many expectant parents don’t want to be surprised after nine months of pregnancy.

How Does the Sex of the Baby Get Determined?

Even though it might take several weeks before doctors can reveal whether you're having a boy or girl, the baby gender is determined at the time of fertilization. The mother passes an X chromosome to the baby, and the father will provide either an X or a Y chromosome. If XX is present, it's a girl. If XY is present, it's a boy.

Early Signs of Your Baby’s Sex

For centuries, there have been a lot of superstitious beliefs about how to determine the sex of the baby. There’s nothing wrong with most of them. For example, pimples during pregnancy are a sign for a girl, because she’s already stealing some of her mother’s beauty. Will cloudy urine and a wide belly will result in a beautiful daughter? Perhaps! Or maybe different food cravings might give some clues about the baby’s sex? There are countless of these “old wive’s tales", but most parents are only concerned about their child’s health.

Some people also like to take a pregnancy quiz, where they can guess the baby gender based on things like the Chinese month and year of conception. It might seem that everyone likes to predict "boy or girl". But without medical confirmation, there isn't a quiz you can take or question you can answer that can tell you if you're having a baby boy or girl.  So even though an early quiz or question might be fun to get an idea of the gender, don't put too much credit in those early signs!

Should I Find Out the Sex of the Baby?

While there are several benefits of finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time, here are a few things to ask to make sure you REALLY want to know.

  • Do I want a gender-neutral nursery?
  • Do I want gender-neutral clothes for my baby?
  • Can I handle the suspense of waiting a little longer to know if I’m having a boy or girl?

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, you might want to wait to find out if you’re having a son or daughter. If you can’t stand the suspense any longer, thanks to modern medicine, you don’t have to rely on what somebody might predict or a random cravings quiz about your baby's gender.

Wanting to know the baby’s sex in advance is a personal decision and outsiders should not be allowed to interfere. Even if the pressure is great when someone asks: “And, what will it be?” – just smile with an inner radiance and say: “A baby!”



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