Finding Out The Sex Of Your Baby

This is definitely a personal choice.

One of the very first things my husband Chris and I discussed after first celebrating that we were having a baby was whether or not to find out what the sex of our baby is.   It was unanimous: we didn't want to know.

That being said, this is a very personal decision that modern technology allows parents to make.  Whatever other parents decide for themselves is great by me.  I think it's a "win win."  Parents who find out can plan for their baby better, while parents who do not find out can experience the old-fashioned delivery room suspense.   

I have heard of some expectant parents who find out what the baby's sex is but then choose not to tell anyone else.  I can honestly say that would not be an option for me.  There's no way I could keep that kind information to myself!  I deeply respect anyone who can!

I would love to hear about your experiences on this decision.  Everyone has a story!

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  • by Marianne Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    We learned the gender of both of our children. However, the determination of the second child was wrong. The tech had over 20 years experience and said she was 100% positive we were having a girl. Luckily, I had an ultrasound of my gall bladder later on in the pregnancy and we decided to take a "sneak peek" while we were there. I'm not an ultrasound tech, but I certainly could tell it was NOT a girl! So, the decision to find out is definitely a person choice...just keep in mind that they can be wrong!!
  • by Kimberly Location: Hubert,NC on Feb 20, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    well when i was having my first child i wanted to know.they told me i was having a baby girl... LOL i was so happy. they kept telling me it was a girl the whole time. so when i started getting HER room ready it was all girl stuff. two days before I had HIM yeah thats right, two days before i delivered they told me SHE was a yeah i think you are doing the right thing... good luck and i love watching u in the mornings...
  • by Cathy Location: Williamston on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:57 PM
    I want to send my congradulations! I have 1 of each, and they were each a special gift. I did not find out what they would be before hand, but it would not have mattered, they are gifts that I have been so proud to have received!! I wish the same for you!!
  • by lisa Location: aurora N.C on Dec 11, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    Technology has advanced over the OB~GYN said my 1st was a girl, so prior who delivery..we "named" her...."she" turned out to be a boy....23 years later.I have a son I am very proud I am of his 2 younger sisters!!!!! :)
  • by Susan Location: Eastern NC on Dec 5, 2009 at 05:30 AM
    While I did not know with my first child, I did find out with my second and third child. I had two girls first and then a boy and knowing with the second two children was certainly easier. But, the surprise of finding out in the delivery room with the first born was an experience I would not trade for anything in the world. Congratulations to you and your husband. This is one of the most beautiful and joyous times in your lives. Enjoy every second of it. May God bless you and your family.
  • by Mary Location: Greenville on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    My mom said that when she was pregnant with my brother they had told her she was pregnant with a girl. So for the whole 9 months that is what she planned for. When she had the baby and the doctor said it was a boy she said she was just stunned! She was so tired though all she could do was lay on the bed and laugh. Her mom had to run out to a store and buy a boy's outfit to carry my brother home in.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Ayden on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    My husband and I chose to wait until the birth of our baby to find out what we were having. We had to put up with a lot from people who were mad with us because they didn't understand why we wanted to wait. I think that it was one of the best decisions that we ever made. This is one of the few times that you will be totally surprised and be happy with the outcome. We had many ultrasounds due to preexisting conditions so it was something that I could have found out at least once a month since finding out we were expecting. I have to say that I don't regret it and will do things the same way next time.
  • by Darlene Brown Location: Pink Hill NC on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:13 AM
    This is a choice that should be a personal decision that the parents need to make. My grandchild was born in April and knowing the sex ( a girl) helped us to be able to bond with her before she was born. We didn't know what her name was, (that was kept secret by her parents) but we knew a granddaughter was in our future. It was like we could connect with her from the womb. Looking at her ultra sound pictures was so exciting (her parents chose 3D) that was amazing!!! Best wishes with your baby and God Bless you both
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Nov 26, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    It's bigger than that actually. Technology now allows wealthy couples to in fact choose the gender of the baby, with a near-100% success rate. The only problem with this is that one would assume that almost nobody would choose a girl (just look at China, with their one-child policy). But like all technology, the price will come down with the more people who use it, and our grandchildren will probably have this choice available to them at an affordable rate. Of course the faithful are afraid to take God out of the decision, and I understand that, but it's God who makes these scientists as brilliant as they are. The geniuses among us indicate that God wants us to advance as a people (wherever that may lead). All that said, I would choose to have a girl -- in my experience, they're easier to work with and get along with. But I would be happy with either; being a good father is actually my life's highest aspiration. Congratulations on the pregnancy, in any case!
  • by Latoya Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I chose to wait until my child was born to find out what I was having. I wanted a girl and I thought I would be disappointed if I was to find out other wise. I ended up having a boy nonetheless, and I couldnt be happier. God gives you what he wants you to have and I am a firm believer in that. Some people try and try to have a certain sex and still end up with all boys or all girls. Just wait on this one and maybe the next time, if you decide to have more children, you can find out. Congratulations and many blessings :)
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