We’re just a few weeks away from meeting the newest addition, you know, the one I swore I wasn’t going to find out the gender of? Well that went out the window quickly and I couldn’t wait to see if we were adding another boy or another girl! A friend of mine told me about a company, SneakPeek Test, that she used to find out the gender at 9 weeks. How you can find out your baby’s gender at 9 weeks?! Was it too good to be true?! I had to try for myself!
Well I did it and it was right! So I wanted to share my experience today in case you’re looking to find out early and are just as impatient as I am 🙂
How does it work? Throwing it back to biology here. Women do not carry a Y chromosome. So if you test a mother’s DNA and there is a Y chromosome present, she’s carrying a male. If there is NO Y chromosome present, she’s carrying a girl.
How do you take the test? You can do the test 1 of 2 ways. The first way is going into one of their lab locations and having someone draw blood for you. And the other, is having them send a kit to your house and doing it yourself. I chose the latter because duh, convenience. The location was an hour away and I just didn’t feel like going that far.
First things first, NO MALES can be present during your test. They cannot even handle the box. Even the slightest drop of male DNA can skew the results and give you the result you’re having a boy when that may not very well be the case.
Next, read the instructions MULTIPLE times BEFORE YOU REMOVE ANYTHING ELSE FROM THE BOX. Once you get out all of the other equipment, time is of the essence. So make sure you read them a few times and lay them out in front of you so you can reference them.
Make sure your workspace is completely clean and sanitized.
Do not do it on the bathroom counter, and make sure once you start, no males even enter the same room as you. I cannot stress that enough.
You’re going to prick your finger and squeeze the blood into a little vile. I’ll be completely honest and transparent with you, this is NOT as easy as it looks. I followed the instructions and made sure I drank water and was moving around before I took the test, and my blood just didn’t want to flow. Of course once I started to get it flowing, it wouldn’t stop and I was bleeding everywhere.
Prepare for the area to look like a crime scene. If you’re not good with handling blood, I would suggest going into a location because this does get messy.
Once you’ve collected your sample, you package it and send it with the pre-paid label to the lab in California.
How long does it take to get a response?
There are two different options; SneakPeek and SneakPeek Fast Track. Sneak Peek is sent via priority mail and then back priority mail. Once the sample is received by the lab, you’ll receive your results in 72 hours.
The Fast Track is sent with overnight shipping and then returned with overnight shipping. Once the lab receives it, results are delivered in 8 hours! Your results are then delivered via email.
How accurate is it?
99% accurate. I won’t lie, I did a little research around Google and I DID find some people who were given wrong results. A lot of it probably accounts for user error aka somehow getting male DNA mixed into the sample. Seriously, you have to be SO careful with it. I was less concerned because mine said a girl, meaning there was no male DNA present, error or not. But they 100% stand behind their product and will refund if it’s wrong.
Does it hurt?
I had diabetes with my first baby so the finger prick is the exact same. It’s just a little prick. The only thing that hurt was trying to squeeze enough blood out to fill it to the line. Like I said, my blood didn’t want to flow! I was also a little bruised afterwards but that went away the next day.
I loved finding out so early. And I know, the surprise would have been the best kind of surprise if I could have waited until delivery. But like I said, I was having a hard time accepting the fact I was pregnant again and needed to know so I could bond with the baby. Not every mother has an immediate motherly reaction and to be honest, I didn’t have it until I had both of my children. So I think that was important for me.
That, and my husband wanted to get rid of all the clothes and things we didn’t need once we found out if it was a boy or a girl.
If you or anyone you know is having a baby in the near future, be sure to check out SneakPeek Test and try it for yourselves! They also do a lot of Q&A on their Instagram so if you have any further questions, you can check them out on there or their FAQ on their website.