Most pregnant women have heard these lines. “If you’re craving sweet foods it’s gonna be a boy.” You’re having a girl if you crave sour foods”. “Drano can tell you what your baby’s sex is”. “If your belly hangs low, it’s a boy”. Even with modern medical technology available old wives tales such as those stated above still persist when it comes to guessing the baby’s sex in utero. One of the reasons these myths still exist is partly because of the internet itself. Many self proclaimed experts who have access to a keyboard and internet bounce these myths from one inbox to another and some people take these to be true medical facts.
Some of them are funny, while others are weird. Here are some random baby myths on gender prediction.
Myth: Mixing your urine with Drano can tell you what you the baby’s gender.
Apparently mixing mom’s urine with some Drano can tell you what the baby’s sex is. Green means it will be a boy. According to researches this is an absolute myth. Mixing urine with Drano has no change in acidity or alkalinity of the boy or girl chromosome. According to studies conducted by the University of Wyoming mixing urine with Drano has a 50% accuracy.
Myth: Girl babies crave sour foods while boy babies crave sweets.
Babies in utero don’t actually crave anything. Craving sweets or sour food is a natural result of shifting hormones which have affected a mother’s sense of smell.
Myth: Morning sickness all day means it’s a girl.
There is actually some truth to this. Mothers experiencing extreme morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum tend to have girls rather than boys. According to studies levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG tend to be higher in mothers who are pregnant with girl babies.
However this does not mean to say that all mothers experiencing morning sickness all day will have a girl. Women carrying boys can still experience hyperemesis gravidarum.
Myth: The Chinese Lunar Calendar can accurately predict what sex baby you will have.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar was found in a 700 year old royal tomb and many pregnant women swear by it. According to research conducted by the Canadians, this calendar is 50% accurate.
One of the most accurate ways of knowing your baby’s gender is through an ultrasound. This is usually done between the 18th to 20th week of pregnancy. Providing that the ultrasound technician gets a good view between your baby’s legs an ultrasound is 80 – 90% accurate.