When you’re pregnant, you’ll probably get a lot of unsolicited opinions about your body and baby.
One of the most popular topics for discussion is whether that little bundle you’re carrying is a boy or girl. There are lots of old wives’ tales and other folklore about the matter.
Here’s some information to help you separate myths from facts.
1 Morning sickness
You may have heard that the severity of morning sickness is a clue about your baby’s gender.
With girls, the thought is that hormone levels are higher. For that reason, you’ll have more morning sickness. With boys, you should have relatively smooth sailing in the sickness department.
The truth is that morning sickness can vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy.
A study published in The Lancet revealed that women who had severe morning sickness in pregnancy were more likely to have girls. Otherwise, there isn’t much scientific evidence to support this idea.
2 Skin condition
Some people believe that a girl baby will steal the mother’s beauty. On the other hand, boys won’t give you as much acne.
A similar tale revolves around hair growth. With a boy, your hair will be longer and have more luster. With a girl, it will be limp and dull.
There’s no truth either way. Hormones are just crazy in pregnancy and affect all women differently. Washing your face frequently can help with breakouts.
With boys, you crave salty and savory foods like pickles and potato chips. With girls, it’s all about the sweets and chocolate.
In truth, no conclusive studies have been performed on food cravings as an accurate predictor of gender. Those cravings probably have more to do with your changing nutritional needs.
5 Heart rate
One of the most universal myths about gender revolves around your baby’s heart rate. If the beats per minute are under 140, the baby is supposed to be a boy. Higher than 140, it’s a girl.
Unfortunately, though this one sounds more scientific, there’s no hard truth behind it. A study published in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy revealed that there’s no meaningful difference between boy and girl heart rates in early pregnancy.
If you carry low, you might be having a boy. Carry high? It’s likely a girl.
Actually, how you carry during pregnancy has more to do with the shape of your uterus, your unique body type, and your abdominal muscles.
6 Free cell DNA blood tests
You can now take a blood test as early as nine weeks into your pregnancy. This can reveal your baby’s gender
You can typically find out the gender of your baby via ultrasound. This will be performed between 18 and 20 weeks.
The ultrasonographer will look at your baby’s image on the screen and examine the genitals for different markers that suggest boy or girl. This is part of a larger anatomy scan.
8 Weight gain
Myth: When you carry a baby boy, the extra pounds are mostly visible at the stomach, but when you are carrying a girl, the weight is distributed all over the body, including the face.
Fact: Most pregnant women gain weight throughout their pregnancy, and a considerable weight gain is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy and is not determined by the sex of the baby