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When Dean and I found out we were expecting our second child in early April, I started wondering whether we would have a girl or a boy, almost immediately.
We already have Teddy, our 18 month old son. He is becoming such a character, and I started to imagine him playing with a brother or a sister, alternating the scenarios in my head.
We had an early scan at 16 weeks when I was pregnant with Teddy to find out the sex of our baby. We both thought we were having a girl! No reason to this, I think it might have been because at that point we'd only agreed on a girls name. Boys names seem more difficult to decide upon - or is that just us?!
So when SneakPeek offered us an early blood test to find out the sex of our second baby, we jumped at the chance. I'm a very impatient person.
SneakPeek can be take from 8 weeks pregnant and is the only at-home early DNA blood test that can tell you the sex of your baby with results that are 99.1% accurate.
So, how does the SneakPeek test work?
When you're pregnant, you not only have your own DNA in your bloodstream, but that of your unborn baby. The test looks for Y chromosomes in the blood sample you send off (the male chromosome). If the Y chromosome is found to be present, you're expecting a boy. If it's not present, you're expecting a girl.
The SneakPeak test is sensitive enough to find even a single Y chromosome, giving you confidence in your results.
It took about 20 minutes all together to do the test and there are very detailed instructions included in the kit. You also get extra lancets. It was a very easy process to follow.
Once I'd collected enough blood, I'd packaged it up in the parcel provided and sent it off at the local post office the next day.
SneakPeek keep you well informed during your blood sample's journey too. I got an email to tell me that it had arrived at their laboratories, then another one to tell me to expect my results within a few hours.
I read that second email just as I was going to bed..... I couldn't sleep!! I ended up waking up at around 2 am and had to check my emails.
The results were in.
It's a BOY!
Now, when we ordered the SneakPeek test, we weren't aware of the fact that we actually had two passengers. I did wonder how the test would work with us expecting twins but their website caters for that explanation.
As SneakPeek looks for male DNA in the fetal DNA found in the Mother's blood sample, in the case of identical twins, if male DNA is found, then both babies are boys. If no male DNA is found, then both babies are girls. For fraternal twins, finding male DNA means at least one baby is a boy, but cannot distinguish if the second is a boy or girl.
We are expecting MCDA twins, which means that they are sharing a placenta. There is a very high probability that the twins will be identical because of this so we are expecting to find we have two boys when we have a scan to confirm the sex of the babies. It is possible that they aren't identical though so we could be having one boy and one girl.
It's going to be a long two weeks wait for the 16 week scan!!!
Let us know your results!
*This blog includes a gifted product but all opinions are my own.*