It’s the first question you get asked following the announcement of your pregnancy. A nano-second after the “congratulations” part, people will ask whether you’re going to find out your baby’s sex. As the 20-week scan approaches, you might find yourself in two minds. There are plenty of arguments for finding out, but there are also a few persuasive reasons why you may want to leave it as a surprise.
I wasn’t the least bit tempted to find out the sex of my first baby. For me, this element of surprise was one of the most exciting parts of my pregnancy. I happily enjoyed the 41 weeks of not knowing. It added something extra to the already mind-blowing miracle of creating life.
For my second and third pregnancies I chose not to find out for the same reason. The loveliest moment of all my labours was being the one to announce the sex of my third-born after her delivery. After a few minutes of enjoying that skin-to-skin magic, my midwife asked, “Aren’t you going to look to see if it’s a boy or a girl?” And when I saw I had become a mum of three girls; it was a gorgeous moment.
Fast-forward four years and I have found myself once again torn with this decision. So, I did a little research. A quick poll of my friends and blog followers showed strongly in favour of finding out. Here’s what I found:…