#3) Fetal chromosome testing
Fetal chromosome testing detects abnormalities in chromosomes. There is invasive and noninvasive testing.
Invasive carries risks where non-invasive has little or no risks.
You wouldn’t get a fetal chromosome test solely to find out the gender of your child because of the risks it carries, plus there are easier and cheaper ways!
There are 2 common types of diagnostic tests, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis.
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
This test is usually done between 10 and 13 weeks and involves either having a small tube (catheter) inserted through the cervix or a thin needle inserting into the abdomen to the placenta to acquire a small sample of tissue.
This tissue sample contains the same genetic material as the fetus which means it can detect chromosomal abnormalities and other genetic disorders your child may have, as well as the gender of the child.
This test is done from 15 weeks onward. This method also uses a long, thin needle inserted in the mother’s abdomen into the amniotic sac to collect a sample of fluid.
This fluid is then analyzed for any chromosomal abnormalities.
Who needs it?
As mentioned above, you wouldn’t get this type of testing for gender prediction alone. That is just a benefit of getting these tests done. This test is for people who:
- have a family history of genetic disorders or have had a child with a genetic disorder.
- have parents who are carriers of specific genetic disorders.
- have had an abnormal ultrasound that calls for this testing.
- has had NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) done that gave you positive results. This would be a follow-up to confirm the findings.
- are 35 and up. People age 35 and up have an increased risk of having a child with chromosomal abnormalities like Down Syndrome.
How much does it cost?
Depending on your insurance coverage, you could be out of pocket $1000- $5,000 for CVS and up to $7,000 for Amniocentesis, however, most of the time these genetic tests are covered by insurance.
Both types of diagnostic testing (CVS and Amniocentesis) have an increased risk of miscarriage. To be exact, CVS has a 1% chance of causing miscarriage and amniocentesis has slightly less of a risk.
#4) Wives Tales
One of my FAVORITE ways to tell the gender of your baby! There are SO many wives tales that claim to predict gender that I won’t even try to name them all. I’ll just tell you a few popular ones you can try!
The great thing about these, they don’t cost a thing!
The ring test!
It’s simple, all you have to do is get a piece of your hair, if you wear a ring, use it. If not, you can use any ring.
Put the hair through the ring hole and tie the hair around the ring so they are interlocked.
From there, hold out your wrist to where your palm is face up. The necklace will start to move, watch it closely. If it goes in a circle, supposedly you are going to have a baby girl. If it moves back and forth, it is a boy.
Furthermore, the necklace will tell you how many children you will have as well as the gender of each. If you already have children, it will begin with your first child, go for 15 seconds, then it will go to your next child, and even your future children. When it is to the end, it will stop completely.
It was and is eerily accurate for me!
An old wives tale claims that you can tell the gender of your child judging by the food you crave during pregnancy.
If you have had a serious sweet tooth every since you got pregnant, it’s said you are going to have a girl! On the other hand, if you have been craving salty foods, you are supposedly having a baby boy!
[Melissa here] This proved true to all of my kiddos. The girls I had to have ice cream of sweets every single day. With my boys it wasn’t salty foods but I craved anything and everything spicy.
Moody vs. Mellow!!
This is an interesting one. One wives tale says that you can find out the gender of your baby judging by your typical mood.
If you are generally moody and always on edge, it is supposed to be a girl.
If you are mellow the majority of the time, boy it is!
#5) Gender predictor from the pharmacy
Wait for what?
Yes! You heard me right! There is actually a gender predictor test that uses a urine sample, and can supposedly tell you the gender of your baby!!
This test claims to be able to predict gender as early as 6 weeks by detecting testosterone in the urine.
If you are like me, you are a little skeptical, so I did some research. Turns out, there is no sexual hormone in the urine at this stage of pregnancy according to Daniel A. Potter, MD.
Basically what that means is, there is a 50/50 chance of it being correct and that is just by chance so don’t believe the hype!