Q: Please how does one know the sex of the baby in the womb without ultrasound?
A: Hmm! Nice question 😀 If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard several variations of what sex of baby different people think you’re carrying. Some would say, If you’re carrying low, it’s a boy and if you’re carrying high, it’s a girl; If you have a lot of morning sickness, then it’s a girl. All of these are amazingly funny and have no basis in fact 😀 I discussed about 20 more of these myths in my book.
Now, how do you determine the sex of your baby without ultrasound and without listening to these old wives’ tales?
Well, ultra sound scan is really your best bet. It is non-invasive and if your baby co-operates by lying in a position that allows the sonographer (the person who performs the ultra sound scan) correctly see the presence or absence of a third leg (the penis), it’s also pretty accurate.
If for any reason, you don’t want to do this (I wonder why???!), there are a few other methods. These methods, however, are invasive (involves the introduction of instruments into the woman’s body) and may lead to miscarriage and other complications and so would not ordinarily be performed just to confirm the sex of a baby.
Amniocentesis: A sample of the fluid surrounding the baby is obtained and analyzed for the chromosome content. This tells us whether the baby is male or female.
Chorionic Villus sampling: A sample of the placental tissue is obtained and analyzed.
If you had your baby through In Vitro Fertilization, before implantation, it is also possible to determine the baby’s sex.
So, there you go! Ultra Sound scan appears to be the safest choice as it is not invasive when compared to the other methods. Another option is to choose not to know 😀 Be pleasantly surprised on the D-Day!
Have a good night, people 😀