Did you know that you don't have to wait for the 'gender ultrasound' to find out whether the unborn life inside you is a girl or a boy? Doesn't it sound amazing? It is because the advancements in technology have made it possible.
How is it possible?
Guessing whether the new member of the family will be a boy or a girl is always a matter of conversation that you'd hear a million times during the initial months of pregnancy. And trust us, the excitement of guessing soon wears off! However, the good news is that you don't have to wait for the gender determination test, usually scheduled at the 20the week of pregnancy, to find out whether a boy is living inside you or a girl.
Whatever the preferences are, to learn whether you will become a mother to a girl or a boy is something that always excites you.
Typically, an average pregnant woman in the United States needs to undergo one ultrasound test at the end of the first trimester (weeks 6-13), and another towards the end of the second (15-22). The third test during the 18-22 weeks of pregnancy happens to be the gender determination session or gender ultrasound.
However, if science were to be held accountable, you can learn of the gender of your baby much before the gender determination test.
Amazingly, a recent study argues that you can foretell your baby's gender during the first ultrasound with an astonishing 97 % accuracy!
Now you must be probably thinking how does it work, well here's how:
According to the study, the location of the placenta inside the womb is the only way to measure whether the baby-to-be will be a boy or a girl. The study was conducted during the first trimester (6-13), and the results have shown that for 9 out of 10 boys, the placenta almost rests on the left side of the uterus. The same study also found that for 9 out of 10 girls, the placenta sets on the right side of the uterus.
The researchers involved in the study validate their claim by saying that the method is a "highly accurate" and "remarkable" way to determine the sex of your baby.
The accuracy of this test for boys is 97.8 %, and 97.5% for girls. Obviously, in the case of boys, it does get rather clear on your later visits. So, don't panic if your doctor is not able to determine the gender of your baby. Go out and buy some neutral colors like green and yellow and prepare to welcome a new member of the family.