5 Reasons We’re Waiting Until Birth to Find Out Our Baby’s Sex


Unbelievable but true… I’m now at 19 weeks, almost halfway through my pregnancy. I’ve begun to feel stirrings of life from our active Baby C (“C” is short for our last name), who is currently the size of a mango. And next week, we have our 20-week ultrasound and anatomy scan!

Antonio and I know a lot of pregnant couples. In fact, we’ve been calling 2014 “The Year of the Baby.” However, out of all our preg friends and family, we are the only couple who is opting to wait until birth to find out the sex of our baby. Most people say they just can’t wait 9 months to find out, and many say they need to know so they can plan accordingly.

We, however, are taking the old-school approach. We refer to Baby C as a “mysterious creature,” and we’re super excited to find out his or her sex right there in the delivery room.

Here are 5 reasons we’re all about keeping Baby C’s gender identity a secret ’til the end–even from ourselves!

  1. We love surprises. That’s just the kind of people we are. I think you’re either a “surprise” person or you’re not. If you want to know everything in advance so you can plan your life, this approach would drive you crazy, but we like it when life startles us sometimes. It keeps things exciting!
  2. It’s a throwback. When we were born in the 80s, no couples knew the sex of their babies until they were born. It’s cool and nostalgic to try the same thing now.
  3. It’s suspenseful. We have a great time guessing based on clues, even if they’re just random, totally un-scientific ones. For example, when I ate a piece of chocolate cake with my mom, and Baby C started moving around afterward, we surmised that it must be a girl. 😉
  4. Newborn gear is pretty unisex anyway. I’ve seen so many cute gender-neutral newborn outfits lately, in fun colors like bright yellow, orange, and seafoam green. We’re going to stock up on those kinds of clothes for the first 3 months and fill in the pinks or blues later. As for the nursery, unisex colors are always best–especially if you think you might have more than one kid!
  5. It makes the pregnancy more fun. Pregnancy is such an exhilarating time, and keeping the baby’s sex a secret is just one more awesome thing to share with your hubby or partner.


Are you planning to find out your baby’s gender in advance, or are you living dangerously, and why?


5 thoughts on “5 Reasons We’re Waiting Until Birth to Find Out Our Baby’s Sex

  1. Kristin

    For the same reasons, I planned not to learn the sex of my 2 babies… which lasted all of about 2 sec. I think it would have been easier if they did not ask me. I said – No! (the ultrasound continued) and i said, alright! tell me, I can’t wait ;P I know many people who do this for the surprise at the end. very cool.
    I also think people touch you and talk differently about/to the baby when they know the gender.

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