How Soon Can I Find Out My Baby’s Gender?
Finding out you’re pregnant is an incredibly exciting time. One of the first things many parents wonder about is whether they’re going to have a new baby boy or girl. It’s only natural to want to find out the baby’s gender as soon as possible. Once you have a positive pregnancy test, you should talk with your Jacksonville OBGYN about the different gender tests available. There are several available, though some have more risks than others.
When Is the Earliest I Can Test for My Baby’s Gender?
though gender is determined at conception, the baby’s genitals aren’t fully formed in the early stage of pregnancy. It isn’t until the sixth or seventh week of pregnancy that the internal organs begin to form. This makes gender hard to distinguish early on because boys and girls look very similar on the ultrasound. For most women, testing is done via an ultrasound midway through the pregnancy. That ranges from 16 to 20 weeks. Typically, 18 to 20 weeks is best to get a more accurate picture. Speak to your Jacksonville OBGYN for more information on how early you can test for your baby’s gender.
Is an Ultrasound the Only Way to Test a Baby’s Gender?
An ultrasound is the most common way to test a baby’s gender but it is not the only option available. Some women opt for genetic testing during pregnancy, when recommended by a physician. There are a few different types of genetic testing available.
Amniocentesis is a type of genetic testing that can tell you the gender of your baby. Conducted at 16-20 weeks by testing the amniotic fluid. Since it is invasive, the risk of complications like miscarriage are higher. As a result, amniocentesis is specifically used for women who have an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities including Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and neural tube defects. Your Jacksonville OBGYN will let you know if an amniocentesis is the right test for you.
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
Noninvasive prenatal testing or NIPT is a safer, noninvasive option available. While amniocentesis tests the amniotic fluid, NIPT tests the mother’s blood, so there is no risk of miscarriage. This is the only test that can be conducted as early as 10 weeks pregnant and can be used to find out the baby’s gender. However, NIPT doesn’t test for as many chromosomal defects as amniocentesis. NIPT can only test for Down syndrome and a few chromosomal defects. NIPT testing is typically for women who are at a higher risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal abnormalities. Women 35 or older or who have had a baby with a chromosomal abnormality are considered higher risk. Speak with your physician at North Florida OBGYN of Jacksonville to find out if this is the right option for you.
Speak to A Jacksonville OBGYN About Your Gender Testing Options
To discuss the gender testing options available to you, speak with the caring physicians at North Florida OBYGN of Jacksonville. Our team will help you decide which is the best type of testing for you to ensure the health of your baby. Schedule an appointment today by calling (904) 208-2550.