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If you’ve ever been told that your baby bump indicates the gender of your baby or heard about signs you’re having a baby boy, here are the claims and scientific truths behind them.
7 Signs You’re Having a Baby Boy
- Morning sickness
- Bump position
- Pimple-free skin
- Thick shiny hair
- Heart rate of the fetus
- A big appetite
One of the common myths that you’re having a baby boy is determined based on your first trimester. If you find yourself free of morning sickness and not feeling nauseous, this could be a sign you’re having a baby boy. The scientific reasoning behind it is that when having a girl, your hormone levels are higher and therefore making it more possible to suffer from morning sickness. However, when having a boy, the hormones produced by your body are less.
Another myth about the gender of your child is said to be determined by the foods you crave. If you’re craving salty and savory foods such as pickles and chips, then common myths indicate that this is a sign you’re having a boy.
While there is no scientific reasoning behind it, it is thought that food cravings are changes in your nutritional needs as the baby absorbs all the nutrients from your body. This leaves you craving nutrients your body needs the most.
There’s a lot of myths about your bump position and size that are said to be a sign of what gender you’re having. Common myths indicate that if you have a bigger bump and you’re carrying low then you’re probably having a boy. However, these signs are just myths and don’t really have any relevance to your baby’s gender as they are just an indication of the position of the fetus in your abdomen.
If you feel that your skin is glowing and pimple-free, then the myths say that you’re probably having a baby boy. Due to the increased hormones that the body secretes when making a baby girl, having a pimple breakout is quite common. However, with fewer hormones interfering, it is thought that the glowing and pimple-free skin is a strong indication of having a boy.
Thick shiny hair
Another common indication that is believed to be a sign of having a baby boy is healthy hair. Due to the male hormones increasing in your body, your hair becomes thicker and appears to look a lot more nourished and shinier. However, the level of estrogen also slightly increases which aids in prolonging the hair growth and prevents the hair from shedding. The sex of the baby can’t really be determined by this factor.
Heart rate of the fetus
Measuring the fetus’ heart rate to help determine the sex is a common myth that most mothers tend to believe. During the 6th week of pregnancy, a fetus’ heart will start to beat and it is believed if the heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute, then that’s probably a sign you’re having a boy. However, many studies have indicated that there is no truth to this myth and that in most cases the heart rate of the male fetuses are even higher than that of the females.
A big appetite
The pregnancy myths indicate that if you’re hungry all the time then you’re probably having a baby boy due to the increase in appetite. There’s a reason why the expression “Boy, am I hungry” is so common and that’s because studies tend to show that there are some indications that this might actually be true. It could be a combination of chemical hormones and that male fetuses tend to grow faster than female fetuses requiring more food and nutrition.
While following the signs can be fun, the best way to actually determine the gender of the baby is to have an ultra sound and have your doctor tell you what sex to expect. So, instead of having to listen to all these comments and wonder whether there’s any reality to the myths, consider getting an ultra sound to be sure.