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Baby Gender Prediction

Some old wives tales

Baby Gender Prediction


Can old wives' tales predict
if your baby will be a boy or girl?

Every pregnant woman has been asked this question...
   “Are you having a boy or a girl?”

The only true way to find out before birth if it is a boy or girl is with amniocentesis. Maybe, under the right conditions, an ultrasound in the second half of the pregnancy. Before these high tech options were available, couples had to rely on old wives' tales to try to guess what sex their baby was.

Even if you're choosing to not find out the sex of your baby before your little one arrives, it sure is fun to guess. Below are a few old wives' tales that have been passed down through generations; said to predict your baby's gender. Pregnancy old wives' tales have a 50/50 chance of being correct, so why not have a little fun with them.

If you're really keen to know the sex of your baby you'll need to ask your health care provider when you have a scan at around 20 weeks.

These are just for fun ...there is no actual science to back up any of them!


Heart Rate

One of the popular theories on baby gender prediction is based on the baby's heart rate.

The theory states that if your baby's heart rate was 140 beats per minute and above, you would be having a girl. If the heart rate was under 140 beats per minute, then you would be having a boy.

While this would be a quick and easy baby gender prediction method, there is actually no evidence that this theory is accurate. There is a recent study, "Sex, Heart Rate, and Age" from Terry J. DuBose, M.S., RDMS; Director Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which indicates there is no correlation between foetal heart rate and the gender of the baby.

The human embryonic heart rate (EHR) accelerates at 3.3 beats per minute per day during the first month of beating. Beginning at a rate near the mother's, at approximately 80-85 B/M at the start of the 5th week, the heart rate accelerates to a mean of 175 B/M (+/-20) at 9 LMP weeks. This increase is approximately 10 beats every 3 days until the early 9th week. It then abruptly begins to decelerate.

In reality, fetal heart rate changes all the time during a pregnancy, influenced most by the baby's age and how they move - but not by the gender. The fetal heart rate is NOT predictive of the gender.

Interestingly, however, a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999, revealed that the baby's sex does influence heart rate during the labor process, with the hearts of little girls waiting to be born beating faster than those of little boys.



Needle or Wedding Ring

This an easy baby gender prediction method to try. Take a pin, needle, or wedding ring and attach it to a thread or strand of hair. Hold the dangling item over mom to be's belly while she is lying down. If the needle or wedding ring swings in a strong circular motion, you will be having a girl. If it moves in a to and fro motion like a pendulum, you will be having a boy.

An alternate version of this baby gender prediction method is to dangle the needle or wedding ring over the expectant mom's wrist instead of belly.



Carry high it's a girl, low it's a boy

The popular belief that women carrying boys carry low and that women carrying girls carry high just isn't true. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle tone, uterine tone and the position the baby is in. That's why you may think you're having a boy because you're carrying low, when actually the baby just dropped lower into the pelvis because you're closer to delivery

Other old wives tales to do with size and shape:
  • You can tell by the way you carry.
    All out front = Boy  ~~  Carrying some weight on your hips and back = Girl
  • Your left breast is larger than your right breast = Girl
  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight, right along with you = Boy
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Morning sickness

There are some who think that women who suffer with the serious, long-lasting form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarium were more likely to give birth to girls. And, unlike the numerous old wives' tales designed to help mothers-to-be to predict the sex of their children, experts say this one has the backing of science.

In an article published in the leading medical journal Lancet in 1999, it appears it could be true. While the margin of difference between sexes was small, it was, they say, statistically significant. The suspected link is the pregnancy hormone hCG, which is generally higher in women who have severe morning sickness and may be secreted in greater amounts by female fetuses.

"A study of over a million pregnancies in Sweden between 1987 and 1995 showed there was a greater risk of the condition for women who were carrying a female child. There was a higher chance of mothers-to-be of girls being admitted to hospital suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum - serious nausea and vomiting during the first three months of pregnancy. The female to male ratio of hospital admissions was 56:44, according to the research carried out by Dr Johan Askling at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute."


Your age and month you conceived

Another one for you to try:
You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived.
 ~    If the sum is an even number - It might be a boy.
 ~    If the sum is an odd number - It might be a girl.


Please note:

The only way to get an accurate baby gender prediction is via a medical test. An amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling test will be able to accurately predict the gender of your baby. Doctors will not perform these invasive tests just for the purpose of baby gender prediction.

Ultrasounds can provide an semi-accurate baby gender prediction as well, but wrong gender predictions are made regularly.

More gender articles:
Improve your chances of having a boy or girl.
Fetus gender development.
Can the ultrasound scan show the gender of my baby?

Most shops will exchange or take back those pink dresses.   :o)


Did you know?

One of the earliest written records of a urine based pregnancy test can be found in an ancient Egyptian document. A papyrus described a test in which a woman who might be pregnant could urinate on wheat and barley seeds over the course of several days: If the barley grows, it means a male child. If the wheat grows, it means a female child. If both do not grow, she will not bear at all.

Testing of this theory in 1993 found that 70 percent of the time, the urine of pregnant women did promote growth, while the urine of non pregnant women and men did not.

Scholars have identified this as perhaps the first test to detect a unique substance in the urine of pregnant women, and have speculated that elevated levels of estrogens in pregnant women's urine may have been the key to its success.
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