Pregnancy Gender Prediction

How can you predict the gender of a baby in a pregnant woman?

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2014-03-27 14:24:36
2014-03-27 14:24:36

You cannot predict, but some say a woman will carry a boy low and a girl high.

Any method for predicting the gender of a baby is considered to be Wives' tales and are not supported by the medical community. There are several medical procedures used to predict the gender, such as the ultrasound (which is not always accurate), blood tests and chromosomal tests (which are always accurate if you have to have one completed).

The myth that a woman carrying a boy high and a girl high stems from stereotype. This stereotype is that a boy is more independent, thus will be carried lower or 'further away from his mother' and that a girl needs more protection, thus carried closer to her mother or 'carried high.'

There are many Wives' tales out there for predicting the gender. Lot of them are based on those stereotypes of boy vs. girl behavior. There are some who believe in these Wives' tales so much as they consider them fact because they have been right most of the time. The basis is that ANY method for predicting the gender in this way (even one that you make up yourself) has the odds of 50/50 of being right. Even odds there.

The only Wives' tale that had ever been considered by the medical community to be accurate was the rate of the heartbeat. A girl's fetal heartbeat is faster - over 140 beats per minute, while a boy's fetal heartbeat was slower - lower than 140 beats per minute. I guess if your baby's heartbeat was 140 beats per minute on the dot, it was a toss-up between the two. However, this myth has recently been debunked by scientific research because the rate of the heartbeat can fluctuate between boys and girls alike from various things like fetal or mother stress, mother illness, and at the stage of development for the fetus.

But, all of these Wives' tales for predicting the gender of the fetus before it is born makes for some great Baby Shower games! On that note, I wouldn't go decorating the nursery or shopping for a complete wardrobe based on the outcome of any of them!

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