One of the very first decisions you will have to make as a parent-to-be is whether to find out the gender of your baby. Some people choose to take the traditional route and wait until delivery, whilst others prefer to have an early pregnancy gender scan. It’s a personal choice and there isn’t a right or wrong answer, but it’s important to think carefully before making your final decision.
If you’re still unsure of what to do, perhaps we can help. Here we outline some of the main benefits of a baby gender scan and the reasons why we think it’s better to know if you’re having a boy or girl.
5 reasons to have an early gender scan
Preparation and organisation
Once the baby arrives, your days (and nights!) will be filled with feeding, changing, and getting to know your new arrival. There will be many things to think about and, the chances are, you won’t have time to pop out to the shops. It’s much better to be prepared in advance and if you’re the type of person who likes to be organised, finding out the gender is probably the best option for you.
Not only will a private gender scan give you time to buy clothes, baby equipment and day-to-day essentials, you can also decorate the nursery and make sure everything is ready and in place.
A form of motivation
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can be very difficult too. Whilst a few lucky people will glide through the nine months without any issues, most will experience unpleasant and ongoing symptoms – such as morning sickness, nausea, back pain, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety and more.
This is where an early gender scan can be helpful. Finding out the sex of your baby acts as a form of motivation, that will get you through the hard days of your pregnancy. You can really start to bond with your baby and focus on your future together after pregnancy and birth.
Choosing a name
Having a gender ultrasound gives you the option to choose a name much earlier. Rather than trawling through numerous books and online forums for both male and female options, you only have to decide on one name. Once you’ve found the perfect one, you can then either choose to keep it secret or share it with friends and family – making everything seem that little bit more real!
Time to adjust
Even though they refuse to admit it, most parents-to-be will have a preference when it comes to the gender of their baby. There could be a number of reasons why. Perhaps you have always dreamed of having a little girl or would like a baby brother for your other children? Either way, gender disappointment is common – particularly if it has taken a long time to fall pregnant.
In such circumstances, getting a private gender scan may seem counter-intuitive – but it can actually be the best option. It will give you time to adjust, process the news and accept it. Once the baby arrives, we guarantee, you will feel blessed regardless of whether it is a boy or girl!
A chance to celebrate
If you do have an early gender scan, one increasingly popular option is to host a gender reveal party. This involves gathering your friends and family and revealing the sex of your baby in a creative way – such as firing a pink or blue confetti cannon or popping a balloon filled with pink or blue feathers.
You can find out the gender at the actual scan or wait to find out with everyone else at the party. Either way, it is a fantastic way to celebrate your pregnancy and the upcoming arrival of your baby.
Get in touch with Hello Baby for an early gender scan
If you’re ready to discover the gender of your baby or would like to discuss the decision further, why not get in touch with our supportive team, here at Hello Baby? We offer both 2D and 4D private gender scans, from as little as 14 weeks into your pregnancy, and we are happy to host a gender reveal party on your behalf.
Simply give us a call today on 01744 810 999 to find out more.