When the woman announces her pregnancy to her near and dear ones they try to figure out if the baby will be a boy or a girl. Although every culture has its own preferences but one should not really distinguish between a baby boy and the baby girl. The top five myths about predicting the sex of your baby are I) The heart rate of the baby II) Morning Sickness III) The Appearance of the belly IV) Craving for Sweets and Salt V) Active baby VI) The Circle Swing or the Pendulum. These six are the most prevalent myths about the gender of the baby.
The Heart Rate of the Baby
The heart rate of the baby is used to decide to the sex of the baby and if the heart rate is less than 140 bits/minute means the baby is a boy and when the heart rate is more than 140 bits/minute that means it is a girl. People have believed this myth for a long time now and there is only one study that backs it partially. The University of Kentucky studied this myth in 1993. According to the study, this method can rightly decide the male sex ninety one percent and can decide the female gender seventy four percent. The other studies carried out before and after the 1993 study has proved things otherwise that, this method cannot at all be used to decide the sex of the fetus. Thus, it is left with the parents to believe or disbelieve the myth.
When the mother experiences intense morning sickness then the baby could be a girl. The research in this regard by the Swedish says that 56% mothers admitted to hospital after this condition gave birth to a girl child. Experts still say that the results are not very correct. One may have a bit great chance of a girl with morning sickness and that is all.
The Appearance of the Belly
If the carrying of the fetus is high then it must be a girl and low carriage means it is a boy. The birth of this myth is in the traditional English wisdom.
When the movement of the baby in the belly is high, it must be a boy and this clearly is a very sexist myth. The movement in the belly depends a lot on the mother and cannot be the reason for a male child.
When the mother craves more for sweets then it must be a girl and cravings for salt means it should be a boy. No evidence supports this myth and hence cannot be useful for determining the sex of the baby.
The Circle Swing or the Pendulum
When a needle or the wedding ring is held over the belly and it moves in a fast circular fashion, then it must be a girl and when it moves back and forth, it indicates a boy. Even this is not a very reliable myth to predict the sex.