MiniMi is a test that can be done from as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to determine whether an unborn baby is a girl or boy. The test is done by taking a blood sample from the expectant mother. During pregnancy, DNA from the baby’s placenta is present in the mother’s blood. The placenta and the baby are made from the same cells at conception, so you are testing the same DNA from the baby by testing the placental DNA from the expectant mother’s blood.
Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes (46 in total) within almost every cell in our body. One set of chromosomes come from our mother, and the other from our father. The last pair of these chromosomes are the sex chromosomes. Females usually have two X chromosomes, and males have one X and one Y chromosome.
The DNA extracted from the mother’s blood is analysed, and using cutting-edge technology, we are able to detect if there is any presence of a Y chromosome. If a Y chromosome is detected, it means that the baby is a boy. If no Y chromosome is present, then it means that the baby is a girl.
With a single pregnancy.
Who are 10 weeks pregnant or more.
Who are carrying identical twins (monozygotic).
Who had a vanishing twin present in the past four weeks of their pregnancy.
Who are not yet 10 weeks pregnant.
Who are carrying non-identical twins (fraternal), as we cannot differentiate between the two babies' DNA.
Who have received a blood transfusion or a tissue transplant from a male donor.
It is important to note MiniMi is not a diagnostic test and that there are rare instances where the sex of the baby may be inaccurately reported or may not be found at all. There are a few reasons why this could happen.
This does not mean you cannot test the sex of your baby, but rather that you need to understand the risks of potential inaccuracies.
The sex of the baby can be determined from as early as 10 weeks pregnancy.
The test only requires a single blood draw from the mother’s arm.
The test is non-invasive which means that it would not be the cause of a miscarriage.
Ensure you are 10 weeks pregnant by using our pregnancy calculator.
Register for the MiniMi test online.
When registering you will choose who should receive the results. This could be the mother, her partner, or a friend or family member. This way you can choose to have a surprise reveal.
Make payment for the test upfront, via the website with Credit Card or by EFT.
You would then come to Next Biosciences head office in Midrand, Gauteng for your blood draw.
Within five days, the result of the test will be emailed to the email address you selected.