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Determing Baby's Sex

How Early Would You Want to Know Baby's Sex?

Waiting for the 20 week ultrasound to determine a baby's gender may soon become a thing of the past. Researchers in the Netherlands just published the results of a study in which a blood test as early as seven weeks into a pregnancy was used to determine a baby's sex with 100 percent accuracy.

The study, which was conducted to seek out gender-related genetic disorders, used routine blood tests to search for X and Y chromosomes. If a Y chromosome was found, the baby was accurately assumed to be a boy, and if no Y chromosomes were detected, additional DNA testing was performed to confirm that the baby was female. Unlike the Intelligender Gender Prediction Test, the blood test was found to be correct for the 189 of the 201 women who received conclusive results.

There is no set timetable for making the test available for the general public. But, we want to know just how early you would want to know your baby's gender.

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I wish I could have found out that I was having a girl the second I found out I was pregnant! In fact, I wish the test would have read, "Pregnant with one healthy girl, due Apr. 20, will come Apr. 24."
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
@10 - I think, if I'm interpreting it correctly, it's considered 100% accurate because out of 189 women who had conclusive results, the gender was predicted accurately. The remaining 20 women had inconclusive results, which I believe means that either there wasn't enough information to predict it accurately yet (some babies just cook a little slower and 7 weeks didn't do it for them, I guess! :).
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 7 years
You're right, there ARE few surprises left in life but here's the thing, WHENEVER you find out, it's a surprise!! I don't understand the concept that finding out during pregnancy makes gender NOT a surprise!! Ridiculous. I was extremely ill and had a tumor growing in my uterus during this pregnancy. They did a CVS test on me, although I really don't think the results would have influenced me either way about keeping the baby, they just wanted to know if he/she was okay. Well, I found out at 11 weeks we're having a girl. It was the news I needed after all the medical intervention and testing I had....I loved finding out early. With DS I found out at 6 months. :-)
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yes emo, I meant we found out the sex by week 24. Guess I should proof read ;) I was actually sick from day 1 till the end. It even landed me in the hospital 4 times throughout the pregnancy!
kia kia 7 years
I am 19 weeks now and my husband and I are opting to learn at the birth.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
That's pretty cool! With my 1st they couldn't tell me until almost 6 months - and it drove us crazy - because she kept moving around everytime they tried to look! Our 2nd was a surprise...which I think was pretty fun to find out in the delivery room!
mstrauss mstrauss 7 years
I would love to know the sex of my baby as soon as I know I am pregnant.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I would probably have the blood test along with the other blood testing they do early on if they were doing it. I wouldn't seek it out though. I don't like surprises, I like to plan. I also really like picking things out slowly, a few things at a time. I found out at 6 months with my first and it was WAY too long for me. I'm neurotic about planning, and i wanted to know.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 7 years
Thanks, Anony....I need to read closer. lol.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 7 years
finding out earlier than 20 wks would be great, but its also something fun to look forward to. how on earth did you not know you were pregnant until 24 wks, starbucks? you must have been blessed with no morning sickness early on.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
At 7 weeks I didn't even have I clue I was pregnant. We found out when I was 24 weeks along which was great. There was still this mistery around the pregnancy because we didn't know if it was a boy or a girl. If the possibility of finding out earlier had been offered I'd gladly had taken it!
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