By Petra Halbur

The former Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas Stagliano, and her husband, Stephen Stagliano, are expecting their first child! DeAnna confided to People that she and Stagliano had been trying to get pregnant for a year now. The baby is due in February and the happy couple have decided to find out the gender.  “I kind of wanted it to be a surprise,” DeAnna said, “but Stephen wants to be prepared.”

What are the advantages to finding out the baby’s gender in advance?

Cupid’s Advice:

Thanks to the wonders of technology, expecting couples have the option to learn the gender of their baby beforehand. This, like any decision, has its pros and cons. Cupid is here to present the upsides to finding out the sex in advance:

1. Baby names: Why write two lists of boy AND girl names when you can just write one? This might seem to be a trivial reason to find out the gender of your baby but if you and your partner are really struggling to agree on names, it might be a good idea to learn the gender so you only have one name to argue over rather than two.

2. Color-coordination: While your plan to clad your baby in exclusively gender neutral colors is admirable, a quick trip to Babies R Us will make you realize how many more baby clothes there are in blue and pink than yellow and green. Learning the baby’s sex would certainly give you a greater variety of clothes, accessories and toys to choose from.

3. Expectations: You really, really want a girl and you’re worried that if you have a boy your first moments with your baby will be colored by disappointment. The benefit to learning the gender in advance is that you find out you’re expecting a son, you’ll have time to warm up to the idea before your bundle of joy arrives.

Did you decide to learn your baby’s gender in advance? Tell us why or why not below.