A mom writes in asking for advice about getting a blood test to determine her baby’s biological sex. She is 10-weeks pregnant and is wondering if that is too soon to get the test, and if not, would the results even be accurate? She adds that she had the test done when she was pregnant with her daughter, but she was 19-weeks pregnant at that time.
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A member of the community asks:
“Will doctors do a blood gender test at 10-weeks?
I wanted to do the blood test to determine gender. I’m ten weeks pregnant. Do most doctors allow it? Is there a reason why they wouldn’t? I asked my midwife about it and am waiting for a response. But I want to get opinions from others who have done it. Was it accurate? With my daughter, I waited until 19 weeks but would really like to do a blood test. Is it a common thing that doctors allow?”
Community Advice for This Mom Who Wants to Know If She Can Find Out Her Baby’s Sex via Blood Test at 10-Weeks Pregnant and if the Results Would Be Accurate
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The community offered this mom in need a lot of great advice. Read some of their responses below.
“Doctor won’t deny it, but insurance can if you’re only doing it for gender and not for the ACTUAL purpose of checking for genetic abnormalities. Yes, they’re accurate because it’s a blood test done in a sterile clinic, unlike the Sneak Peek at-home test that can be off simply by having a male in the same room when getting the blood sample.”
“The answer to your question is most likely no. The 10-week test is for genetics and used mostly when the doctor feels there is an issue. Your post was upsetting to me. I had that test done at 10 weeks only to find out my son, wasn’t going to make it. So please, don’t use that test.”
“I was told you could have it done, BUT if you are not high risk/’advanced maternal age’/history of family genetic disorders, your insurance will not cover it just to find out the gender. My midwife said it was going to be about $1,500 so we decided to wait.”
“You can go to an outside testing place as early as 9 weeks. Places that do ultrasounds sometimes offer the test. Many doctors do not test until you are a little further along.”
“I did a blood test with my second at 10 weeks or so. Plus I was over 35 so I needed the test anyways. It checks for different stuff. Some insurances wouldn’t pay for it. Mine did because of my age.”
“I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow it. It’s more along the lines of whether or not you’re insurance pays for it and if insurance doesn’t then if you can pay for it. And I heard it’s very accurate. I’ve always waited for the anatomy scan for all 7 of my babies because even though one of the blood tests could tell me I was always told my insurance didn’t cover it, so I always waited the extra 2 months or so for the anatomy scan. Also, I’ve heard different knowing the gender by ultrasound as early as 14-weeks and being accurate.”
“It’s pretty accurate because it picks up the DNA and it’s done with the genetic blood testing. Most insurance will not cover it and you have to pay out of pocket. It runs around a few hundred dollars.”
“Depends on your doctor and what they recommend. If you’re 35 or older or have genetic abnormalities in either of your families, they’ll ask for it and it should be covered by most insurances. If you don’t qualify to need it then insurance probably won’t cover it and it’s a couple thousand dollar test. You can find out the gender at 18-19 weeks if you don’t get it though. Not much longer.”
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