(Closed) Would you get a 7 wk gender test?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Would you consider a 7 week gender blood test?
    Yes : (14 votes)
    22 %
    No : (40 votes)
    62 %
    Maybe : (11 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I have the same opinion.  And I wonder how accurate the test actually is.  Waiting it out is tough, but I think I’d just opt to see the ultrasound. 

    Post # 4
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I saw this, too.  I wouldn’t find out.  We were Team Green with our first, and I think we’ll stay Team Green with future pregnancies.  Not to mention, I’m too cheap to pay up for information I could get for free a few weeks later, lol!

    Post # 5
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m considering not finding out at all until birth- so no.

    I have years before I have decide how to go about it though.

    Post # 6
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    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I wouldn’t.. As Mrs. Spring said, I will get to know it for free a few weeks later, and it’s not like you can gain something valuable by knowing it sooner. Plus don’t we get enough blood tests done during pregnancy without having to add some just for fun??

    Post # 7
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I also saw this news story.  I agree that 7 weeks sounds too early, but I would probably consider it around 12-14 weeks.  Right now 20 weeks seems like forever to wait to learn the baby’s gender. 

    Post # 8
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    11391 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I would probably be one of the ones who would consider it. But I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks & I wonder all the time what he/she would have been. So I guess you can say I’m baised. Before that I wouldn’t have though.

    Post # 9
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    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    if i already need a blood test for whatever reason and its a matter of checking one more box to get the result, then why not?

    Other than that…eh. probably not.

    Post # 10
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    1553 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d be tempted, but if this test only reveals gender, insurance likely won’t pay for it. Maybe I’m cheap, but I’d not pay for an extra test to tell me what I can find out for free a few weeks later in an ultrasound.

    Post # 11
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    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Although they are supposed to be pretty accurate, I wouldn’t want to pay for them (it’s like $250 according to the article I read).

    And I agree with the PPs that I’d probably wait until 12 weeks just to get out of that riskier window a bit.

    Post # 12
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    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I didn’t see this news story, how do they determine the gender?

    I know an amniocentesis can give gender results because they are drawing cells from the baby itself.  But there are risks with an amnio that I wouldn’t be willing to take at 7 weeks.

    I will say that at 15 weeks I wanted so badly to know the gender though.  It was KILLER waiting until that damned 20 week u/s!

    Post # 13
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    The test looks for a lot of things besides gender – lots of genetic malformations, etc that more invasive/risky procedures currently test for.

    Yes, I would do it. I would want to know as much info as possible as early as possible so that I know what my options are with proceeding with the pregnancy (I think learning the gender early is just a fun side benefit of the less invasive testing of the other things!)

    Post # 14
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Also, I was just reading up on this – it is 95% accurate with gender at 7 weeks. So, like 5 out of 100 women who get it will be misinformed.

    Post # 15
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    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @MightySapphire: It is a blood test of the mother, so it is totally non-invasive for the fetus. The mom has the baby’s cells in her blood stream at that point in pregnancy, so they are testing the genetic markers found in those cells.

    Post # 16
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    5822 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @crayfish: That is really awesome!  Ok, I’d do it.  Hell yes.  If they got it wrong, I’d find out in plenty of time to change the nursery, LOL.  I had all sorts of testing done, I don’t think I’d care about 1 more blood draw and $250.

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