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Week 16

week_16Since you announced the news of your pregnancy, family and friends have been playing the gender guessing game. While the anticipation of knowing whether it’s a boy or a girl may be exciting, there are pros and cons of learning the sex of your baby.

Regardless of whether you decide to find out or wait, the decision is ultimately up to you and your partner.

Reasons to find out include:

  • You may feel more connected to your baby.
  • You and your partner only have to agree on one name.
  • You can buy gender-specific clothes.
  • You can choose gender-specific colors for your nursery.
  • You want to inform your family and friends.
  • It may help assure you that everything is OK.

Reasons to wait until your baby’s arrival include:

  • The surprise can be exciting.
  • The last few weeks of pregnancy may be more bearable since you will soon know the sex.
  • It’s the old-fashioned way of doing it.
  • You can daydream about a baby of either sex.

Is It a Boy or Girl?

The sex of your baby can typically be determined by week 17. During an ultrasound, your healthcare provider can identify the sex of your baby. He or she will also confirm that the placenta is healthy and attached normally and that your baby is growing properly in the uterus. You will also be able to see the baby’s heartbeat and movement of his or her arms, body and legs.

A Special Announcement

If you decide to learn the sex of your baby, you don’t necessarily have to share the news with everyone else. Some expectant parents decide to keep the sex of the baby a secret from family members and friends until birth. If you can’t wait to share the news, then you may want to announce your baby’s sex in a special way. Host a party featuring feminine decorations and colors if it’s a girl or masculine decorations and colors if it’s a boy.

TIPS

  • An estimated 2.5 million American households feature grandparents as the main caregivers for their grandchildren, according to the United States Census Bureau.
  • Mark your calendars! National Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.