The question of whether a mother is having a boy or a girl is a hot topic among expecting mothers and their families. In fact, it’s such a hot topic that plenty of long standing myths surround it. But nowadays, old wives’ tales and other baby gender predictor exercises aren’t so reliable thanks to medical technology, which allows parents to see the gender of their child months before they’re born.
Though that doesn’t mean we can’t look at the old tales for ourselves. Let’s examine and demystify some of the best known baby gender predictor myths.
Demystifying Baby Gender Predictor Myths
The usual baby gender predictor myths turn baby gender guessing into a fun and often exciting game. While they’re not entirely accurate, some of these myths surprisingly have a little evidence to support them.
If your belly hangs low or in front, you’re having a boy. But if it’s high or wide in the middle, you’re expecting a girl.
While this myth might seem plausible, it’s actually not based in reality. In actuality, how a mother carries depends on her muscle tone, body shape, weight gain and the position that her baby sits inside the womb.
If the baby’s heart beat reads faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl.
This is another popular myth that’s been debunked… somewhat. According to a study conducted back in 2006, there are ‘no gender related differences in fetal heart rate during the first trimester of a pregnancy,’ especially since fetal heart beat tends to be faster during the first 30 or so weeks of pregnancy. Interestingly enough, a study from 1999 found that a baby girl’s heart does beat faster than a boy’s just before delivery. Similar trends have been seen in studies done since that particular study.
If you develop morning sickness for a prolonged period of time, you’re having a girl.
This myth surprisingly does have some truth behind it. Many studies have found that women who develop severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum tend to give birth to girls. This is because the pregnancy hormone, hCG, tends to higher in women pregnant with girls. But women pregnant with baby boys also tend to develop severe morning sickness, so it’s not really all reliable a myth when you think about it.
Learning If You’re Having A Boy or Girl
The ‘foolproof’ way to find out if you’re having a little boy or girl is getting an ultrasound. Many mothers tend to get ultrasounds around 18 to 20 weeks into their pregnancy. Although more intensive in resources and cost, alternative ways to found out the gender of your baby involves DNA tests,