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The minute you find out that you are pregnant is definitely a precious moment that you will never forget. Another precious moment is the day you find out the gender of your unborn child.
We all know the old wives’ tales regarding the gender you are carrying. If we have a pregnant woman in the family, all heads turn on her to try to guess if she is carrying a girl or a boy before she goes to her doctor to find out the big news.
Predicting your baby’s gender based on certain symptoms that you may experience can sometimes be myths that we have heard from our grandmothers and great grandmothers with no scientific evidence behind them. Of course, the only way to find out your baby’s gender is through an ultrasound.
Here are 7 signs and symptoms you may be having a girl:
- Severe morning sickness
- Lifeless hair
- Extreme mood changes
- High sugar cravings
- Weight gain around the middle
- Carrying the baby high
- Fast heartbeats
Severe morning sickness
Many people believe that extreme morning sickness is linked to having a baby girl. According to Medical News Today, a study published in 2017 found that women who were pregnant with girls experienced more inflammation in their bodies than those who were pregnant with boys. This is linked to women experiencing more severe morning sickness when carrying girls than boys.
There is an old belief that a girl steals her mother’s beauty while she is in her tummy, that’s why many people believe that if a woman’s hair is lifeless and dull, she is carrying a girl. However, no scientific evidence proves so. The fluctuation in hormones during pregnancy causes all kinds of changes in a woman’s body.
Extreme mood changes
We all know the mood swings caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy. Myth says that because women who are carrying girls have high levels of estrogen, they are moodier. However, according to studies, there is no scientific link between carrying a girl and having extreme mood swings.
High sugar cravings
Another very common myth about having a girl is your cravings. Many people believe that if you are craving sweets and sugary food, you are carrying a girl. The truth is your certain cravings may be a deficiency of certain minerals, but is not used to predict your baby’s gender.
Weight gain around the middle
One of the gender myths is that a woman who gains weight around the middle must be having a girl. However, there is no scientific evidence behind this myth. Where you gain weight during pregnancy depends on your body type.
Carrying the baby high
Another old wives’ tale says that if you are carrying high, you must be having a girl. The truth is the way you carry your baby depends on many factors, such as it being your first pregnancy and your weight gain rate during your pregnancy.
Fetal heartbeat ranges between 110-160 beats per minute. If your unborn child’s heartbeats fall between 140-160/minute, you are likely to be carrying a girl. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting this myth.
- What are the signs of having a girl? -Medical News Today
- Myths vs. Facts: Signs You’re Having a Baby Girl – Healthline
- Predicting Your Baby’s Sex – WebMed
- Further reading:
- 7 Signs You’re Having a Baby Boy
- 15 Unique Baby Shower Ideas for Boys and Girls
- 21 Cute Baby Boy Outfits That Are Perfect for Summer