MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT HAVING A GIRL OR A BOY
Mother, Baby & Child|September 2021
Ahead of our free Pregnancy Information breakfast event on 21st September (where some top experts will be on hand to discuss emotional and physical health in pregnancy) let’s have a little fun by looking at some of the methods that were used generations ago to determine whether a pregnant mother was carrying a boy or a girl.

In the old days, women relied on a diverse array of old wives tales to tell them their baby’s gender before birth. Because they were 50% right on guessing the gender, amazingly, some of these myths persist today.

Your baby bump is low

MYTH

If your baby bump is ‘slung low’, even before your baby ‘drops’ into position in your 3rd trimester before labour, then you may be pregnant with a boy.

FACT

While carrying low can help you avoid some pregnancy indigestion symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean your baby is a boy. The appearance of your abdomen largely depends on the position of the baby and the number of children you’ve had before.

You only gain weight around your belly

MYTH

According to the myth, if people can’t tell you’re pregnant when looking at you from behind, and all your weight is around your belly area, then you may be pregnant with a boy. And if your weight is gained around your hips, waist and behind, then this signifies you’re having a girl.

FACT

Not true! The distribution of the weight you gain when pregnant just depends on your own natural size and shape, not the gender of the child you’re carrying.

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