Posts tagged ‘baby gender’

January 27, 2011

the gender divide

The question i’ve been asked most in the last few months would have to be “do you know if it’s a boy or a girl?”

When we first found out about the baby to be my BF and I thought that maybe we would find out, but the closer we got to the 20 week scan and the opportunity to find out, the closer we came to deciding it would be more fun to wait.

Now that time seems to be standing still in this middle stage of pregnancy, it’s nice to have a little guessing game to play.

Sometimes I wish I knew though.  It would make the name game a lot easier that’s for sure.  Focussing on one gender name has got to be easier, doesn’t it?

And every time I walk past baby clothes I’d love to know if I should be ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the cute girly rompers or the car-emblazoned onesies (and while I don’t really have a ‘thing’ for dressing babies in gender specific clothing, it makes life a lot easier when you can guess a boy/girl from the clothes rather than correcting people constantly).

No matter how hard we try and guess, I figured the surprise will just have to wait because we have no more scans booked in (barring any unforeseen complications) and besides, I’ve heard that later in pregnancy the gender is harder to determine due to the baby’s position.

Or so I thought.
The Intelligender ‘boy or girl’ test


Yesterday, a friend told me about the urine tests you can buy to find out, one way or the other.  I was a bit sceptical (and in doing some research, remain so).

The makers of the test, Intelligender, claim it’s 90% effective in laboratory conditions (around 80% effective in real life).

So how does it work?
This bit is unclear.  I had a look on the US and Australian versions of the Intelligender sites and all I could find was that it is NOT a pH test (as one comment on the Essential Baby post on the topic says), but a ‘proprietary mix of chemicals’.
There are plenty of testimonials on both versions of the website about the ease and accuracy of the product (overwhelmingly positive of course) but the comments on Essential Baby left me undecided – many saying they had used the test and it turned out correctly, but almost just as many saying the test had been wrong.
More blogs and informal polls tend to back this up – seems to have about a 50% success rate.
So not much better than tossing a coin!
I might give it a go just for fun, but wont use the results as the be all and end all.
If you don’t like the idea of the test, or don’t want to spend the dough (around $75 in Australia) Belly Belly lists some common gender determination myths – but if I go by these I’m either having one of each, or a half-and-half.