Finding Out the Baby’s Gender

The pediatrician asked if we’d like to know the baby’s sex…

by Joe Kita

With sophisticated ultrasound gear now being used and new gender test kits available in drugstores, it has never been easier or more tempting to treat a woman’s womb like a crystal ball. Indeed, according to a Gallup Poll, two-thirds of Americans age 18 to 34 would like to know the sex of their baby before it’s born. And if past trends hold true, that number will continue to rise among future generations.

But before you join in, consider this. Too often nowadays we expect our children to develop qualities we lack. There are no better examples of this than patience and the ability to handle whatever life throws at us. So what better way to begin honing these important life skills and becoming a worthy role model than by letting this most natural of processes play out naturally?

Why do you really need to know the sex of your baby anyway? Unless there’s some worrisome genetic trait that’s gender linked, it’s probably just so you can settle on a name, decorate the nursery, boast to your buddies, be more specific on the shower registry, or satisfy your own curiosity.

As you’ll discover soon enough, parents are forever being pushed to predict what their baby will be instead of just letting their baby be, which always seemed a much healthier approach to us. So why not go old school for once?  It can’t hurt anyone. In fact, if your child ever dips below some percentile average or falls behind in some key developmental area, you’ll have the patience and wherewithal to not immediately spring for medication or counseling. You’ll be able to give it time, wait to see what happens, and deal. After all, nature must have decided to keep it a secret for a reason.