Ultrasound and examination of maternal blood are the most commonly used clinical methods for that, but there are even homemade techniques that promise to find out the sex of the baby
It’s a boy or a girl? After confirming that the woman is definitely pregnant, it is very common to parents waiting anxiously to discover the sex of the baby.
There are exceptions, but these days, there are few couples who prefer to wait for the time of delivery to satisfy curiosity about it.
The confirmation on the sex of the baby will determine many important points as, for example, the name, the details of the hope chest, room decoration, besides, of course, be linked to the plans that parents have in relation to the child who will be born!
And, today, to the delight of the majority of parents don’t have to wait too long to know what is the sex of the baby. Below you can learn about the methods available to it.
This is the most widespread form of knowing the sex of the baby, in addition to owning more affordable price.
Alfonso Massaguer, obstetrician and Gynecology Clinic Clinical Director Mother, explains that the ultrasound can be done from 12 weeks. “He seeks to directly see the genital organ, the angles in the fetus,” he says.
It sounds simple, but it is worth mentioning, the position of the baby in the womb is essential so that the doctor can have clear images. Sometimes, the baby may have already fully formed genitalia, but if his position is not favorable, the doctor may not get an angle suitable for evaluating the pelvic region.
“The ultrasound has greater credibility mostly from 16 weeks, depending on the ultrasound and the baby’s position,” adds the gynecologist Massaguer.
- Fetal Sexing (Examination Of Maternal Blood)
This is a review of maternal blood that can be made from 8 to 9 weeks, according to Massaguer.
“The blood test seeking male DNA, that is, pieces of the Y chromosome in the mother’s blood,” says the doctor.
The downside is that this test is not done by the public and not covered by HMOs doctors, that is, you will have to pay to “solve” this curiosity. It can cost between 300 and 500 real depending on the region where it will be done.
“The examination of maternal blood has high reliability, especially if done after 9 weeks and if there is pregnancy only, plus some tests also evaluate other chromosomes and diseases such as Down syndrome, Patau, Edward, Tuner, among others,” the gynecologist Massaguer.
In this case, you can find out at home even if you’re carrying a boy or a girl. Is a relatively new technology in Brazil, but that already present in other countries.
The IntelliGender test promises to tell the sex of the baby in 10 minutes with only 10 weeks gestation.The hit probability is 82 percent, according to the manufacturer.
The disadvantage is the high price and the fact that this type of product will not be found easily in pharmacies of all cities.
In addition, it is worth mentioning, the result is not reliable if the woman is using hormones such as progesterone. The effectiveness of the test also is not good in case of twins or more.
Homemade Methods And Popular Beliefs
You may have already heard, for example, that if the belly of pregnant is pointy, it is a sign that the baby is a boy; and if your tummy is rounded, it’s a girl. This is a popular belief that existed for a long time and passed from generation to generation.
It is interesting to note that, despite all the technological advances, many people still resort to homemade tests and beliefs of the time of their great-grandparents to try to guess the sex of the baby.
It is important to note that, as there are only two options for sex, male or female, any test, as “absurd” as it is, will always have a 50% hit rate.
Below, out of curiosity, do you know the main games that promise to solve the sex of the baby.
- Format Of The Belly
It is believed that if the belly of pregnant is more “pointy”, she will have a boy; If the belly is more “rounded”, will have a girl.
Alfonso Massaguer highlights, however, that this is a myth. The format and the size of the belly of the mother has no relationship with the sex of the baby, but, Yes, with muscle tone the abdomen, with the biotype of the woman, the size and weight of the baby, etc.
- Chinese Table
According to legend, a Chinese table of more than 700 years ago was found buried in the tomb of a Royal family and can predict, from the age of the mother and the lunar month of conception, the sex of the baby with 99% security.
To use the table just combine Chinese lunar age of mother with the month in which she got pregnant (month of conception). The lunar age is defined with the age of the woman + 1. (However, if sum the number 1 who was born in January or February).
For example, a woman who has 34 years, was born in March, has like lunar age: 34 + 1 = 35. Just combine table 35 the month of conception.
However, it is worth mentioning that this table is nothing more than a belief. In fact, this study to prove that she was 99% efficiency. Through a survey, which evaluated the pregnancy of 2.8 milhões women between 1973 and 2006, it was concluded that the Chinese table has a hit rate near 50%.
- Trick Of Silverware
Ask for the child’s father or another person who is curious to know the sex of the baby put a knife and a spoon under every pillow. Then, you just need to choose a pillow and sit on it: sat on the pad with a spoon, it’s a girl; sat on the pillow with knife, it’s a boy.
Of course this is only a joke and has no scientific proof.
- Palm Of Your Hand
This is a joke that the pregnant woman should ignore. Another person asks her to show the hand: if she show her Palm upward, it’s a boy; If she show her Palm down, girl.
This is more of a joke/belief that serves to entertain those who are expecting to know the sex of the baby, but he has no proof.
- Age Of Parents
Another joke says, adding the age of the mother and father’s age by subtracting 1 if the result is even, it’s a boy; If is odd, it’s a girl.
You can see that none of these games have connection to the reality, that is, you can’t know whether a baby will be a boy or a girl through a simple operation of addition and subtraction pre-determined, for example. They’re nothing but popular beliefs that serve to amuse some people who are on that expectation to find out the sex of the baby, after all, it costs nothing to make them, don’t you?
Of course, from time to time, this game might work. After all, as there are only two options for sex, male or female, any test will always have a 50% hit rate. But there’s no denying that they’re nothing but myths.
To find out the sex of the baby, the correct way is to resort to clinical methods, namely, the ultrasound or examination of maternal blood.