Test for Baby Gender Prediction

Do we need to find out the sex of our baby before he or she is born? It depends. After all we have done without for thousands of years. Do we find it necessary just because the procedure is now available? Are there any non-trivial reasons to do so?
Robin Elise Weiss has these thoughts on the subject to share with us.
Test for Baby Gender Prediction

The choice, she says, to find out the sex of your baby prenatally is personal. She then goes on to talk about some of the procedures used to determine the sex of the baby, the risks involved and the reliability of the results obtained.
The choices involved include Amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), and Ultrasound.

Amniocentesis
This test is carried out at 9 weeks or at 18 weeks for diagnostic reasons. The risks involved are about 1-1.5% of miscarriage and 1% of other complications related to pregnancy such as premature labour, infection, membrane rupture, injury to the foetus, placenta or the cord. The test is about 2-4 weeks. There is a minor possibility of a wrong result.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)Baby Gender Prediction Usually performed between 8 to 11 weeks of the term. This test is generally meant for people who have a high risk of genetic abnormalities. The test result takes 7 to 14 days. Risks involved are around 4% rate of miscarriage, and if done before 10 weeks of the term, involves an additional risk of 0.5% to 1.7% of deformity of the limbs. Also a serious decline in amniotic fluid protection has been observed in 3% of CVS. Chances of false positive results as the cellular genetic material of the foetus and that of the chorionic villi are different. Here again there is a minor possibility that the test result will be wrong.
Baby Gender Prediction
Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be done at any stage of pregnancy, however for to find out the sex of the foetus it is most effective if performed between 18 and 26 weeks. Although most pre-natal care facilities will not carry out an ultrasound procedure, for specifically finding out the sex of the unborn child, and also the American College of OB/GYNs has issued a bulletin against routine exposure to ultrasound during pregnancy, most practitioners ignore this warning. Also, though studies on the safety of ultrasound procedures have not been done adequately, it is known that exposure to ultrasound can bring about changes to the way the cell moves and reproduces. Other studies have also indicated that ultrasound can heat up the cells. This method, though the most frequently used, is the most inaccurate. Variability of accuracy depends on a number of factors: the technician’s skill, the age of gestation and the degree to which the baby cooperates.

Robin goes on to say that on this matter, more than a few decisions need to be made, and that each couple has their own “reasons” to choose whatever way they choose; to determine the sex of the unborn child or not to do so.

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