When can I have this?
From 7+ weeks onwards
Having a baby is one of the most memorable times of your life and can be one of the most hectic to prepare for. Knowing if you’re having a boy or girl early can help you plan ahead and encourage bonding between mother and baby.
This is why we have partnered with SneakPeek a leading and well established genetic laboratory based in the USA to offer their SneakPeek blood test, giving you the best possibility to determine your babies gender from 7+ weeks gestation. As SneakPeek labs are based in the USA, we are able to help collect blood sample for you to send to SneakPeek.
What is the main objective of the SneakPeek blood test?
This is not a screening test for abnormalities.
This test cannot confirm if there is a pregnancy or not.
How is the SneakPeek test performed?
The process is very straightforward and follows the steps outlined below.
What if I have any questions or concerns with the SneakPeek test?
How does the SneakPeek test work?
Every pregnant mother to be will have her own DNA in her bloodstream as well as the DNA of your unborn baby. Your babies DNA is found in your blood in the form of short fragments circulating around called cell-free DNA fragments (cfDNA) and this test can analyse this cfDNA to determine the sex of your baby.
The way this is done is first we need to understand how biological sex is determined in men and women. We all have a pair of sex chromosomes present in each cell in our bodies. Men carry one X chromosome and one Y chromosome; whereas Women have two X chromosomes. When analysing your babies cfDNA for the Gender Test, the goal is to detect the presence of the male – Y Chromosomes. If the male – Y chromosome is detected, this would indicate that your baby is likely to be Male. If no Y Chromosome is present, this would indicate the baby is likely to be Female.
How accurate is the SneakPeek test?
Our laboratory partner have performed a large clinical study of 1,029 pregnant women (link below) and this has shown the accuracy of the test as 99.9% accurate at 7 weeks into pregnancy.
How do I Prepare for this Test?
No specific preparation is required for the blood test however you must be at least 7 weeks pregnant.
How and When will I get my results?
The results of your test will be emailed to you within 7-10 working days after the day you you’re your blood sample taken directly from sneakpeek
I am having twins – Can I still do the SneakPeek Test?
Yes, you can have the sneakpeek test for twins however the test cannot determine if you are having identical or non-identical (fraternal) twins.
The reason this is important is If you are having identical twins (i.e. both babies are boys or girls) then the result of the test (i.e. boy or girl) will apply to both babies.
However if you are having non-identical twins (i.e. one boy and one girl) then the test cannot determine the sex of each baby and so if the male chromosome is detected then this means that at least one of the babies is a boy and the second baby could be a boy or a girl.
If you are really keen to know then it may be worthwhile have one of our ultrasound scans to assess the sex of each baby.
I’ve had a boy before. Will that affect the accuracy of my results?
No, this won’t be a problem. Clinical studies show that your babies DNA clears out of the mother’s bloodstream within 2 days of birth.
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- The test requires you to be at least 7 weeks into the pregnancy to generate a results. If the test concludes you are under 7 weeks a result can not be generated and a redraw of your blood will be required charged at £15 per redraw. If you are uncertain of your dates or want to confirm how far along we suggest you book our early pregnancy scan.
- This test will not diagnose, prevent, or treat any condition, disease or used to ascertain the state of your health or the health of the pregnancy and that you understand that the services and information provided by the test are intended for research, informational, and educational purposes only and not medical advice.
- Please click here to access the clinical study performed by the laboratory partner
- Our pregnancy scan/ services do not replace or substitute any service/scan you have or will have with the NHS / maternity care provider.