It can be a long nine months waiting to find out if it's going to be a boy or a girl, especially if baby is being uncooperative at the 20 week scan. Ordinarily, most parents-to-be will be asked, when having an ultrasound, if they would like to find out the sex of their growing baby. It is normally possible to tell the gender from a scan after 16 weeks, sometimes earlier, at 12 weeks, if the nub theory is used.
But of course, many little babies are not accommodating and don't let the sonographer have a good enough look to see if they are a boy or a girl. There are, however, other ways to find out if you are having a boy or a girl. Many consider these methods to be old wives tales. I know in my case, many of them were true and rightly predicted both my girls. In fact, just this month, scientists have discovered that a woman's immunity plays quite a large part in determining the gender of her unborn child.
Many women experience pregnancy differently depending on whether they are carrying a boy or a girl. Advertising [x] 16 How's The Morning Sickness? It's often believed that if you suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, extreme morning sickness, then you are having a girl. While there are always exceptions to this rule, several scientists have thoroughly researched this phenomenon and have backed up the claim.
It would appear that the hormones produced by a baby girl during pregnancy can make moms feel overly nauseated with a higher level of sickness throughout the pregnancy in comparison to baby boys.
Severe morning sickness in the first trimester is often considered an indicator of a baby girl. However, don't rush out to buy pale blue onesies just yet as this method of predicting a baby's gender is not fool proof. But let me tell you, I had severe morning sickness on both my girls. The first lasted the entire nine months and the second five months. This dark line is called the Linea Nigra and is a very common symptom of pregnancy.
If it reaches above your navel, and travels from your pubic bone to under your rib cage, then you are having a boy. I'll be honest, on both my girls, I didn't have a Linea Nigra at all. Sporting no line along my bump meant I would have been left in the dark about my girls' gender if this was the only method to predict your baby's sex. So, while this is a cute way to try and predict the gender, it's most certainly not fool proof.
The theory behind using the fetal heart rate as a way to predict the gender of your baby states that if the heart rate is above beats per minute BPM then you are likely to have a girl. If it's under BPM then you're considered to having a boy. This prediction method is harmless to try and also quite easy.
At your next ante-natal appointment, simply count the number of beats or ask your midwife or doctor how many beats per minute they can hear. There is no existing evidence that proves this method works however and I for one am a little dubious. Before my first baby was born, I was attached to the trace machine monitoring my baby's heartbeat for quite a few hours.
Her heart rate was fairly low, never reaching above the golden line of BPM, despite her being in no danger or stress. Take what you will from this one, but I wouldn't use it as a reliable method of prediction since it didn't work for me.
Advertising [x] This old wives tale says that if you're carrying low or down in the front then you are having a boy and if you're carrying high and appear wide in the middle then it's more than likely a girl. Equally, if you're bump is neat, and all of your pregnancy weight is around your waist, then this indicates a girl. I carried high on both my girls and was relatively neat, so this one worked for me.
But is this due to my petite stature and good posture or a genuine way to determine if someone is having a boy or a girl? Pregnancy results in your muscles relaxing as your body expands to accommodate your growing baby. The softer and weaker your muscles are, the more likely your bump is to hang lower. We all know that during pregnancy we are eating for two, but is it a boy or a girl? They say that if you find yourself reaching into the pantry or raiding the fridge like a teenage boy home from college for the holidays then you may in fact be expecting a boy.
Research suggests that moms-to-be often carrying boys ten to eat more than their counter parts who are carrying girls. This indeed could be related to the level of testosterone which is surging through your pregnant body. Baby boys, even in the womb, may need more energy resulting in an increased appetite for the mother.
As a result, baby boys tend to heavier at birth than baby girls. Ordinarily, I eat like a rabbit so any increase in appetite was an oddity to me. As the old rhyme goes "Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails, That's what little boys are made of.
Sugar and spice and all things nice, That's what little girls are made of. They say that if you crave salty foods like potato chips, popcorn and pretzels then you are carrying a boy. If your sweet tooth has come into full effect then it's a girl. Some also say that pregnancy hormones change how certain foods taste and smell to you during pregnancy meaning something you would never have touched before all of a sudden is very appealing.
I don't have a huge sweet tooth but on both my girls, jellies and sugar were my vice! Hormones are playing absolute havoc with your emotions.
One minute your laughing, and the next you are crying for absolutely no reason which only makes you cry worse and harder. Strong emotional mood swings is thought to mean that you're having a girl. In my case, yes this was another pregnancy symptom that easily predicted my baby's gender. But waiting for your newborn and planning for life ahead with a growing family is a very emotional time in a persons life.
No wonder mood swings are unpredictable.