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Should you request the gender from your pre-natal scan?

jmn30139f1 300x257 Should you request the gender from your pre natal scan?Having a baby is a wonderful experience; there is so much expectation and anticipation, especially for the first time parents.  Emotions tend to be at their peak and sometimes there are so many “what if’s” involved.  One of the biggest is that parents want to know if they’re going to have a boy or a girl.  For some, just having a healthy child is enough, but for others, more wary of suspense, they want to know beforehand.  They then decide to request the gender from the pre-natal scan.  Whatever the rationale, this decision is a very personal one, but let’s look at some of the pros and cons.

It is helpful to know your baby’s gender so that you can easily decide on a name ahead of time. This way you can go through all the effort involved in choosing just the right name so that the baby can be named as soon as he/she is born.

Other ways in which this knowledge can help is when making practical preparations for your baby.  Decisions such as what color to decorate the nursery and buying gender specific clothes can all be done ahead of time, so there is no rush to do so after the baby is born.  This way, everything is organized and in place for the birth.

Finding out the gender can be useful if both parents have their heart set on a particular choice.  If it happens that they are not having what can be considered their first choice then at least they will be able to deal with any disappointment before the birth.  This is sure to make the birth experience a happy one as, hopefully, they would have settled on the fact that they will not be getting their wish this time around.

On the other hand, pre-natal scans are not 100% accurate.  There have been times when parents have been advised that their baby will be one gender, then, having spent money on gender specific clothes and nursery decorations, the baby has turned out to be of the other gender. Not so good if you have to do it all over again.

Finding out the gender can take some of the excitement out of the birth.  Some mothers have said that because they did not know the gender in advance, they appreciated the suspense and were very excited at the time of delivery. This would of course have been lost had they opted to find out the gender during the pre-natal scan.

The bottom line is that the decision is yours.  Whether it’s just for curiosity or preference there is no real benefit either way; it really depends on the persons involved.  Conflicts have arisen when one parent wants to know the gender and the other does not, and during pregnancy you can really do without such problems.  The parents who wait though, seem to think that, after 9 months, as long as their baby is healthy that’s all that matters and, after all, it’s not like you can return it if it’s not the gender you hoped for.

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