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Waiting till a baby is born before getting to know whether it's a boy or girl is an excruciating experience for many expecting moms. There are various reasons why expecting moms wish to know the sex of the unborn baby. So, how does one know the gender of a baby before birth? How scientific and reliable could such methods be?

There 're different gender predictions tests, orthodox and unorthodox and the following are some of them and their reliability and accuracy.

Ultrasound This usually is not carried out for the purpose of finding out the sex of a baby but as part of a routine check-up during this period of the expecting moms life. For moral reasons, some doctors may hesitate to tell the prospective mom about the baby's sex. Companies like "Fetal Foto" in the US, however, provides independent ultrasound scan services.

The accuracy and reliability of ultrasound scans is subject to factors such as skill and experience of the one performing it. How the baby is possition in the womb is another. Accuracy in predicting a baby's sex is 90% and could be done on 16-20 weeks pregnancy.

Amniocentesis This genetic test does not only make known the gender of a baby but also brings to light any possible health problem the unborn baby might have after birth. Expecting moms of 35 years and above are entreated to avail themselves to such tests owing to the advanced maternal age and the possible health problems that might arise. Like ultrasound, it's not for the purpose of knowing the gender of a baby. Amniocentesis could be carried out on a 16-18 weeks pregnancy.

Over the counter prediction test A baby's gender could be revealed within ten minutes after a urine test. If the specimen turns orange, it's a girl and a green result indicates a baby boy. According to"IntelliGender", the manufacturers, it has an estimated accuracy of 78-80%

Chorionic Villus Sampling ( CVS) This is another genetic test carried out on a 10-13 weeks old pregnancy with the aim to finding out about the unborn baby's health condition with sex revealed as a "by-product" , if you like.

Following increased incidence of gender selection abortions, some health professionals who carry out these tests may hesitate to tell expecting moms about their baby's gender even if requested.

Chinese lunar Calender is one of the unorthodox means of finding out the gender of a baby. There are more than one version of this theory whose reliability one couldn't be sure of. It adds to the fun, though, doesn't it? According to this theory, the unborn's sex could be predicted base on the mom's age and the month of conception.

Lastly let's look at the"heartbeat" approach. By this theory, a fetal heartbeat of 140 or more means that the baby might be a girl and less than 140 might be a boy. This, however, is medically challenged on the grounds that a fetal heartbeat changes overtime and so this couldn't be a reliable means to know the gender of a baby.

The surest way, though, to knowing a baby's sex is at birth.


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