We’ve all heard about which boy or girl early signs can help pregnant women predict their baby’s sex. But do you actually know how sex is determined, and which of these signs are true or false? Read this article to learn more about your baby’s sex.
5 signs that you’re having a girl
There are plenty of popular beliefs and myths that claim to predict early boy or girl signs. And while it’s tempting to think that you can absolutely determine your baby’s gender through physical symptoms, medical research has debunked many of these myths. Here is the truth about 5 supposed pregnancy signs for a girl:
Carrying the baby high
One of the most common myths surrounding baby gender says that having a higher bump means you’re having a girl. However, this has been shown to be a myth.
The biggest factors that determine the way your bump looks are your physical condition, the amount of pregnancies you’ve had, your abdominal muscles physical shape, and your total weight gain during pregnancy.
Being stressed out before conception
Another popular belief is that your stress levels before you get pregnant can play a role in determining your baby’s gender. And surprisingly, scientific studies have found a correlation between these two facts.
A study revealed that women with higher cortisol levels – the stress hormone -were more likely to have a girl. However, the reason for this hasn’t been discovered yet.
Some people think that the estrogen that baby girls produce can affect the mother’s humour, causing mood swings. However, scientific studies have found that this isn’t true.
All pregnant women can suffer from mood swings due to their own hormones fluctuating during gestation. But these mood changes aren’t related to your baby’s gender!
Having more morning sickness
Another popular belief states that since girls produce more hormones, their mothers will suffer from a more severe case of morning sickness. But science and experience have both shown that morning sickness can vary from women to women. The same women can even experience different levels of morning sickness during different pregnancies.
One study, published in the medical journal The Lancet, did find a small correlation between severe morning sickness and the probability of having a girl. However, their evidence wasn’t conclusive, so this myth remains… well, a myth.
Having acne or dull skin
Have you ever heard the saying that a baby girl steals her mother’s beauty? Some people believe that if you’re having a girl, you’ll develop oily or dull skin, and lots of acne. But this is just another false belief. Pregnancy hormone can be unpredictable, and they’ll affect each woman’s skin and hair differently.
5 signs that you’re having a boy
Craving salty foods
Research has shown that anywhere between 50% to 90% of all pregnant women experience food cravings at some point during their pregnancy. And a popular belief states that women carrying girls will crave more sweets. They also think that if you’re having a boy, you’ll crave mostly savory and salty foods.
The truth is that a woman’s cravings are more likely to be related to their nutritional requirements than to the gender of their baby. So this one isn’t really a pregnancy symptom for a boy.
Lower fetal heart rate
Another baby sex myth claims that if your baby’s heart rate is around 140 beats per minute, it’s a boy. A faster heartbeat would mean that you’re carrying a girl. But scientific studies have shown that there isn’t a significant difference between the heartbeats of female and male fetuses. In fact, male fetuses tend to have a slightly faster heartbeat, but it’s only by about 3 beats per minute.
Just like carrying high is supposed to mean that you’re having a baby, it’s widely believed that a lower bump means your baby is a boy. But there’s no evidence to back up this theory. As we stated above, the shape of your bump is determined by other factors.
Healthier hair and skin
This is the opposite of the myth that having a girl will “take away your beauty”. A lot of people believe that if you’re carrying a boy, your skin will look healthier and you’ll have thick, lustrous hair.
But in reality, these changes depend solely on pregnancy hormones. Some women can develop skin pigmentation or acne, while others will have thicker hair and a “pregnancy glow”.
No mood swings
Does anyone really believe that having a boy means that pregnant women will avoid mood swings? Unfortunately, it’s not true! You’re just as likely to experience mood swings whether you’re having a boy or a girl. They’re a very common occurrence for many pregnant women.Medical tests to learn your baby’s gender
All in all, it’s no wonder that many people believe in these myths. After all, they always have a 50% chance of being right. But how can you determine your baby’s gender without any doubts?
These are some of the tests that your doctor can use to determine your baby’s gender:
Special blood tests can determine your baby’s gender. These tests are usually only carried out on women over the age of 35, or those with an increased risk of chromosomal disorders.
This test is also carried out mostly on high-risk pregnancies. Using a sample of amniotic fluid, it can detect genetic abnormalities and your baby’s gender.
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
This test uses a sample of placenta to diagnose Down syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality. It can also determine the baby’s gender as early as week 10 of pregnancy.
This is the most common way to determine your baby’s gender. And it’s what most women carrying low-risk pregnancies will experience. An ultrasound technician could see your baby’s gender as early as 15-16 weeks, but most women will find out during their second trimester ultrasound.