How to determine your baby’s gender from fetus


Every man and woman wants a healthy baby, but do they want a boy or girl? Even without admitting it, we all have a preference. For instance, if you already have a boy, you’d probably like a girl, or vice versa.

The big question is whether you can actually determine the sex of your baby before birth? The answer is yes; thanks to modern Assisted Reproduction Techniques, ART. There are various reasons why a couple may want a child of a particular gender, therefore choosing the sex of a baby during pregnancy and before birth is commonplace.

A recent survey revealed that about half of all Americans want their first child to be a boy. Among married couples surveyed, 47 per cent said they would prefer to have a son first. Only 21 per cent of the respondents said they would like to have a daughter as their first child, and 32 per cent said they had no preference either way. While the majority of couples want a son first, the reasons behind their gender preferences are varied.

Most of the couples who want a boy—45 per cent—say they feel that having a son would be less hard work than a daughter. On the other hand, a third says they want a boy because older sons are better at looking after their younger siblings.

Strong preference for sons Another survey showed that in Africa and Asia, the preference for sons is strong and increasing. Further findings show that traditional family systems predict in advance the nature of these gender preferences, while religion does not, and that the magnitude of preferences is stronger for wealthier and more educated women.

Yet more research shows that once parents are closer to achieving their total desired number of children, the gender composition of children already born becomes an important determinant of whether they would have another child. For instance, in a number of Asian or African settings, families with four or five or even six children are more likely to add another child if all of the children up to this point are girls rather than boys.

Under these conditions, sex selection can help couples maximize their chance of having a small family size of both sexes. So instead of trying repeatedly and hoping on chance, they would prefer a more certain method of selecting the sex of the child more so as economic and population parameters will suggest that families limit the number of children they have. It is perfectly normal to feel this way.

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