Many years ago, pregnant women did not have the option of knowing if their baby was a boy or a girl. Can you imagine the anticipation they must have felt? It must have been a marvelous feeling when the doctor announced “It’s a boy!” Gone are those days where we had to wait. Now we have the choice to find out ahead of time.
Deciding to find out the gender or to not find out is a very personal decision that should be discussed between the pregnant woman and her partner. What is right for one couple may not be right for another, and no one should ever make you feel like your decision is inadequate or wrong. Everyone will have an opinion on whether or not you should find out the sex but you should never have to justify your decision to anyone. While there are many wonderful aspects of waiting until the delivery day to find out the sex of your baby, there are some amazing things that come with finding out as well!
Finding out if you are having a boy or a girl can help you to bond with your unborn child. You can begin referring to your baby as “he” or “she” which sounds so much better than “it.” Referring to the baby as your “son” or “daughter” will make you feel so much closer to the baby!
Choosing a name will become so much easier. Your possible name list will be cut in half! If you are lucky enough to choose a name, you can even begin calling your baby by name which will add to the bonding experience for you and your partner. Other people can start calling your baby by name as well. You can even start buying monogrammed baby items!
Getting the nursery ready will be an easier task. You can choose your color theme without choosing only neutral colors. Accessories can be color coordinated and your nursery theme such as “sports” or “princesses” can be chosen. If you have a baby shower, your guests will have an easier time buying clothes and gifts for your baby if they whether you are having a boy or a girl.
Some people desperately want one sex over another, and waiting until they give birth only to find out that they got the opposite sex of what they wanted can be disappointing. The day of your baby’s birth is not the time to feel sad about your baby’s gender. If you find out beforehand, you will have time to get used to the idea of having a boy or a girl.
Finally, you will be able to prepare yourself for the decision on whether or not to circumcise your baby if it is a boy. Many parents have a hard time with that decision, and the more time that you have to prepare, the easier that choice will be. It will ultimately be your decision, but whether you choose to find out the sex or you choose to wait, you will find out eventually!