Finding out you’re pregnant is an exciting experience. As you may know, knowing the sex of a baby is one of the most popular topics almost every couple discusses before the baby arrives, and this topic comes with a lot of old wives’ tales and other folklore.
Are you thinking of how to know the sex of a baby without scan? Great! This article is for you. Gone are the days when gender prediction meant taking the word of the wise old lady in your village.
Ultrasounds have increased greatly in their quality and accuracy over the past 20 years.
Unlike other places around the world, such as Europe (where there tends to be a set number of scans for normal pregnancies), India and China (where gender detection is prohibited), or in the UAE, where doctors are generally happy to scan you to your heart’s content.
If getting a surprise in the delivery room isn’t your thing, check out the following ways scientific, traditional, and downright odd to help you separate myths from facts. Read On…
How To Know The Sex Of A Baby Without Scan: 12 Ways To Tell
1. Bump Shape
Myth: While boy babies do tend to be slightly heavier than girl babies, this would only affect the size, rather than the shape, of your bump.
If your bump is protruding like the shape of a ball, chances are that it is a boy. If your bump’s weight is more spread out around your middle, likely it’s a girl.
Fact: According to childbirth educator Pranjul Tandon, the appearance of a woman’s pregnant stomach is entirely dependent on her body shape and the weight and position of the fetus.
If a baby is positioned with its back pressed up against the mother’s front then the mother’s tummy will protrude outwards, whereas if the baby is positioned against the mother’s back her tummy will look flatter.
The baby’s position cannot be used to identify the gender of the baby nor does the abdominal strength of the mother’s stomach, or how many children she’s had before, both of which can also affect whether she appears to be carrying her bump ‘high’ or ‘low’.
However, some scientists suggest that it’s the shape of the breasts rather than the stomach that one should be looking at to guess the gender of the baby.
According to a 2015 Polish study, a woman’s breast volume is likely to increase more during pregnancy when she is carrying a baby boy rather than a girl, which is believed to be due to a male infant’s increased lactation demands.
2. Heart Rate
Myth: If the fetal heart rate is above 140 beats/minute, it’s a girl. If it is lower, then it’s a boy.
Fact: Scientifically, several studies have been done to compare fetal heart rates between genders during pregnancy, with no significant correlations or contrasts confirmed.
According to Pranjul Tandon, fetal heart rate only depends on the health, age, and activity levels of the fetus.
The embryo’s heart rate begins at about 75 beats per minute, which then accelerates each day during the first month until it peaks at about 180 beats per minute, and then drops back so that by the middle of pregnancy the average rate is between 120 to 160 beats per minute.
A 1999 study did find that female fetus have a significantly higher heart rate during normal labor than male fetuses, but the reasons for this are still undisclosed.
Myth: When you’re craving salty/spicy/sour foods, it is a boy, whereas craving sweets and dairy products indicate a girl.
Fact: This is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood aspects of pregnancy. While a lot of women will swear by their insatiable pregnancy desire for pickles and ice cream, the jury is still out in the scientific community to know if pregnancy cravings exist, or if they’re simply psychological.
A lot of research has been carried out to know what causes cravings during pregnancy, although there’s no definitive evidence yet.
Some believe that it could be down to a difference in hormone levels, some believe that it could be due to the body’s nutritional deficiencies, while some have investigated the cultural impact of pregnancy.
Either way, there is no current evidence that supports that cravings are in any way an indication of the sex of the unborn baby.
4. Morning Sickness
Myth: Pregnant women with more severe morning sickness are expecting a girl.
Fact: There is some potential evidence to this myth. In Sweden, a study of over a million pregnancies between 1987 and 1995 showed there was a greater risk of the serious morning sickness condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum during the first trimester for every woman carrying a female child.
Interestingly, these reports have been supported by many other studies, including one in 2004 by the University of Washington, as well as Lancet research, and a 2017 small-scale study by Ohio State University, among others. It’s still uncertain what causes morning sickness.
However, some scientists believe it may be connected with the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin, which is produced by the placenta after implantation, while others conjecture that the increased likelihood of morning sickness in mothers of girls could be connected to higher levels of estrogen.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, a study found that there’s a greater pro-inflammatory response in the immune cells of women carrying a girl, this indicates that they might be more susceptible to illness than women carrying boys.
Myth: Women suffering from heartburn during pregnancy can indicate that the baby is a girl with lots of hair.
Fact: This is a common pregnancy complaint. Heartburn usually happens when the growing uterus pushes the stomach, causing stomach acids to travel to the esophagus.
Another cause can be a due change in the level of hormones, which interfere with the stomach and digestion system.
Scientists believe that the connection between heartburn and fetal hair was nothing but folklore; interestingly, in 2006 a John Hopkins study shocked the scientific community by proving that there is a connection. How is that possible?
The researchers stated that there may be a shared biologic mechanism involving a dual role of pregnancy hormones in both the relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter and the modulation of fetal hair growth.
However, although there may be a link between heartburn and hair, this is not a sign that you’re having a girl. Keep in mind a baby boy can be hairy as baby girl too!
6. Linea Nigra
Myth: If the Linea Nigra (Dark lines) runs above your belly button, it’s a boy and if it runs below your belly button, it’s a girl.
Fact: Linea Nigra is a latin term that translates literally to “Dark lines” that often runs from the pubic bone to below or above the navel of a pregnant women’s belly.
This is a type of skin hyperpigmentation that about 75% of pregnant women will experience, it’s believed to be caused by fluctuating hormones and is more prominent in mothers with darker skin.
While there’s no evidence suggesting that it has nothing to do with the gender of your baby, experts suggest that its evolutionary purpose was to help guide a newborn up towards their food source, the nipple, which is the skin that usually also darkens in pregnant women.
7. Sleeping Position
Myth: If a pregnant woman prefers sleeping on her right side, she might have a girl, and if she prefers the left side, she might have a boy.
Fact: This old wives tale is so untrue that researchers haven’t even bothered to look at the link between sleeping position and baby’s gender (spoiler alert: there’s no link).
However, doctors recommend that expectant mothers should sleep on their sides, rather than their backs, which has been associated with a heightened risk of stillbirth.
According to Pranjul, sleeping on your left side is considered most favorable than on the right side as it increases blood circulation and the flow of nutrients to the baby.
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Myth: Dangling the wedding ring with a string on a pregnant belly can identify the gender of the baby.
Fact: This is the most fun and the most ridiculous old wives’ tale about gender prediction, which has been around for centuries quotes Pranjul Tandon. The only thing a wedding ring may predict is the wealth of the parents of the unborn baby.
9. Mum’s Appearance
Myth: There are all sorts of theories about how your baby can influence your appearance, many of which are directly contradictory.
Some people claim that if the expectant mom’s skin is radiant and soft, it’s a girl, and if it is dull and dry, it is a boy.
However, other people say the opposite: that a baby girl will steal her mother’s beauty, while a baby boy will boost it.
Fact: Pregnancy always brings about skin changes in women due to varying hormone levels, but these affect every other woman differently.
They may cause your oil glands to secrete more sebum, which could either manifest itself in the renowned ‘pregnancy appearance or, if you’re less lucky, in recurrent acne and chin spots.
Additionally, an increase in blood volume in pregnancy brings more blood to your vessels, resulting in flushed-looking skin.
Of course, eating right and plenty of hydration plays a huge role in how a mother’s skin looks but, sadly, the sex of the baby you’re carrying does not.
10. Baking Soda Test
This test claims to use chemistry to help reveal the gender of your baby.
This experiment is all about how your urine reacts with baking soda, and the claim is that whether there’s a fizz or not will reveal your baby’s sex. But you need to be sure you’re doing it right to get the most accurate result.
11. Fat Daddy
According to myth, if the father piles on the pounds during the mother’s pregnancy, then she’s carrying a girl; interestingly, Danish researchers conducted a study of 100 fathers to be and the result showed that those who had little girls were heavier at their births than those who had boys.
12. Pee Color
Will it work? I’m not sure (but a good test for whether you need to hydrate). As we all know, pregnancy involves a lot of peeing into a cup, so this experiment couldn’t be easier.
Simply take a closer look at the color of your urine to figure out what you’re having. Dark, neon-like urine indicates a boy, while dull, cloudy, and light urine indicates a girl.
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