Mirror, Mirror On the Wall….

June 30, 2011

Culture

I think I have seen it all. Did you know that there is a test for expectant mothers to determine if the baby will be a boy or girl? What do you think about how to determine the gender of your baby with a simple gender test? Think it’s for real?

Apparently, it’s a urine test. The mom can take the test as early as two months to determine the baby’s gender! When I had my kids– oh my word over a decade ago– this was impossible. Has technology advanced so much to determine the gender of the baby? When I was a young person, some of my friends played this kooky needle and thread game to figure out if the baby would be a boy or girl. I don’t remember exactly– you dangle the needle over the wrist; if it moves in a circle, it’s a girl; if it moves in a line, it’s a boy. And that was as technological as we got back then.

And that, my friends, is why the ultrasound was invented.

I had ultrasounds for all my kids. The hubs always wanted to know the baby’s gender, but I always wanted to be surprised. So for half the kids, we found out; for the other half, we kept it a mystery. But today, there’s some concern about the safety of ultrasounds (oh sure, NOW they tell me!). No one really knows if the baby or mom is affected in anyway by the radio waves or isotopes or alien space xeon rays or whatever they do to make that image on the screen. When I had them, the images were very blurry. Even the technician would squint and hem and haw as he tried to figure out what was what. Anyway, I probably would have had fewer ultrasounds if I’d known that no one knows whether they are bad for you!!

Which leads me back to the urine test. This could be a very good, safe gender predictor method. IF it works. I am SO tempted to try this out for myself, just to see if it works. But then again, NO WAY NOT IN A MILLION YEARS.

If you get it, let me know. I’d love to know if it works!!

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4 Responses to “Mirror, Mirror On the Wall….”

  1. Renee Says:

    It’s always been possible as long as DNA testing has been available. You had to have an amnio, though, and they could tell from the fluid. You can also do a paternity test that way. I don’t know that I believe a urine test will do it.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hi Renee! šŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment.

      I have heard there is some risk involved in amnios. They are much more frequently performed because women are waiting much longer to have children. I had all mine in my 20’s, so I never had an amnio. I probably would have declined one, anyway.

      The urine test just *might* work. I figure it would have to be extremely sensitive and performed at the correct time… early on, hormones determine the gender of the child, and I assume the hormones would flood the mother’s body, as well. But I think this happens very early on… it would be interesting to see if this test truly did work! If not, well, then I guess most of the moms of the world are back to flipping a coin.

  2. Renee Says:

    If I remember correctly, the risk from amnio is that your risk of miscarriage goes up something like 1%, so it’s nominal if you REALLY want to know. šŸ™‚

  3. Jude Says:

    Urine tests are mostly reliable, unless if they are not done well.