Signs & Symptoms of Having a Baby Boy

Have your friends already guessed you’re having a baby boy even though you haven’t had an ultrasound? Many people make assumptions on the gender of a baby based on what you crave, how you feel and how you look. Remember, these are only myths and the best way to determine if you’re having a boy is through an ultrasound, which can determine the gender as early as 18 to 20 weeks. In the meantime, you can have some fun evaluating your signs and symptoms against the various myths.

Hand-knitted baby blue hat and booties on a table with a pacifier.
Hand-knitted baby blue hat and booties on a table with a pacifier. (MillefloreImages/iStock/Getty Images)
Cravings

Are you constantly reaching for the bag of potato chips or pretzels? Craving salty or sour foods supposedly means you’re having a boy. There isn’t specific evidence to why these cravings occur, but some possibilities are that your body is lacking some sort of nutrient or that your sense of taste and smell are altered because of the high hormone levels in your body, according to the article “Pregnancy Cravings: When You Gotta Have It!” on WebMD.

Morning Sickness

If you’ve escaped the morning sickness commonly associated with pregnancy, the myth says you likely have a little boy on the way. There may be some truth to this one. More women with severe morning sickness, called hyperemesis gravidarum, had girl babies than boy babies according to a study by M. Rashid et al. that appeared in a 2012 issue of the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Fetal Heart Rate

Is your baby’s heart rate slow and steady? Many believe a heart rate of less than 140 beats per minute signals a boy is on the way. The truth is, your baby’s heart rate varies depending on the age of the fetus and how active it is during the doctor visit. In fact, one study published in 2006 showed no difference between male and female heart rate during the first trimester according to the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Appearance

Many myths about having a boy have to do with how you look during pregnancy.

How you carry — If you’re carrying low and in front or your stomach looks like a basketball, people might guess you’re having a boy. The way you carry really has more to do with your muscle and uterine tone and the position of the baby according to the article “Pregnancy Myths and Tales” on kidshealth.org.

Hair — If your hair is gorgeous and glossy or if the hair on your legs grows faster than before pregnancy, myth says that signals a baby boy.

Face — If your face looks great with no sign of acne or if your nose widens, a boy could be the cause.

Hands and feet — Cold feet and dry hands also might mean a baby boy will join your family.

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