One of the most pertinent questions you may have when you find out that you’re pregnant relates to the gender of your child, i.e. is it a girl or a boy?
It is therefore natural to seek out opportunities that allow you to know your baby’s gender as soon as possible.
What Solutions Are Expectant Mothers Using?
Many opt to seek the answer this question through conventional methods like ultrasound, usually done between the 18th – 22nd weeks of pregnancy. However, issues arise when the doctor is unable to determine a clear view of the genitals of your baby. This issue is compounded by the fact that the genitals of baby boy and baby girl share many commonalities during the first trimester all the way up until the 14th week of pregnancy, a non-ideal solution for those looking for an answer sooner rather than later.
Another solution comes in the form of amniocentesis, a diagnostic measure that is carried out by removing amniotic fluid by way of a hypodermic needle. It is typical for this procedure to be conducted amidst the 16th - 20th weeks of gestation. Problems stem from this method as a result of it being an invasive procedure, one of which comes from the increased risk of miscarriage, currently affecting 1/900 women post-procedure.
Reasons like these are why expectant mothers are now seeking alternatives, much like the non-invasive prenatal gender test provided by Prenatal Genetics Laboratory where we accommodate prenatal testing to be conducted as early as the 10th week of your pregnancy.
How Does a Non-Invasive Prenatal Gender Test Work?
A prenatal gender test like ours works through analysis of the fetal DNA that is found in the mother’s blood. To conduct this analysis, a straightforward blood sampling is required (from a local laboratory or hospital) so that we may determine the sex of your baby. The result? Timely (5 days), and accurate (>99%) results, all while keeping mothers and their unborn child out of harm’s way.