Motherhood Monday

Motherhood Monday: You are NOT a Baby Whisperer!

Just thinking about writing this post made me laugh. It just amazes me how many people can tell if I am having a boy or girl by the way I am standing, sitting, position of my belly, if my nose is spread, if I have a weave or natural! LOL!

I was speaking with my friend about how I don’t have the gift of telling what gender a woman is carrying. I am not a baby whisperer! I don’t have the gift! I trust the ultra sound. My grandmother also asked me, “Well, what does it feel like inside of you? A boy or a girl?” What granny? Really! She saw me and said, “It’s a boy!” Not you too Granny!

Where did this come from? How can people just tell what you having by looking at you and be so sure? I decided to research it. Here are just a few myths about determining gender.

Myth: The shape and height of your belly can indicate your baby’s sex.
Truth: The popular belief that women carrying boys carry low and that women carrying girls carry high just isn’t true. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle tone, uterine tone, and the position the baby is in. That’s why someone may think you’re having a boy because you’re carrying low, when actually the baby just dropped lower into the pelvis because you’re closer to delivery. So, what’s the most accurate way to determine your baby’s sex? Talk to your doctor about getting an ultrasound.

Myth: Fetal heart rate can indicate your baby’s sex.
Truth: A normal fetal heart rate is between 120 and 160 beats per minute (bpm), although some people think if it’s faster (usually above the 140 bpm range) it’s a girl and if it’s slower it’s a boy. But there have been no studies that conclusively show that heart rate is a predictor for a baby’s gender. Your baby’s heart rate will probably differ from prenatal visit to prenatal visit anyway — depending on the age of the fetus and activity level at the time of the visit.

Myth: The shape and fullness of your face during pregnancy can indicate your baby’s sex.
Truth: Every woman gains weight differently during pregnancy, and every woman experiences different skin changes. If people tell you that because your face is round and rosy you’re having a girl, they might be right — but it’s just as likely that they’re wrong!

Has anyone correctly GUESSED what you were having?

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    A Haute Mommy
    November 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    This just kills me. I get it everyday. I don’t understand it and I never guess or have a theory about what someone is having. Most people do guess that it’s a boy but I think that’s only because I have two girls. Someone said that I was having a boy because my stomach was high which is the opposite of what you said the myth was. During my pregnancy with my girls everyone predicted it was a boy. I just wish people would ask me or wait until the baby gets here.

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    Carissa
    November 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    These are hilarious!!! I used to crack up at all the myths people would tell me when I was pregnant! According to the myths I was pregnant with a boy, but I had a girl! All the advice and stories you hear during pregnancy are unreal!!!

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    Mimi
    November 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I did both times. I just knew. However people and their myths always guessed right. I may have had one or two that were off but for the most part the Baby Whisperers were on it! I have my thoughts on what you are having but I’ll keep it to myself!!

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    Rochelle Sodipo Washington
    November 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Yeah girl, it’s a whole bunch of foolishness. Fun foolishness but, foolishness none the less! People were telling me all kinds of stuff when I was preggo. It was fun but, I was really thinking…STOP LOOKING at me! LOL!

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    Marisa-Andrea
    November 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Lol yup! Since folks had a 50% chance of being RIGHT, inevitably some people did guess correctly (and others did not). Southern folks were the funniest with the myths — one security guard told me he was from Georgia and he just KNEW from how I was carrying I was having a boy and people from the south KNOW these things. We found out at 30 weeks because she was hiding the entire time. My husband had a dream we were having a girl that looked like him and we did!

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    kita
    November 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    I just knew the second one was going to be a boy because I did not want a girl so I psyched myself out….but nope had a girl.

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    Katherine Phillips
    November 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I always found this extremely funny. Its worst than people always trying to yell you how to raise your kids

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