Thanks to the newest technologies, couples no longer have to wait until an ultrasound or for their baby to be born to know which gender the baby will have. People often think that couples only consider having a gender test if they plan to throw a gender reveal party, but this is not necessarily true. Knowing your baby’s gender ahead of time allows you to choose your baby’s name. Why spend nine months choosing a name when you get to know your baby’s gender as early as the 7th week of pregnancy? It also makes it easier for parents to decide about decorating their room and the clothes and toys you’ll buy for them. Knowing your baby’s gender weeks in advance helps you to be organized for the baby and avoid surprises.
Do it all without leaving home
The laboratories have created a kit you can buy online and receive at home. In this kit, you will have everything you need to take the samples so that the laboratory can reveal the gender of your baby. It is a blood sample from the mother that the laboratory uses to extract the baby’s DNA. From the seventh week of pregnancy, a part of the baby’s DNA appears in the mother’s blood; this is when the laboratories can find out the gender of your baby. Keep in mind that someone can do only this type of test for a single baby. If you are expecting twins or more babies, you will have to wait until you can have a 4D ultrasound because the babies’ DNA gets mixed up, making it impossible for the labs to separate them.
How to obtain the samples?
There are a few recommendations you must follow to ensure that the blood sample has optimal quality. First, it is essential to drink at least 8 ounces of water 20 minutes before the test. The water will help the blood flow more easily and therefore make it easier for you to draw blood. Read the instructions included in the kit and clarify all your doubts before proceeding. Once you open the package, there is no turning back. Remove any protective plastic from it and place everything on a table that you have cleaned thoroughly. Then wash your hands and dry them before taking the sample. The kits’ directions will tell you how to submit the sample to the lab. Once you submit the samples, you will have to wait about 48 hours before the lab sends you the results.