How to Tell the Sex Of Your Baby

Posted by | November 06, 2019 | Lifestyle, Pregnancy Health | No Comments
How Can You Tell the Gender of Your Baby?

When you’re pregnant, it’s natural to want to know the sex of your baby. Most women find out through the safe, painless and very reliable (although not infallible) ultrasound examination. Until the ultrasound was invented in the 50s, and came into wide use in the 70s, there was a lot of speculation about how to tell the sex of your baby.

What are the myths about determining my baby’s sex?

Throughout the centuries, there have been many myths and unscientific methods rumored to help find out the sex of a fetus before birth. Although some may be entertaining–and any method you use will be correct about half of the time–all are rumors, not based on scientific fact. Some common myths about learning your baby’s sex include:

  • What foods is the mother-to-be craving? Craving sweet food is rumored to signal a girl will be born and if a pregnant woman favors sour or salty food, it will be a boy.
  • Does the expectant mom have hairy legs? A male fetus has been rumored to make the hair on the expectant mother’s legs grow faster, while a female fetus doesn’t cause additional leg hair to grow.
  • What color is the pregnant woman’s urine? Another myth says that if urine is dull in color, this predicts a girl baby, while brightly colored urine signals to all that a boy baby is on the way.
  • Is the mom-to-be carrying high or low? It has been said that carrying the baby high, with the baby bump high on the abdomen, tells you a girl will be born. Carrying “low” is said to mean it’s a boy.
  • Is the fetal heartbeat fast? One story says that a male fetus has a higher heart rate in utero than a female.
  • Does the pregnant woman’s urine change color when mixed with _______? There are various rumors about this, with different ingredients called for in the mixture. Trying this out is notrecommended, especially if it will expose you and your fetus to potentially toxic substances.

What’s the scientific, reliable way to learn baby’s gender?

Ultrasound examinations, performed after 16 weeks of pregnancy, often show a baby’s sex with an accuracy of nearly 90 percent. The ultrasound generates black-and-white images of the developing fetus using high frequency sound waves. This non-invasive test is safe for both the woman and her fetus and commonly done to check the health of the pregnancy.

Certain invasive tests, like amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, can accurately reveal the gender of the baby with complete certainty. However, since these tests are not risk-free, they’re only performed to address other health concerns during gestation.

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About Dr. Mark Gostine

A physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two. The announcement of his daughter Emily’s first pregnancy and the joy of his first grandchild, were major turning points in his life. They became the inspiration for babyQ. From then on, he wanted to dedicate his clinical knowledge and energy to helping young women have healthier pregnancies and better babies. Voted one of the best 100 doctors in his field in America, Dr. Gostine is a practitioner of nutrition who creates health education modules for his patients. He, along with Dr. of my children,” he says. “My hope is that young mothers and fathers everywhere will give their children the best start because it is so much better to prevent disease early than treat it later.” Dr. Gostine, a native of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, and is Board Certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his undergraduate studies and his medical residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, followed by a pain management fellowship at the Kansas City Consortium in Missouri. Currently President of Michigan Pain Consultants and Founder of ProCare Systems, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.