Should We Find Out The Sex of Our Unborn Baby or Wait and Be Surprised?
May 29, 2014
If you are an expectant parent and are wrestling with the decision of whether or not to find out the sex of your baby ahead of time, you are not alone. Everyday couples just like you wrestle with the same decision. That is because technology today is so advanced that it is now possible to find out the sex of your baby at a very early stage in your pregnancy. If you are willing to pay a little bit of extra money, you can even get a 4D ultrasound that will give you a clear picture of what your child will look like when he or she is born. So what are the pros and cons of finding out the sex of your baby?
Many couples find that finding out the sex of their baby before birth helps them to make certain plans such as determining a name for their baby, decorating the nursery and registering for and buying clothing and other items. It also helps them to become more excited about the impending birth because they can talk to and refer to their baby by name.
In contrast, other couples decide not to find out the sex of their baby ahead of time so that they can save the surprise for the delivery room. Waiting to find out the sex of your baby until the actual delivery can add an element of surprise and make that special moment even more special.
So what if one spouse wants to find out the sex of the baby ahead of time and the other does not? That can be a problem. I have even heard of couples where one parent found out ahead of time and the other did not. Other couples have as the doctor or ultrasound technician to write down the sex of their baby on a piece of paper, placed it in an envelope and waited until a certain date such as Christmas or New Years to open the envelope.
There is no right answer to the question of whether or not to find out the sex of your baby ahead of time. Every couple is different. Now it is up to you and your partner to decide what is best for you.
Posted on behalf of Carlos Alarcon, M.D., Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.