20 or so years ago, when ultrasound scans were in their infancy and resulted in distorted, grainy images, if you wanted to find out the sex of the baby you were carrying you had a 50/50 chance of the doctors getting it right. Pregnant mums tended to try old wives tales to try and determine the sex of their unborn child, and those convinced they were having boys had to send their partners on emergency trips for pink garments when a little girl arrived.
It’s a whole different ball game these days, with 3 and even 4D scans often being stuck into albums, or appearing in Facebook, as a child’s first photo. Almost everyone has been finding out in advance what the sex of their baby is, and in practicality terms it makes sense as it takes the guess work out of clothes, decorating the nursery etc., and has caused a dramatic fall in the sales of generic, white baby clothes.
A new trend is now emerging however, with more and more parents to be turning their backs on technology and refusing to find out the sex in advance. This has wound the clock back a couple of decades, but it is also refreshing that parents are choosing to use ultrasounds for the reason they were invented; to detect any defects in the foetus early enough to make an informed decision about whether to carry on with the pregnancy.
There are arguments for both sides obviously, some claim that by knowing the sex they can name their child and start the bonding process before the baby is even born, and can refer to it by name instead of ‘bump’. Others feel that it is the biggest surprise you can ever get in your life, and to miss out on that purely because technology offers the opportunity to bypass it is a travesty of nature.