Pros and Cons of Finding Out Your Baby’s Gender Before Birth

Thanks to ultrasound scans, doctors can reveal the gender of the baby to expecting parents as early as 20 weeks into pregnancy. However, some parents are in a dilemma whether to take advantage of this opportunity or wait until the baby is born.

If you are thinking about whether to find out your baby’s gender before birth, here are some pros and cons that might help you make the final decision.

Pros: Planning and Emotional Preparation

Parents that already know the gender of their baby can plan the decoration of the nursery room and gain other practical advantages. It also allows them to emotionally prepare for the arrival of the baby.

Cons:  No Surprise Element

If you do find the gender of your baby in advance, you will miss out on the surprise element of birth. You might end up feeling robbed of the excitement that comes with knowing your baby’s gender only when it arrives to the world.

Pros: It’s Easier to Pick Out a Name

Knowing your baby’s gender makes it easier to pick out a name for it in advance. You will be able to narrow down your options more quickly instead of coming up with names for both genders.

Cons: Less Flexibility for Parents

Parents who don’t know the gender of their baby can remain flexible in their planning and preparation. They can opt for creating a gender-neutral environment and avoid the pressure of family and friends to go with gender-specific decorations or clothes.