Sneak Peek Test – What It Is
Sneak Peek is an at-home blood test that looks for specific sex chromosomes in your blood to determine your baby’s gender. They literally just ship you a bunch of lancets, you squeeze some blood into a test tube and send it off to be analyzed by their scientists. It’s a really neat product, and I’m super excited to try it out.
Apparently, when women are pregnant there is a small amount of baby’s DNA in your blood. At 9 weeks, there is enough to determine the sex. From what I understand, Sneak Peek’s lab looks for a Y chromosome in the blood sample. If it is present, you’re having a boy, if not, you’re having a girl!
They have no idea that I exist, and are certainly not paying me, but when I was doing my research, I couldn’t find many real-life stories about using the test, so I thought I would share mine. It’s pretty neat that technology and science have advanced enough that people can now find out so early! When my mom was pregnant with me, you had to wait until the 20-week mark to have an ultrasound to determine the gender, and then had to hope for a good ultrasound tech that would be able to give you a reliable guess. But things have changed in recent years, and now there are a few more options.
After reading a few reviews online (not many were available outside of Amazon or their website) and watching a bunch of people film themselves taking the test (Youtube/the Internet is a weird wonderful place), I thought right around 10 weeks would be perfect. I wanted to wait a little longer than 9+1, but I just couldn’t wait another second. It was such a cool experience to use Sneak Peek to find out what the gender was, and fast too, once the initial waiting for 9 weeks was over!
How I Took My Gender Reveal Test
- Clean off and wipe down kitchen table with soap and water
- Wash hands
- Set out Sneak Peek kit
- Read directions 7.5 million times to make sure I did it right
- Prick finger
- Clot immediately…not enough blood (thanks, MTHFR mutation)
- Repeat steps 5-6 two more times
- Run out of lancets and decide there’s plenty of blood in the vial
- Clean up
- Have sore fingers for two weeks
The lancets they give you are REALLY painful. My ring, middle and pointer fingers (where I drew blood from) were bruised and sore for the next two weeks. No joke. I ended up using all the lancets in the kit since my blood clots really well, but I don’t think the pain is their fault. Those lancets just hurt! My doctor’s office used the exact same ones for another finger prick blood test the other day, and my finger is just as sore this time.
The Gender Reveal!
Anyway, I cleaned up the test, put it in the provided envelope, and sent it on its way. Within 48 hours, I had the results. There was a little bit of a mix up with the results, but it all ended up ok. Basically, they just forgot to send them to me. I emailed the company, and they sent the results over within 15 minutes. That’s when I got this email:
I’m so excited to welcome our little one into the world, take her shopping, play dress up, go to art classes together, take her prom dress and someday wedding dress shopping (ah!), and hopefully be the best momma she could ask for. I’m pumped and scared and overjoyed.
The funny thing is, everyone I talked to said they thought it was a girl. The nurse at the OBGYN, the ultrasound technician, the substitute coordinator at my school, the bookkeeper at my school, the dance teacher at my school, Aaron, etc. I didn’t believe them! But here we are, welcoming a beautiful, flowery, sugar and spice, tutu-wearing, pink little girl into the world. We’re gonna have a baby girl. SO EXCITED.
Confirmation at Twenty Week Ultrasound
We knew that Baby B was most likely a girl, but Sneak Peek states that there is always the possibility that they could be wrong. It’s small (less than 2% of tests are incorrect according to their studies), but it can happen. So we spent the next few weeks after getting our results (at 9 weeks) dreaming about our little girl and looking forward to the 20-week ultrasound to confirm that there was a little lady in there.
It was nice to not stress out about it if I’m being honest. When the ultrasound technician said she thought it was a girl, I agreed and she went on with the rest of the scan. It allowed me to enjoy looking at all of the other parts of my little one without being so shocked and trying to process the gender result. Everybody will probably feel different about this, but it was definitely the right decision for me to know ahead of time.
What about you guys? Have you thought about using DNA to try to figure out the gender early? Did you wait for the whole pregnancy (I admire you!)? Did you keep it to yourselves or share it with others? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
Our little one arrived 4/4/2017, and I shared her birth story here. We struggled with what to name her, but ultimately decided on Emma! The rest of the pregnancy was actually pretty smooth, and I enjoyed a lovely baby shower surrounded by friends and family. I had so much fun working on her nursery, picking things out, and the whole process of dreaming it up. She still sleeps in a bassinet in our room for now, but I can’t wait to see how adorable she is sleeping in her crib.