Scientists Have a New Way to Predict Whether You’ll Have a Boy or Girl

Often, as soon as she finds out she’s pregnant, a woman begins to wonder if she’s having a boy or girl. It doesn't usually matter which, but she just wants to know! There are all kinds of old wives tales that claim to predict a baby’s sex. However, there are only a few tried and true methods of finding out. One method is genetic testing around 10 weeks. Another is sneaking a peek through ultrasound around 16-20 weeks. And, of course, you can always wait until the big day to find out! If you’re too early for any of the tried and true methods, scientists have discovered a new way to predict a baby’s sex: 

The mother’s blood pressure prior to becoming pregnant. 

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The study was done in China. It revealed that mothers with higher blood pressure pre-pregnancy are more likely to deliver baby boys. Because of that, it also showed that mothers with lower blood pressure pre-pregnancy are more likely to deliver baby girls. The scientists report that they don’t know if pre-pregnancy blood pressure causes conditions in the body that result in a greater likelihood of one sex over another. Also, they aren't sure if blood pressure is an indicator of other conditions that result in the greater likelihood of having a boy or girl.

There’s still a lot to learn about why an individual ends up with a baby boy or girl. However, science is rapidly developing and scientists hope to have more answers in the coming years! 

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Did you try any of the gender predictors while you were pregnant, or stick with the tried and true methods? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Scientists Have a New Way to Predict Whether You’ll Have a Boy or Girl

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. She is writing a memoir on pregnancy, motherhood, and sisterhood and lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. ... More

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