finding out the sex of your baby
the pros & cons
With both my daughters, I found out. I’m way too impatient to wait for 9 whole months, I hate surprises! With baby #2 everyone was convinced she was a boy since I ‘carried differently’! The two pregnancies couldn’t have been much different, but the old wives tales proved to be wrong.
More and more hospitals are making the decision not to reveal the sex of baby, so is it worth paying for a private gender reveal?
The pros of finding out
If you are like me and WAY too impatient, you’ll totally get on board with the fact that it doesn’t matter whether you find out at 20 weeks or find out when your baby is born, you get a surprise – so why wait?
Choosing a name is hard enough as it is without having to think of a boy AND girl name!
Once you have that name locked in, you can buy the most adorable keepsakes with baby’s name on!
If you are feeling ill during your pregnancy, finding out the gender of your unborn baby can help you feel a connection
Help your other children connect
If you have children already, it can really help them understand what changes are coming if they can visualise their new baby brother or sister.
Some themes are gender specific, so if you have your heart set on one that may not work for a boy
Whilst you may not feel the need to go all out stereotypically pink or blue, it can be nice to buy something that is!
Gender reveal party
Make a big deal of finding out by throwing a gender reveal party
Why I want to find out my baby’s sex
The pros of not finding out
In a world of instant gratification, its nice to keep something sacred and to make a traditional announcement with your babies sex, name and weight.
Keeping the surprise can help you focus and give you extra motivation during labour.
No gender stereotype gifts
The go to gift tends to be clothes, by not giving anyone details they will either dig deep and buy something more thoughtful or plain clothing
Gender Scans are not 100% accurate so there is always a chance that even if you do find out, you may still have a surprise when your baby is born, by not finding out you do not have any expectations.
Why I didn’t want to find out my baby’s sex:
I had a surprise with both of my girls! It was so lovely and exciting not to know and it was exciting for my family too!
There is no wrong or right answer to the debate and it’s definitely a personal choice. Amazingly, out of the 20 people I asked, 10 were pro finding out and 10 were pro not finding out!