Week 9 Spotlight
First Trimester Tests 💡
First trimester tests
Are you planning to find out whether you're having a boy or girl?
Because I was over age 35 with my second pregnancy, I was able to take the MaterniT-21 blood test, which detects birth defects and tells you the baby’s sex. This test is normally done at 10 weeks and is usually covered by insurance if you meet the right criteria.
It was wild to know that I was having a baby girl at 10 weeks!
If your insurance doesn’t cover the MaterniT-21 test, you can pay for it out of pocket for around $150. You may be able to find a more affordable version of the test too, it’ll just have a different brand name.
If you don’t want to go for the MaterniT-21, you can try an over-the-counter test like IntelliGender (here’s how that worked out for me), or just wait until the mid-pregnancy ultrasound.
Of course, you can always just wait until baby is born too! I always admired parents who could do that. Regardless of age, there are a whole slew of tests you can elect to get done in the first trimester.
Learn more about first trimester tests with pros/cons so you can make the best choice for you and baby.