Is it a boy or a girl?

Posted on October 31, 2011

One of the first questions that many people are asked when they announce that they are pregnant is if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl. The sex of your baby affects many aspects of bringing your child up and how you see your baby. Most soon to be parents are very eager and excited to learn the sex of their unborn baby but others are not as keen and prefer to wait until the actual event of the birth to discover whether they have a son or a daughter.

The gender of your baby can usually be observed after around sixteen weeks into your pregnancy when you have an ultrasound scan. The ultrasound scan produces an image of your growing baby and is used to check up on its development and positioning in the womb. There are different types of ultrasound scans and they can be performed in 3D or 4D. A three dimensional scan will produce still images of your baby which can be put together to create a video image. A four dimensional ultrasound scan is able to display live images of your baby and can show any movement or expression displayed by the unborn baby. It is during these routine checks that the sex of the baby can be observed and revealed to the parents.

Knowing whether you are going to have a son or a daughter can add to the excitement of the pregnancy and can help you to plan properly for the birth and first stages of your baby’s life. Simple things such as what colour clothes to buy and how to decorate the baby’s bedroom can all be decided if you know if you will be having a boy or a girl. Finding out earlier on in the pregnancy also means that you have more time to dwell on the important decision of what you are going to name your baby. Names are very important and stay with us our whole lives and so for this reason it is important to put some serious thought into the decision. Having more times means you can go through various options and take your time without any pressure to quickly settle on a name after the birth.

Not all parents however want to be told the gender of their child until the event of the actual birth itself takes place. You may be one of those who prefer to wait for the moment of birth and then the sex of your baby will be a surprise. Whatever decision you settle on when deciding to know the gender of your baby it is an exciting time and you can make all sorts of plans and arrangement for your new baby regardless of its gender. If you do decide that you want to find out if you are going to have a baby boy or a baby girl then you can make additional plans for the birth and also start thinking about possible names for your new baby.

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Tom Farrell

Written by Tom Farrell

Tom Farrell works in both the NHS and private sector providing gynaecology, pregnancy ultrasound and maternity care clinics in the Jessop Wing (NHS) and BMI Thornbury & Claremont Hospital (Private sector) in Sheffield.

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