Should Your Baby’s Gender be a Surprise?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child and no one knows if it’s a boy or a girl. In fact, it’s the norm in the UK for parents to wait until the child’s birth to find out if it’s a boy or a girl and baby names aren’t really discussed either.

When I lived in the UK, it only added to the excitement when a friend gave birth to find out the baby’s gender and the baby’s name, as well as getting to see the baby for the first time.

Other parents go in the complete opposite direction. DNA testing carried out around week nine means that at the three-month mark, the time of the typical pregnancy announcement, the person announces they are pregnant, along with if they are having a boy or a girl, and the baby’s name, all at once.

Now, gender reveal parties are becoming big business. Parents are getting creative with how they reveal from popping balloons filled with pink or blue confetti, cakes with the appropriate-colored filling, pinatas, or baby clothes wrapped in layers and layers of wrapping. Some couples are choosing to do this in front of large audiences and throwing parties so that their friends and families can find out at the same time.

Did you have a gender reveal party? Did you choose to find out in advance or decide to wait?

About Rebecca Romo

Rebecca Romo hosts Feel Good Mornings weekday mornings from 6-10 am on 99.9 The Q. Originally from New Orleans, she moved to Cape to be with her husband a second generation Cape Codder.
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