At 35 weeks, you are nearing the end of your pregnancy journey and eagerly anticipating the arrival of your little one. The estimated due date for a full-term pregnancy is around 40 weeks, so you can expect your baby to arrive in approximately 5 more weeks. However, it's important to remember that every pregnancy is unique, and babies often come a little earlier or later than expected.
Determining the gender of your baby can be an exciting part of the pregnancy experience. There are several ways to find out, depending on your personal preference and medical options available to you:
Ultrasound: The most common method used to determine the gender of a baby is through an ultrasound scan. Typically performed between 18-20 weeks, an ultrasound technician will examine the images captured by sound waves to identify any visible genitalia characteristics that indicate whether you're having a boy or girl.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): NIPT is a blood test that can be done as early as 10 weeks into your pregnancy. It analyzes fetal DNA present in your bloodstream and provides highly accurate results regarding chromosomal abnormalities as well as determining the sex of your baby.
Amniocentesis: This invasive procedure involves collecting a small sample of amniotic fluid from around week 15-20 of pregnancy. While primarily used for genetic testing, it can also reveal the gender of your baby with high accuracy.
Genetic Testing: If you've opted for genetic testing during early pregnancy, such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), these tests may also provide information about the gender of your baby.
It's important to note that while these methods are generally reliable, there is always a small chance of error. If determining the gender of your baby is important to you, consult with your healthcare provider to discuss the best options available based on your specific circumstances. Remember, the most important thing is the health and well-being of both you and your baby throughout this exciting journey.