Gender Prediction Myths – Are Any of Them Real?

If you are currently trying to get pregnant, you’ve probably heard about people that have been able to predict the gender of their baby ( boy or girl ). They have probably used one of the many so-called wives tales that have been spread around from generation to generation, and especially over the Internet, about special procedures that can be done to help you predict the gender of your baby. Here is an overview of many of the most popular ones, and then a conclusion as to whether or not any of them actually work at all.

Gender Prediction Myths That You May Have Heard Of

When looking at the many different methods for predicting the gender of your baby, or in some way influencing which gender you will be able to have when the child is born, some of them sound absolutely ridiculous, whereas many of them seem to have some foundation in reality, especially when so many people have said that they have tried the same procedures and it has worked for them. Some of the most common ones include looking at the history of your family, and whether or not more males or females have been born. In reality, the genetics for the gender of your child have many different variables, making it almost impossible to predict by looking at your lineage. Other ones include the size of your legs. If you have a large stomach, one that is sticking out quite far, it is theoretically going to be a girl. If your stomach is hanging low, many people believe that this is representative of having a boy, but there is no scientific proof to show that any of this is true. Your diet can also be brought into question in regard to what gender your child will be. For instance, if you are eating the ends of a loaf of bread, it is going to be a boy, and if you are eating the middle of the bread, even peeling the crust away, it is going to be a girl. Again, another myth that has no basis in reality.

Truth In Some Of The Myths

There are some myths that seem to be based in reality, primarily because of the statistics involved in studies that have been done. The time of the conception can actually be a predictor as to the gender of the child, specifically which day the conception occurs. During the menstrual cycle, those that conceive at the beginning of the cycle tend to have more boys whereas those at the end of the menstrual cycle tend to have more girls. This is not based upon scientific fact, but statistics that have been gathered from people that have been asked about the time of conception, and the gender of the child once it is born. More than likely, this is a statistical anomaly as the time of conception would not have any correlation to genetics. However, it is just one more of those old wives tales that will become more popular for a little while, and then fade into obscurity when the next one comes around.

The only way to really predict what gender a child will be is to go through in vitro fertilization. The odds are greater, weighed almost completely toward the female gender, when a woman is fertilized artificially, which has more to do with the procedure, and the eggs that are used, leading to the end result which is a female baby. Time will tell if there will actually be a way to use one of these fanciful strategies to actually consistently predict the gender of a baby. Until then, it’s always good to hope for the best, and regardless of what gender your child is, you should love the baby regardless.