A New Test Finds Baby’s Gender Earlier Photo: Corbis
Can’t wait until your midpregnancy ultrasound to find out if it’s a boy or a girl? This may be good news for you. A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a new, simple, noninvasive blood test can predict baby’s gender at seven weeks -- that's way earlier than ultrasounds do (most moms-to-be usually find out around 20 weeks). Researchers analyzed 57 studies including around 6,500 pregnancies from 1997 to 2011 and found that fetal DNA testing in the mother’s blood, when done carefully -- and only after the seventh week -- can be quite accurate at determining baby’s gender. According to The New York Times, this blood testing, which detects whether there’s a Y chromosome in baby’s DNA, was found to be 95 percent accurate; that’s more accurate than a similar urine test. After 20 weeks, the accuracy of the test jumps to 99 percent. But the test doesn’t come cheap. Fees can range from $265 to $330, compared with $25 for a less reliable at-home kit. Just remember: No test is 100 percent accurate, so if you’re getting antsy about knowing whether it’s a boy or a girl, leave a little room for error.
Would you spend the extra money to find out baby’s gender early?
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