There is always a lot of speculation about whether it’s possible to know for certain the sex of an unborn baby, but is there really anything to those old wives tales?
At our Gynae Clinic we love to speculate about those old wives tales and see if we are right, but actually an ultrasound around the 20th week of pregnancy is the only way to know for sure.
So we wonder if you are setting store by any of these old indicators of a baby’s’ gender and we wonder what the experts think!
Od wives Tale (OWT): if a woman has severe morning headaches the chances are good that she is carrying a baby girl.
Truth: There has been a lot of discussion among UK obstetricians but no real conclusion because of a lack of scientific evidence. But if a woman does have severe headaches each morning, she might have high blood pressure!
OWT: If the baby’s heartbeat is less than 140 then it’s boy and over 140, it’s a girl.
Truth: Although this is a popular myth only one study done, supports it. The study done in 1993 at the University of Kentucky concluded that in ninety-one per cent of baby boys and seventy four per cent of baby girls this OWT was confirmed.
OWT: A baby girl will be high in the belly and a boy will be held lower down. This comes from English folk wisdom - boys crave greater independence so are carried further down and girls need more protection so they are carried high in the womb.
Truth: Neither scientific studies nor any experiments uphold this OWT.
OWT: If the mother craves for sweets like chocolate she is carrying a baby girl while craving for salty foods can indicates a baby boy.
Truth: Some people have more of a sweet tooth so if this were true they would never have a baby boy. Scientifically every couple has equal chances having either sex.
OWT: Boys move more while girls are less active.
Truth: The activity of a foetus has given rise to a lot of discussion between doctors and obstetricians. The movement of a foetus may depend on many other factors so this is another no go for determining a baby’s sex.
There are ways to accurately determine the sex of the baby. The first is an invasive test - amniocentesis that is carried out to check for chromosomal abnormalities. At that time the sex chromosomes can also be checked to discover whether the baby is a boy or a girl (XY for boys, XX for girls). This test will never be done though, just to find out what sex a baby is.
Ultrasound, normally from the 16-17 week mark onwards, is more than 95% accurate. 2D scans are typically used determine sex but 3D and 4D scans can be useful and a great hit with the parents to be!
If you would like to know the sex of your baby or have any concerns about your pregnancy then our private gynaecologist in London’s, Harley Street will be happy to offer you the expertise you need.
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