Amniocentesis is a genetic test typically performed on pregnant women who are at higher risk for certain genetic diseases or birth defects.
It can provide information on the genetic status of your baby, and can also determine your baby’s gender. It is usually performed between the 9th and 18th week of pregnancy.
During an amniocentesis, fluid from your uterus is removed using a needle. This fluid (the amniotic fluid) contains vital information about your baby. It can be analyzed to determine your baby’s sex.
Results typically take between two and four weeks, however, they are close to 99% accurate. Amniocentesis does carry a risk of miscarriage however: miscarriage occurs in about 1% of all amniocentesis procedures.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Chorionic villus sampling can also be used to determine the gender of your baby. However, CVS is usually reserved for women who are at high risk of having a baby with a genetic or chromosomal abnormality. It is typically performed in between the 8th and 11th week of pregnancy.
During CVS, samples of the cells from small projections on your placenta (called villi) are removed. These cells are then analyzed for their genetic structure.
CVS is also 99% accurate in determining the sex of a fetus. However, CVS is not without its risks. This procedure carries a 4% risk of miscarriage and is also associated with an increased risk for infection, premature labor, and fetal damage.
Other Popular Methods to Determine Gender
If you are not interested in pursuing a clinical procedure to find out your baby’s gender, than you may want to turn to some old wives tales and myths to help you find out if you are having a boy or a girl.
There are hundreds of different myths in circulation about gender in pregnancy. Here are just a few of the more popular ones.
You will have a boy if:
- baby’s heart rate is under 140 beats per minute.
- you are carrying low and in front
- your urine is bright yellow
- your right breast is bigger than your left
- you don’t experience any morning sickness in the first trimester
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