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50th Birthday Gifts for Women

The days of living our lives are marked by how well we live and the number of experiences we have collected through the life. A lot of time the experience counts more than the age. There are different milestone birthday’s in the life that makes us revisit life in a certain…

Birthday Celebration Ideas - 6 Things To Do On Your Birthday

Birthdays are a very special occasion that one should bring in with innovative and unique ways that make it a memorable affair throughout your life. Although it is said that we should live each day fully, for birthday’s, you should go beyond full and live it in a…

Travel Safely in Style

Do you like traveling! It can be your biggest hobby or it's just your work that requires you to travel from time to time. Traveling is enjoyable when you are rest assured of your safety, and what is the best way to be safe than being insured, you can be easily covered with…

Fetal Sex Determination: Is It a Right or Privilege?

When Padma Lakshmi, the celebrity host of the cooking show, Top Chef, declined to reveal the gender of her unborn baby on a talk show, she represented an exception to the rule among pregnant women: most want to know what they’re having and share the news with the rest of the world.

Women under age 30 still have a difficult time believing that pregnant women once had children without knowing the gender of their baby until birth. In the age of 4-D ultrasounds performed in strip malls, and genetic home DNA testing, such a thought appears to be obsolete. Baby showers and baby room preparations are the most common reasons for ultrasound requests by patients although these reasons are not FDA approved. However, most non-medical ultrasound companies have convenient amnesia when it comes to adhering to this rule.

Well now the “home gender DNA test” has made things even more confusing for vulnerable expectant families. These tests assert to have the ability to predict the sex of the unborn child as early as ten weeks gestation and within ten minutes of taking the test. The companies claim that the test has a special secret formula (aka proprietary mix of chemicals) that turns the urine green if it’s a boy and orange if it’s a girl. The accuracy alleged from various companies is between 80 to 90 percent but most recommend obtaining an ultrasound for final confirmation.

Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times wrote an informative article Old Wives ’Tale Redux regarding the challenges and effects home gender DNA tests had on expectant mothers including the class action suits that ensued because of incorrect results. The tests are expensive with a wide margin for error and exploitation.

So, what’s a mother to do? The use of the colors yellow, white or mint green still works well. Learning whether you’re having a boy or girl should not be nearly as important as safeguarding the health of your unborn child.

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