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Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Shen1986 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:54 am

There are many rumors about pregnancy and some people claim they can predict the sex of the baby by old folklore like myths. Here is the rundown. For me it started after I read a blog article about a aunt that could predict the sex and looks of the baby child thanks to spirits:
Not my aunt, actually, but rather an aunt of my younger brother's first wife. She must have been a really interesting character, though I knew her only through my brother's recounting of his and his then-wife's brief stay with Dottie in Ackworth, Georgia many years ago.

Like a lot of rural southerners she was quite superstitious. My brother told me she was deeply into spiritualism and routinely consulted spirits. Any matter of concern or importance called for a session with her well used Ouija Board.

Consulting the spirits would have been easy for her because - according to her - the homestead was built on a haunted portion of an old Civil War battlefield. Lots of those around here, at least according to legend.

Most enjoyable is hearing my brother tell of the night he was shaken awake by a ghost dressed in a Confederate Uniform. Now my brother is a bit more religious in the traditional sense than I am, having retained a good portion of our Christian upbringing. I've never found him to be particularly superstitious, but hang around the creepy atmosphere Aunt Dottie's place provided and lots of strange things might seem to occur.

When my brother told her about his experience of being shaken awake by a Confederate Ghost and provided the young man's description, Dottie told him the soldier's name and little about conversations she had had with him over the years.

And Aunt Dottie did correctly predict the sex of my brother and his wife's baby early in the pregnancy, even providing what later proved to be a reasonably accurate description of what the baby would look like.
Taken from: http://dougsdribblings.blogspot.sk/2013 ... 4944560396" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I have a normal scientific explanation for the looks of the child:
Genetic similarities

How strong are these genetically transmitted similarities? Everyone has experience of this in their own families. All people know that family members reveal similarities in appearance. One nice website revealing this is that of the Cottrell family (click here for Cottrell family website). This is an example from one family, but what of others? Just examine these photographs:

These photographs reveal that genetic similarities are transmitted across generations.
Taken from: http://www.neardth.com/seeing-family-during-nde.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Therefore it was easy for her to deduce the looks of a person by just taking attention.

Now lets take us to the child birth prediction myths:

The myths are following ones:
True or False: You Can Predict Your Baby’s Gender by How You Carry the Pregnancy:

If you are pregnant and showing, chances are your friends, family, and even strangers are making guesses about whether you are having a girl or a boy. Some of them believe they are more than guessing; they feel they can determine the sex of your baby simply by looking at you. Women may also refer to their own pregnancies or pregnancies of their friends, and they insist the sex could be easily and accurately determined by how the baby was carried. Generally, people believe that if the baby is high in the womb, you are going to have a girl; if you are carrying low, it is a boy. But others insist that girls are carried low and boys high. Is either true? Not according to researchers, who say that predicting your baby’s sex by how you are carrying the pregnancy is probably no more reliable than flipping a coin. Evidence for the Health Claim Predicting gender by how the pregnancy is being carried can be traced back to old English folklore. According to the legend, women carried their daughters high and their sons low. The reason for this, according to the myth, is that boys tend to be more independent and stay low in the abdomen, while girls need more protection and are carried higher. But like many myths, this one has become blurred throughout the years. Many women insist the opposite—that girls tend to be carried lower and boys higher. Another variant of this classic myth is that if you carry the weight all out front (like a basketball), it will be a boy; if you carry it equally distributed, the baby will be a girl. Evidence Against the Health Claim Because the legend had lasted through the centuries, scientists set out to determine if there was any truth to this folklore. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted a study in which they assessed 104 pregnant women who did not know the sex of their babies. Their findings were published in an issue of Birth . The researchers found that the babies’ gender was not related to the shape of the woman’s abdomen, the severity of morning sickness, or comparisons with previous pregnancies—all common beliefs used to determine the baby’s sex. But interestingly, women with more than 12 years of education correctly predicted the sex of their babies 71% of the time, compared to 43% of the time for less educated women. And the women whose predictions were based on psychological criteria, such as dreams or feelings, were significantly more likely to be correct than those who based their predictions on how they were carrying the baby. If not the sex of the baby, what does determine how a woman will carry her pregnancy? It depends on a number of factors and will likely be different from pregnancy to pregnancy. The position of the baby, the size and shape of the uterus, and the strength of the abdominal muscles (they tend to lose strength in subsequent pregnancies) can all determine if a pregnancy will be carried, high, low, out front, or all over. Conclusion If you want to guess the sex of your baby, using old wives tales and folklore can be fun. Popular beliefs are that babies who are carried low, who have slower heartbeats, and whose mothers are spared from morning sickness are boys. On the other hand, if you’re craving sweets, have soft skin, and are moody most of the time, folklore says it might just be a girl. But since none of these myths have found scientific support, if you’re looking to plan ahead and deck out your nursery in gender-specific baby gear, you may want to turn to more reliable methods for determining your baby’s gender: ultrasound or amniocentesis . Keep in mind, though, that ultrasound is not 100% accurate, and about 10% of the time the ultrasound technician may not be able to determine the sex for one reason or another (eg, the baby’s position). Also, amniocentesis poses certain risks to your baby, which is why it is usually performed only in higher risk pregnancies.
Taken from: http://www.winchesterhospital.org/healt ... ?id=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
or also here http://www.beliefnet.com/healthandheali ... cid=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It was written by the author Krisha McCoy.

This is a myth that it is based in the wombs position. This is a myth. Here are others:

Chinese gender charts

Legend says that the Chinese gender charts are over 700 years old and over 90% correct if used correctly. The gender of your baby is predicted based on the month of conception and the mother's birthday - both expressed as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. 90% correct seems like a big claim but anecdotally, many mothers who have used these charts during pregnancy enthusiastically swear by their accuracy.
Baby's heart rate

This gender prediction theory says that girls and boys have different heart rates in the womb - a baby with a heart beat under 140 beats a minute is a boy, and a baby with 140 or over beats a minute is a girl. An easy method to divine the sex of your baby, but one that sadly lacks any scientific evidence. In fact, a study has proven conclusively that there is no correlation between the gender of your baby and its heart rate.
Wedding ring test

This test involves threading a wedding ring onto a thread or piece of hair. Hold the dangling ring over the pregnant belly of mum-to-be while she is lying down. If the ring swings back and forth like a pendulum, she is carrying a boy. If the ring swings in a strong circular motion, she is carrying a girl. No hard science supports this test beyond wishful thinking!
Draino gender test

Although this test has been around forever, it is NOT recommended that pregnant women do it because of the toxic fumes that result (and the environment doesn't love it either). The test involves combining crystal Draino with a small amount of the mum-to-be's urine in a jar. There will be a chemical reaction immediately. If the mixture turns a dark brown, you are expecting a boy. If the mixture doesn't change colour, you are expecting a girl.
Carrying high or carrying low

Some people believe they can tell what you are having by simply looking at your belly. Where you are carrying your baby is meant to tell whether it's a boy or girl you are carrying. High, and it's a girl; low and it's a boy. Sadly for believers of this theory, where you carry your baby has a lot more to do with your build, your weight and your baby's position.
Morning sickness

Apparently, morning sickness is meant to be worse when you are expecting a girl. The 'science' to back up this theory is that when you are pregnant with a girl, your body is flooded with extra girl hormones which make you feel extra sick as your body adjusts to them.
Baby weight

Another gender prediction theory that can be conducted by simply looking at a pregnant woman, this one rests on the idea that when you are pregnant with a girl, you hold your extra baby weight on your bum and hips (something to do with these being the parts of the body being where women usually stack on the weight). If, however, you're pregnant with a boy, all your extra baby weight will be at the front on your belly.
Guessing competition

When there are only two possible outcomes of any gender prediction test - boy or girl - simply taking a guess seems like a reasonable thing to do. After all, that still gives you a 50% chance of being correct. However, a study that asked pregnant women to predict the sex of their own baby showed that mums-to-be have a success rate far better than 50%! In fact, they correctly predicted the sex of their baby 71% of the time.
Amniocentesis and CVS

Amnio and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) are two tests that may be performed during pregnancy if your baby is considered at high risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Both these tests give a 99% accurate determination of your baby's gender, however, these tests are never done to determine sex alone as they are both invasive procedures and carry with them a risk of miscarriage.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Birth, Australia's best pregnancy, labour and birth resource.
Taken from: http://www.birth.com.au/Pregnancy/Pregn ... baby-s-sex" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Also here:
Care to know?
Curious about the gender of the tiny tenant who's been subletting your uterus for the past nine months? You're not alone.

Since the beginning of time, expectant parents have tried to guess whether the baby they are carrying is a boy or a girl. Here's the scoop on seven of the most prevalent myths about predicting the gender of your baby.

1. Heartrate
"A heartrate of less than 140 beats per minute means that you're having a boy while a heartrate of over 140 beats per minute means that you're having a girl."

Although this particular myth has been kicking around for decades, there's only one study on the books that supports it: a 1993 study at the University of Kentucky that concluded that the fetal heartbeat could be used to correctly predict the gender of 91% of male fetuses and 74% of female fetuses.

Every other study conducted before or since has reached the exact opposite conclusion -- that the fetal heart-rate can't be used to predict the gender of your baby.

2. The shape of your belly
"If you're carrying your baby high, it's a girl. If you're carrying your baby low, it's a boy." If you've managed to get through nine months of pregnancy without having someone predict the gender of your baby based on the shape of your belly, count your blessings!

Many people still lend credence to a rather sexist bit of English folk wisdom that states that boys are carried down low and out front because they need greater independence while girls are carried up high and across their mother's body because they need greater protection -- the origin of this particular gender prediction myth.

3. Morning sickness
"If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, you're having a girl." Theories such as this one have been tossed around for years, but a recent study added more fuel to the fire.

Swedish researchers discovered that 56% of women hospitalized with severe morning sickness ended up giving birth to baby girls. Even if there is something to this study -- something that's led to more than a few heated arguments among obstetricians -- the findings aren't exactly definitive.

At best, you can conclude that you may have a slightly higher-than-average chance of having a baby girl if you're feeling exceptionally crummy. It's up to you whether you want to paint the nursery pink on that basis!

4. The baby is active
"If the baby is very active, you're having a boy." Here's yet another theory based on some rather sexist assumptions: males are boisterous while females are placid.

What this theory fails to take into account, however, is the fact that the amount of fetal activity that the mother feels is largely a matter of perception. If she's running around at breakneck speed all day, she may fail to pick up on the movements of all but the most energetic of fetal kickboxers!

5. Cravings
"If you're craving sweets, you're having a girl. If you're craving salt, you're having a boy." While it would be convenient if you could rely on your craving for chocolate as proof positive that there's a baby girl on the way, there's no hard evidence that cravings are linked to the gender of your baby. In fact, the jury's still out on whether cravings exist at all! So don't count on your cravings -- real or imagined -- to tell you whether to buy pink or blue.

6. Pendulum or circle swing
"If a wedding ring or needle suspended over your belly moves in a strong circular motion, you're having a girl. If it moves to and fro like a pendulum, you're having a boy."

This particular method of predicting the gender of your baby works much like a ouija board. Micro-muscle tremors over which you have no control cause the ring to move in a particular direction -- a sensation that can be spooky to say the least, but that doesn't tell you a thing about the gender of your baby.

7. The Chinese conception chart
"The Chinese conception chart can tell you if you're having a boy or a girl." The Chinese conception chart -- the brainchild of a 13th century scientist -- claims to be able to help you to predict the gender of the baby by linking your age and the month of conception to the gender of the baby. While it has a reputation for being highly accurate in China, it simply hasn't been able to stand up to the same scrutiny here in North America.

So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!

Their advice? If one of these "tests" convinces you to load up on pink frilly dresses, be sure to keep the receipt!
Taken from:http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... ys_sex.php
and from here:
http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... _sex_2.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Also here:
Boy or girl?

Am I having a boy? Am I having a girl? It's the age old question that realistically, only a scan from 20 weeks onwards can answer. Some people swear that the following 'old wives' tales came true for them, so why not read on for some of our fun ways to predict the gender of your baby. You never know....

Predicting a boy or girl?

More calories means a boy?

Scientists have recently conducted a study of 740 women and it does seem that the ones who consumed more calories went on to conceive boys. (54%). This could be explained by this providing a better environment for male sperm to live in.
Cravings

If pregnancy has left us desperate for salty crisps and ham sarnies, we're said to be carrying a boy. However, if we've developed a sudden sweet tooth and can't get enough of chocolate and lollies, we're apparently expecting a girl! Unsurprisingly, health professionals have dismissed cravings as having no relevance to gender and are simply the body's response to changing nutritional requirements during pregnancy. More on cravings in pregnancy
High or low? Front or back?

The way that we carry a baby is one the most popular methods of predicting the sex and you're likely to encounter plenty of people who'll give an accurate gender diagnosis based on the position of your bump. It's generally believed that if we're low and out front, it's a boy but if the bump is high and we're visibly pregnant from the back, we've got a girl. Again, scientists have put a damper on this belief, citing that the way we carry is a result of muscle tone and the position the baby has adapted in the uterus. Spoilsports!
Heartbeats

Next time you listen to your baby's heartbeat, make a note of the speed. According to old folklore, if it's under 140 beats per minute, it's a boy, anything above that? Definitely a girl! Your midwife may humour you if you choose to believe this one, but will probably feel it her duty to inform you that heart rates have no relevance until labour and birth when a girl's will generally beat faster than a boy's. Find out more about antenatal appointments
Pregnancy sickness

If we suffer from nausea and general sickness during the first twelve weeks, we're supposedly carrying a girl. But if that nasty sicky feeling strikes a little later, it's most definitely a boy. People also believe that the timing of our sickness is a clear indication of our baby's sex with boys making us sick in the morning and girls in the evening. Several studies have been carried out to find a link between sickness and gender, with no conclusive results. Hence, it's probably best to wait till baby arrives before splashing the nursery walls in pink or blue! More about morning sickness
Foetal Activity

Another fun belief is to monitor our baby's activity in the womb. If we have a particularly energetic tot, it's most likely to be a boy whereas a more chilled foetus indicates a girl. As good as this theory is, it's generally perceived that expectant mums detect their babies movements depending on their own daily activity. For example, a mum who spends the day at home with her feet up is likely to feel a lot more kicking and rolling around than one who's rushing about all day.
Your looks

It's not only our body shapes that change during pregnancy but our face and looks too. Some believe this is an indication of gender, with boys promoting shiny hair and rosy skin and girls causing dull hair and the odd pimple or two. However, experts would insist that outbreaks are merely a result of the various hormonal changes our bodies are undergoing and that women who usually suffer from spots are likely to have further outbreaks in pregnancy, irrelevant of their baby's sex. More about your body in pregnancy
Other gender prediction tales and beliefs

There are hundreds of other fun ways to predict the sex of your baby, originating from all over the globe. Some of the most common are:
The ring trick: Tie your ring to a piece of string and hold it gently over your bump. If it swings from side to side, you're having a boy but if it adapts a circular motion, it's a girl.
Your breasts: If your right breast looks bigger than the left, it's a boy - vice verse, it's a girl. If they're both the same size, then the myth is either complete nonsense or you're having one of each!
Chinese gender calculator: This is one of the most popular gender prediction tests and many women find it scarily accurate. It works by calculating your age at conception with the number of the month you conceived in. If the resulting number is odd, you can expect a boy, if the number is even - it's a girl.
Early gender tests: There are new home testing kits that claim to accurately predict your baby's gender by analysing the fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream. The mother takes a simple blood test and the results are sent off for analysis before being posted online within a few days.
Taken from: http://www.netmums.com/pregnancy/early- ... oy-or-girl" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So here is the question how did the aunt or the psychics known of the sex of the baby? It has two answers:

1. Answer:

According to a Slovak article there are some changes on the persons body but its not the womb which is important but the breasts of the woman who is pregnant - because one sex produces more hormones then the other:
Scientific journalist and writer Jena Pincott wrote during pregnancy own book, which seeks to exploit the latest medical expertise to once and replied to some of the greatest mysteries and misconceptions recent past and today. We find out there as well that the shape of the abdomen is not a factor that predicts the gender of the fetus. The truth is even more surprising.According shaped belly? No, it's about breasts!

Whether you wear the belly girl or boy can not predict the shape of the abdomen, but breasts! Women who wear girls generally have larger breasts than women who wear the belly boys. Volume bust, they increased on average by up to eight centimeters, while for mothers boy only about 6.3 centimeters. Why is that? Male fetuses produce more testosterone and require more energy from the mother, because they are usually larger than the fruits of feminine. These reasons may suppress the growth of breasts in the future moms.
This was translated by google translator. Here is the original text:
Vedecká novinárka a spisovateľka Jena Pincott napísala počas vlastného tehotenstva knihu, v ktorej sa snaží využiť najnovšie lekárske poznatky na to, aby raz a navždy odpovedala na niektoré z najväčších záhad a omylov nedávnej minulosti, i dneška. Dozvieme sa tam napríklad aj to, že tvar brucha nie je faktor, ktorý predpovedá pohlavie plodu. Pravda je ešte prekvapivejšia.
Podľa tvaru bruška? Nie, ide o prsia!

To, či nosíte v brušku dievčatko alebo chlapca dokáže predpovedať nie tvar brucha, ale prsníkov! Ženy, ktoré nosia dievčatká majú spravidla väčšie prsia ako ženy, ktoré nosia v brušku chlapcov. Objem poprsia sa im zväčší v priemere až o osem centimetrov, kým u mamičiek chlapčekov približne len o 6,3 centimetra. Čím to je? Plody mužského pohlavia produkujú viac testosterónu a vyžadujú od matky viac energie, pretože sú zvyčajne väčšie ako plody ženského rodu. Tieto dôvody môžu potlačiť rast prsníkov u budúcich mamičiek.
Or also the aunt could have known thanks to this:
Why some families are already born generations only boys and another are purely female? It's definitely not a coincidence, nor is it the fact that the stork is stuck and wears only boys. Gene that determines gender Dads wear their child. Researcher from the University of Newcastle - Corry Gellatly analyzed 927 family trees/lineages, involving a total of more than half a million people and that was dated to the time of Shakespeare.He came on strong statistical observation: For men who have brothers is more likely to have sons and men, who are sisters, are more likely to have daughters. This model works in males but not in females. For women it does not matter whether brothers or sisters. A woman is invariably the fetus passes chromosome X. The sex therefore decided men who sends either sperm chromosome X and there is a girl or a Y chromosome will be a boy.
Original text:
Prečo v niektorých rodinách sa už generácie rodia len chlapci a iné sú zase čisto ženské? Rozhodne to nie je náhoda, ani to nie je tým, že bocian sa zasekol a nosí len chlapcov. Gén, ktorý nosia oteckovia určuje pohlavie ich dieťaťa. Výskumník z univerzity v Newcastli – Corry Gellatly analyzoval 927 rodokmeňov, ktoré celkovo zahŕňali viac ako pol milióna ľudí a datovali sa až do doby Shakespeara.

Prišiel k výrazným štatistickým postrehom: U mužov, ktorí majú bratov je viac pravdepodobné, že budú mať synov a u mužov, ktorí majú sestry, je pravdepodobnejšie, že budú mať dcéry. Tento model funguje u mužov, ale u žien nie. V prípade žien je jedno, či má bratov alebo sestry. Žena totiž vždy plodu odovzdáva chromozóm X. O pohlaví teda rozhoduje muž, ktorí v spermiách pošle buď chromozóm X a vznikne dievčatko alebo chromozóm Y a bude to chlapec.
Taken from: http://najmama.aktuality.sk/clanok/2324 ... dla-chuti/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So if the aunt known about this tradition or the tradition of boys in the family of the brother it was easy to deduce this. Also the aunt had experience and I think could observe some details.

Or there is a second answer:

2.
So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!


Taken from: http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... _sex_2.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is the answer I have for the blog and the whole mystery thing about the pregnancy superstition..
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

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Shen1986 wrote:There are many rumors about pregnancy and some people claim they can predict the sex of the baby by old folklore like myths. Here is the rundown. For me it started after I read a blog article about a aunt that could predict the sex and looks of the baby child thanks to spirits:
Not my aunt, actually, but rather an aunt of my younger brother's first wife. She must have been a really interesting character, though I knew her only through my brother's recounting of his and his then-wife's brief stay with Dottie in Ackworth, Georgia many years ago.

Like a lot of rural southerners she was quite superstitious. My brother told me she was deeply into spiritualism and routinely consulted spirits. Any matter of concern or importance called for a session with her well used Ouija Board.

Consulting the spirits would have been easy for her because - according to her - the homestead was built on a haunted portion of an old Civil War battlefield. Lots of those around here, at least according to legend.

Most enjoyable is hearing my brother tell of the night he was shaken awake by a ghost dressed in a Confederate Uniform. Now my brother is a bit more religious in the traditional sense than I am, having retained a good portion of our Christian upbringing. I've never found him to be particularly superstitious, but hang around the creepy atmosphere Aunt Dottie's place provided and lots of strange things might seem to occur.

When my brother told her about his experience of being shaken awake by a Confederate Ghost and provided the young man's description, Dottie told him the soldier's name and little about conversations she had had with him over the years.

And Aunt Dottie did correctly predict the sex of my brother and his wife's baby early in the pregnancy, even providing what later proved to be a reasonably accurate description of what the baby would look like.
Taken from: http://dougsdribblings.blogspot.sk/2013 ... 4944560396" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I have a normal scientific explanation for the looks of the child:
Genetic similarities

How strong are these genetically transmitted similarities? Everyone has experience of this in their own families. All people know that family members reveal similarities in appearance. One nice website revealing this is that of the Cottrell family (click here for Cottrell family website). This is an example from one family, but what of others? Just examine these photographs:

These photographs reveal that genetic similarities are transmitted across generations.
Taken from: http://www.neardth.com/seeing-family-during-nde.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Therefore it was easy for her to deduce the looks of a person by just taking attention.

Now lets take us to the child birth prediction myths:

The myths are following ones:
True or False: You Can Predict Your Baby’s Gender by How You Carry the Pregnancy:

If you are pregnant and showing, chances are your friends, family, and even strangers are making guesses about whether you are having a girl or a boy. Some of them believe they are more than guessing; they feel they can determine the sex of your baby simply by looking at you. Women may also refer to their own pregnancies or pregnancies of their friends, and they insist the sex could be easily and accurately determined by how the baby was carried. Generally, people believe that if the baby is high in the womb, you are going to have a girl; if you are carrying low, it is a boy. But others insist that girls are carried low and boys high. Is either true? Not according to researchers, who say that predicting your baby’s sex by how you are carrying the pregnancy is probably no more reliable than flipping a coin. Evidence for the Health Claim Predicting gender by how the pregnancy is being carried can be traced back to old English folklore. According to the legend, women carried their daughters high and their sons low. The reason for this, according to the myth, is that boys tend to be more independent and stay low in the abdomen, while girls need more protection and are carried higher. But like many myths, this one has become blurred throughout the years. Many women insist the opposite—that girls tend to be carried lower and boys higher. Another variant of this classic myth is that if you carry the weight all out front (like a basketball), it will be a boy; if you carry it equally distributed, the baby will be a girl. Evidence Against the Health Claim Because the legend had lasted through the centuries, scientists set out to determine if there was any truth to this folklore. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted a study in which they assessed 104 pregnant women who did not know the sex of their babies. Their findings were published in an issue of Birth . The researchers found that the babies’ gender was not related to the shape of the woman’s abdomen, the severity of morning sickness, or comparisons with previous pregnancies—all common beliefs used to determine the baby’s sex. But interestingly, women with more than 12 years of education correctly predicted the sex of their babies 71% of the time, compared to 43% of the time for less educated women. And the women whose predictions were based on psychological criteria, such as dreams or feelings, were significantly more likely to be correct than those who based their predictions on how they were carrying the baby. If not the sex of the baby, what does determine how a woman will carry her pregnancy? It depends on a number of factors and will likely be different from pregnancy to pregnancy. The position of the baby, the size and shape of the uterus, and the strength of the abdominal muscles (they tend to lose strength in subsequent pregnancies) can all determine if a pregnancy will be carried, high, low, out front, or all over. Conclusion If you want to guess the sex of your baby, using old wives tales and folklore can be fun. Popular beliefs are that babies who are carried low, who have slower heartbeats, and whose mothers are spared from morning sickness are boys. On the other hand, if you’re craving sweets, have soft skin, and are moody most of the time, folklore says it might just be a girl. But since none of these myths have found scientific support, if you’re looking to plan ahead and deck out your nursery in gender-specific baby gear, you may want to turn to more reliable methods for determining your baby’s gender: ultrasound or amniocentesis . Keep in mind, though, that ultrasound is not 100% accurate, and about 10% of the time the ultrasound technician may not be able to determine the sex for one reason or another (eg, the baby’s position). Also, amniocentesis poses certain risks to your baby, which is why it is usually performed only in higher risk pregnancies.
Taken from: http://www.winchesterhospital.org/healt ... ?id=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
or also here http://www.beliefnet.com/healthandheali ... cid=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It was written by the author Krisha McCoy.

This is a myth that it is based in the wombs position. This is a myth. Here are others:

Chinese gender charts

Legend says that the Chinese gender charts are over 700 years old and over 90% correct if used correctly. The gender of your baby is predicted based on the month of conception and the mother's birthday - both expressed as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. 90% correct seems like a big claim but anecdotally, many mothers who have used these charts during pregnancy enthusiastically swear by their accuracy.
Baby's heart rate

This gender prediction theory says that girls and boys have different heart rates in the womb - a baby with a heart beat under 140 beats a minute is a boy, and a baby with 140 or over beats a minute is a girl. An easy method to divine the sex of your baby, but one that sadly lacks any scientific evidence. In fact, a study has proven conclusively that there is no correlation between the gender of your baby and its heart rate.
Wedding ring test

This test involves threading a wedding ring onto a thread or piece of hair. Hold the dangling ring over the pregnant belly of mum-to-be while she is lying down. If the ring swings back and forth like a pendulum, she is carrying a boy. If the ring swings in a strong circular motion, she is carrying a girl. No hard science supports this test beyond wishful thinking!
Draino gender test

Although this test has been around forever, it is NOT recommended that pregnant women do it because of the toxic fumes that result (and the environment doesn't love it either). The test involves combining crystal Draino with a small amount of the mum-to-be's urine in a jar. There will be a chemical reaction immediately. If the mixture turns a dark brown, you are expecting a boy. If the mixture doesn't change colour, you are expecting a girl.
Carrying high or carrying low

Some people believe they can tell what you are having by simply looking at your belly. Where you are carrying your baby is meant to tell whether it's a boy or girl you are carrying. High, and it's a girl; low and it's a boy. Sadly for believers of this theory, where you carry your baby has a lot more to do with your build, your weight and your baby's position.
Morning sickness

Apparently, morning sickness is meant to be worse when you are expecting a girl. The 'science' to back up this theory is that when you are pregnant with a girl, your body is flooded with extra girl hormones which make you feel extra sick as your body adjusts to them.
Baby weight

Another gender prediction theory that can be conducted by simply looking at a pregnant woman, this one rests on the idea that when you are pregnant with a girl, you hold your extra baby weight on your bum and hips (something to do with these being the parts of the body being where women usually stack on the weight). If, however, you're pregnant with a boy, all your extra baby weight will be at the front on your belly.
Guessing competition

When there are only two possible outcomes of any gender prediction test - boy or girl - simply taking a guess seems like a reasonable thing to do. After all, that still gives you a 50% chance of being correct. However, a study that asked pregnant women to predict the sex of their own baby showed that mums-to-be have a success rate far better than 50%! In fact, they correctly predicted the sex of their baby 71% of the time.
Amniocentesis and CVS

Amnio and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) are two tests that may be performed during pregnancy if your baby is considered at high risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Both these tests give a 99% accurate determination of your baby's gender, however, these tests are never done to determine sex alone as they are both invasive procedures and carry with them a risk of miscarriage.
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Curious about the gender of the tiny tenant who's been subletting your uterus for the past nine months? You're not alone.

Since the beginning of time, expectant parents have tried to guess whether the baby they are carrying is a boy or a girl. Here's the scoop on seven of the most prevalent myths about predicting the gender of your baby.

1. Heartrate
"A heartrate of less than 140 beats per minute means that you're having a boy while a heartrate of over 140 beats per minute means that you're having a girl."

Although this particular myth has been kicking around for decades, there's only one study on the books that supports it: a 1993 study at the University of Kentucky that concluded that the fetal heartbeat could be used to correctly predict the gender of 91% of male fetuses and 74% of female fetuses.

Every other study conducted before or since has reached the exact opposite conclusion -- that the fetal heart-rate can't be used to predict the gender of your baby.

2. The shape of your belly
"If you're carrying your baby high, it's a girl. If you're carrying your baby low, it's a boy." If you've managed to get through nine months of pregnancy without having someone predict the gender of your baby based on the shape of your belly, count your blessings!

Many people still lend credence to a rather sexist bit of English folk wisdom that states that boys are carried down low and out front because they need greater independence while girls are carried up high and across their mother's body because they need greater protection -- the origin of this particular gender prediction myth.

3. Morning sickness
"If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, you're having a girl." Theories such as this one have been tossed around for years, but a recent study added more fuel to the fire.

Swedish researchers discovered that 56% of women hospitalized with severe morning sickness ended up giving birth to baby girls. Even if there is something to this study -- something that's led to more than a few heated arguments among obstetricians -- the findings aren't exactly definitive.

At best, you can conclude that you may have a slightly higher-than-average chance of having a baby girl if you're feeling exceptionally crummy. It's up to you whether you want to paint the nursery pink on that basis!

4. The baby is active
"If the baby is very active, you're having a boy." Here's yet another theory based on some rather sexist assumptions: males are boisterous while females are placid.

What this theory fails to take into account, however, is the fact that the amount of fetal activity that the mother feels is largely a matter of perception. If she's running around at breakneck speed all day, she may fail to pick up on the movements of all but the most energetic of fetal kickboxers!

5. Cravings
"If you're craving sweets, you're having a girl. If you're craving salt, you're having a boy." While it would be convenient if you could rely on your craving for chocolate as proof positive that there's a baby girl on the way, there's no hard evidence that cravings are linked to the gender of your baby. In fact, the jury's still out on whether cravings exist at all! So don't count on your cravings -- real or imagined -- to tell you whether to buy pink or blue.

6. Pendulum or circle swing
"If a wedding ring or needle suspended over your belly moves in a strong circular motion, you're having a girl. If it moves to and fro like a pendulum, you're having a boy."

This particular method of predicting the gender of your baby works much like a ouija board. Micro-muscle tremors over which you have no control cause the ring to move in a particular direction -- a sensation that can be spooky to say the least, but that doesn't tell you a thing about the gender of your baby.

7. The Chinese conception chart
"The Chinese conception chart can tell you if you're having a boy or a girl." The Chinese conception chart -- the brainchild of a 13th century scientist -- claims to be able to help you to predict the gender of the baby by linking your age and the month of conception to the gender of the baby. While it has a reputation for being highly accurate in China, it simply hasn't been able to stand up to the same scrutiny here in North America.

So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!

Their advice? If one of these "tests" convinces you to load up on pink frilly dresses, be sure to keep the receipt!
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Boy or girl?

Am I having a boy? Am I having a girl? It's the age old question that realistically, only a scan from 20 weeks onwards can answer. Some people swear that the following 'old wives' tales came true for them, so why not read on for some of our fun ways to predict the gender of your baby. You never know....

Predicting a boy or girl?

More calories means a boy?

Scientists have recently conducted a study of 740 women and it does seem that the ones who consumed more calories went on to conceive boys. (54%). This could be explained by this providing a better environment for male sperm to live in.
Cravings

If pregnancy has left us desperate for salty crisps and ham sarnies, we're said to be carrying a boy. However, if we've developed a sudden sweet tooth and can't get enough of chocolate and lollies, we're apparently expecting a girl! Unsurprisingly, health professionals have dismissed cravings as having no relevance to gender and are simply the body's response to changing nutritional requirements during pregnancy. More on cravings in pregnancy
High or low? Front or back?

The way that we carry a baby is one the most popular methods of predicting the sex and you're likely to encounter plenty of people who'll give an accurate gender diagnosis based on the position of your bump. It's generally believed that if we're low and out front, it's a boy but if the bump is high and we're visibly pregnant from the back, we've got a girl. Again, scientists have put a damper on this belief, citing that the way we carry is a result of muscle tone and the position the baby has adapted in the uterus. Spoilsports!
Heartbeats

Next time you listen to your baby's heartbeat, make a note of the speed. According to old folklore, if it's under 140 beats per minute, it's a boy, anything above that? Definitely a girl! Your midwife may humour you if you choose to believe this one, but will probably feel it her duty to inform you that heart rates have no relevance until labour and birth when a girl's will generally beat faster than a boy's. Find out more about antenatal appointments
Pregnancy sickness

If we suffer from nausea and general sickness during the first twelve weeks, we're supposedly carrying a girl. But if that nasty sicky feeling strikes a little later, it's most definitely a boy. People also believe that the timing of our sickness is a clear indication of our baby's sex with boys making us sick in the morning and girls in the evening. Several studies have been carried out to find a link between sickness and gender, with no conclusive results. Hence, it's probably best to wait till baby arrives before splashing the nursery walls in pink or blue! More about morning sickness
Foetal Activity

Another fun belief is to monitor our baby's activity in the womb. If we have a particularly energetic tot, it's most likely to be a boy whereas a more chilled foetus indicates a girl. As good as this theory is, it's generally perceived that expectant mums detect their babies movements depending on their own daily activity. For example, a mum who spends the day at home with her feet up is likely to feel a lot more kicking and rolling around than one who's rushing about all day.
Your looks

It's not only our body shapes that change during pregnancy but our face and looks too. Some believe this is an indication of gender, with boys promoting shiny hair and rosy skin and girls causing dull hair and the odd pimple or two. However, experts would insist that outbreaks are merely a result of the various hormonal changes our bodies are undergoing and that women who usually suffer from spots are likely to have further outbreaks in pregnancy, irrelevant of their baby's sex. More about your body in pregnancy
Other gender prediction tales and beliefs

There are hundreds of other fun ways to predict the sex of your baby, originating from all over the globe. Some of the most common are:
The ring trick: Tie your ring to a piece of string and hold it gently over your bump. If it swings from side to side, you're having a boy but if it adapts a circular motion, it's a girl.
Your breasts: If your right breast looks bigger than the left, it's a boy - vice verse, it's a girl. If they're both the same size, then the myth is either complete nonsense or you're having one of each!
Chinese gender calculator: This is one of the most popular gender prediction tests and many women find it scarily accurate. It works by calculating your age at conception with the number of the month you conceived in. If the resulting number is odd, you can expect a boy, if the number is even - it's a girl.
Early gender tests: There are new home testing kits that claim to accurately predict your baby's gender by analysing the fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream. The mother takes a simple blood test and the results are sent off for analysis before being posted online within a few days.
Taken from: http://www.netmums.com/pregnancy/early- ... oy-or-girl" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So here is the question how did the aunt or the psychics known of the sex of the baby? It has two answers:

1. Answer:

According to a Slovak article there are some changes on the persons body but its not the womb which is important but the breasts of the woman who is pregnant - because one sex produces more hormones then the other:
Scientific journalist and writer Jena Pincott wrote during pregnancy own book, which seeks to exploit the latest medical expertise to once and replied to some of the greatest mysteries and misconceptions recent past and today. We find out there as well that the shape of the abdomen is not a factor that predicts the gender of the fetus. The truth is even more surprising.According shaped belly? No, it's about breasts!

Whether you wear the belly girl or boy can not predict the shape of the abdomen, but breasts! Women who wear girls generally have larger breasts than women who wear the belly boys. Volume bust, they increased on average by up to eight centimeters, while for mothers boy only about 6.3 centimeters. Why is that? Male fetuses produce more testosterone and require more energy from the mother, because they are usually larger than the fruits of feminine. These reasons may suppress the growth of breasts in the future moms.
This was translated by google translator. Here is the original text:
Vedecká novinárka a spisovateľka Jena Pincott napísala počas vlastného tehotenstva knihu, v ktorej sa snaží využiť najnovšie lekárske poznatky na to, aby raz a navždy odpovedala na niektoré z najväčších záhad a omylov nedávnej minulosti, i dneška. Dozvieme sa tam napríklad aj to, že tvar brucha nie je faktor, ktorý predpovedá pohlavie plodu. Pravda je ešte prekvapivejšia.
Podľa tvaru bruška? Nie, ide o prsia!

To, či nosíte v brušku dievčatko alebo chlapca dokáže predpovedať nie tvar brucha, ale prsníkov! Ženy, ktoré nosia dievčatká majú spravidla väčšie prsia ako ženy, ktoré nosia v brušku chlapcov. Objem poprsia sa im zväčší v priemere až o osem centimetrov, kým u mamičiek chlapčekov približne len o 6,3 centimetra. Čím to je? Plody mužského pohlavia produkujú viac testosterónu a vyžadujú od matky viac energie, pretože sú zvyčajne väčšie ako plody ženského rodu. Tieto dôvody môžu potlačiť rast prsníkov u budúcich mamičiek.
Or also the aunt could have known thanks to this:
Why some families are already born generations only boys and another are purely female? It's definitely not a coincidence, nor is it the fact that the stork is stuck and wears only boys. Gene that determines gender Dads wear their child. Researcher from the University of Newcastle - Corry Gellatly analyzed 927 family trees/lineages, involving a total of more than half a million people and that was dated to the time of Shakespeare.He came on strong statistical observation: For men who have brothers is more likely to have sons and men, who are sisters, are more likely to have daughters. This model works in males but not in females. For women it does not matter whether brothers or sisters. A woman is invariably the fetus passes chromosome X. The sex therefore decided men who sends either sperm chromosome X and there is a girl or a Y chromosome will be a boy.
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Prečo v niektorých rodinách sa už generácie rodia len chlapci a iné sú zase čisto ženské? Rozhodne to nie je náhoda, ani to nie je tým, že bocian sa zasekol a nosí len chlapcov. Gén, ktorý nosia oteckovia určuje pohlavie ich dieťaťa. Výskumník z univerzity v Newcastli – Corry Gellatly analyzoval 927 rodokmeňov, ktoré celkovo zahŕňali viac ako pol milióna ľudí a datovali sa až do doby Shakespeara.

Prišiel k výrazným štatistickým postrehom: U mužov, ktorí majú bratov je viac pravdepodobné, že budú mať synov a u mužov, ktorí majú sestry, je pravdepodobnejšie, že budú mať dcéry. Tento model funguje u mužov, ale u žien nie. V prípade žien je jedno, či má bratov alebo sestry. Žena totiž vždy plodu odovzdáva chromozóm X. O pohlaví teda rozhoduje muž, ktorí v spermiách pošle buď chromozóm X a vznikne dievčatko alebo chromozóm Y a bude to chlapec.
Taken from: http://najmama.aktuality.sk/clanok/2324 ... dla-chuti/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So if the aunt known about this tradition or the tradition of boys in the family of the brother it was easy to deduce this. Also the aunt had experience and I think could observe some details.

Or there is a second answer:

2.
So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!


Taken from: http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... _sex_2.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is the answer I have for the blog and the whole mystery thing about the pregnancy superstition..
Strange that Obstetricians are frequently consulted - When there's such a lot of ways to tell by just looking at the shape of the bump or whatever.

In fact, it's even stranger that people want to know at all. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Who cares, that nursery's getting a coat of lime-green paint anyway...
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Babies shouldn't be having sex until after they're born, anyway. It's incest.
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octopus1 wrote:In fact, it's even stranger that people want to know at all. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Who cares, that nursery's getting a coat of lime-green paint anyway...
Lead-based, to boot.

But I get where you're coming from. I wanted the surprise and didn't care either way, so long as they had ten fingers and ten toes, and everything else in the right places and proportions. And I probably would have loved them just as much were it not quite so.

I suppose it's just an age-old game people like to play in the excitement of anticipation. It's completely harmless.

The harmful part only comes to bear in societies that value one gender over another, and will abort, abandon, or kill an "undesirable" gendered baby.
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Strange that Obstetricians are frequently consulted - When there's such a lot of ways to tell by just looking at the shape of the bump or whatever.
True but most the these ancient techniques were debunked. The only one that is supported by some facts is the change of the breasts of the woman during pregnancy. It seems that the aunt had only a lucky guess which came true therefore the 2nd answer is likely the true one..
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Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:35 am

Major Malfunction wrote:
octopus1 wrote:In fact, it's even stranger that people want to know at all. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Who cares, that nursery's getting a coat of lime-green paint anyway...
Lead-based, to boot.

But I get where you're coming from. I wanted the surprise and didn't care either way, so long as they had ten fingers and ten toes, and everything else in the right places and proportions. And I probably would have loved them just as much were it not quite so.

I suppose it's just an age-old game people like to play in the excitement of anticipation. It's completely harmless.

The harmful part only comes to bear in societies that value one gender over another, and will abort, abandon, or kill an "undesirable" gendered baby.
That's a serious problem. I believe that in certain parts of India, where girls are (supposedly) less "valuable" than boys, it's illegal to discover the gender before birth. I can see that it's well meaning, but then when a girl is born - She'll either make the parents re-think their opinions, or be "thrown in the trash", where she could be found by a kindly person, but could equally be found by someone... else....

It is also apparently a problem in China. I watched a news clip (long time ago) about the absurd situation in some rural villages, where there were classrooms with, say, 25 boys and only 1 girl. It doesn't matter when they're little, but they'll grow up and they'll start to want to find a partner. If they're homosexual, again it doesn't necessarily matter, but if they're heterosexual - Well they'd better get that girl quick, or spend their lives alone, because there's only one of her!

Attitudes need to change. I fully understand why a heavily populated nation such as China, with environmental concerns, would want to keep hold of the "One Child" policy. But does the child always have to be a boy? Yes. If you're an indigent villager who would lose everything to a "dowry". No. If the overall tendency to provide such a dowry became unpopular and phased out.
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50-50 chance eh?

Reasonable odds.
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kennyc wrote:50-50 chance eh?

Reasonable odds.
51-49.

Replacement rate is slightly higher for males, since they tend to have a higher mortality rate. At the end of the day, the population tends towards 49% male, 51% female.
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Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:47 am

kennyc wrote:50-50 chance eh?

Reasonable odds.
There was a paint commercial in the UK a while ago. The father has lovingly decorated the baby's room in blue, then he's called to the hospital and finds that he's actually got a clutch of girls.

He then, in the long tradition of sickly advertizing, re-paints the room pink.

Here's a tip for all you expectant parents - The baby is likely to remain in hospital longer than it can take you to decorate a small room in stereotypical colors. So keep it empty and unfurnished until you know what you've got, and what you'd like them to experience!
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You don't want to stick a newly born baby in a room full of the toxic solvent out-gassings of fresh paint. Give it at least a month of good ventilation.
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Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:58 am

Major Malfunction wrote:You don't want to stick a newly born baby in a room full of the toxic solvent out-gassings of fresh paint. Give it at least a month of good ventilation.
Good point :? :lol:

A neutral pastel color would be best, if you need to paint ahead of time. Muted green perhaps. That would work whatever they've got in their diaper!
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Major Malfunction wrote:
kennyc wrote:50-50 chance eh?

Reasonable odds.
51-49.

Replacement rate is slightly higher for males, since they tend to have a higher mortality rate. At the end of the day, the population tends towards 49% male, 51% female.

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Post by Martin Brock » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:34 pm

The odds of guessing the sex of a child correctly twice in a row are close enough to 1 out of 4, not the sort of thing that Randi pays a million bucks to see.

I once correctly "predicted" the outcome of a coin toss in nine out of ten tosses. When it happened, the guy tossing the coin grew more and more convinced that I had some precognitive ability, though I was trying to prove the opposite. He believed in such things before tossing the coin, and I didn't.

Nine out of ten correct guesses of a coin toss seems remarkable as it happens, but the odds are only about 1 out of 100. Practically everyone experiences an event with this sort of probability on a daily basis. The illusion of precognition is the result of ignoring hundreds of prosaic events and focusing selectively on these "unlikely" events.
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Major Malfunction wrote:Replacement rate is slightly higher for males, since they tend to have a higher mortality rate. At the end of the day, the population tends towards 49% male, 51% female.
That's true across all age groups. Among the elderly, women outnumber men by a wide margin. By age 85, the ratio is about two to one. Even at 65, women outnumber men in the U.S. by about a million.
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Post by Major Malfunction » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:48 pm

Probability math isn't quite so simple.

I've done it up to 35 times. The chances are billions to one. But I was flipping the coin, and had perfected the technique. It was a good pub trick for a free beer.
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The simple math assumes a fair coin toss. A practiced tosser can bias the outcome.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Monster » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:55 pm

What's the big deal about predicting babies' sexes before birth? You just look at the pregnant woman's belly in her late months. If she has what looks like a basketball in her gut, it's likely to be a boy. If the pregnant belly isn't round and ball like, and it's just giant, then it's likely to be a girl.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Martin Brock » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:56 pm

I also believe that outward signs of pregnancy can indicate gender.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Major Malfunction » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:35 pm

But the quoted studies show that the outward signs don't help at all. Still the roughly fifty-fifty guess.

What's interesting is that educated women can guess the gender of their baby 75%, and uneducated women guess 40%.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by fromthehills » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:47 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:Probability math isn't quite so simple.

I've done it up to 35 times. The chances are billions to one. But I was flipping the coin, and had perfected the technique. It was a good pub trick for a free beer.

Yeah, I can do it, too.

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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Martin Brock » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:47 pm

One of the quoted studies suggests that the increase in a pregnant woman's breast size significantly signals the baby's gender, and people are good at recognizing subtle patterns of this sort, even when they aren't consciously aware of the pattern they're recognizing. On the other hand, chance alone accounts for the "predictions" we're discussing here, so nothing more substantial is implied.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Shen1986 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:58 pm

Monster wrote:What's the big deal about predicting babies' sexes before birth? You just look at the pregnant woman's belly in her late months. If she has what looks like a basketball in her gut, it's likely to be a boy. If the pregnant belly isn't round and ball like, and it's just giant, then it's likely to be a girl.
This was in one study I quoted that its not true:
Many women insist the opposite—that girls tend to be carried lower and boys higher. Another variant of this classic myth is that if you carry the weight all out front (like a basketball), it will be a boy; if you carry it equally distributed, the baby will be a girl. Evidence Against the Health Claim Because the legend had lasted through the centuries, scientists set out to determine if there was any truth to this folklore. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted a study in which they assessed 104 pregnant women who did not know the sex of their babies. Their findings were published in an issue of Birth . The researchers found that the babies’ gender was not related to the shape of the woman’s abdomen, the severity of morning sickness, or comparisons with previous pregnancies—all common beliefs used to determine the baby’s sex.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Major Malfunction » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:21 pm

fromthehills wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:I've done it up to 35 times. The chances are billions to one. But I was flipping the coin, and had perfected the technique. It was a good pub trick for a free beer.
Yeah, I can do it, too.
We should have a flip-off some day if we're ever in the neighbourhood. First to fumble buys first round.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Austin Harper » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:32 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:
fromthehills wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:I've done it up to 35 times. The chances are billions to one. But I was flipping the coin, and had perfected the technique. It was a good pub trick for a free beer.
Yeah, I can do it, too.
We should have a flip-off some day if we're ever in the neighbourhood. First to fumble buys first round.
You guys have fun. I'll just buy myself beers while you're competing.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by fromthehills » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:56 pm

Major Malfunction wrote:
fromthehills wrote:
Major Malfunction wrote:I've done it up to 35 times. The chances are billions to one. But I was flipping the coin, and had perfected the technique. It was a good pub trick for a free beer.
Yeah, I can do it, too.
We should have a flip-off some day if we're ever in the neighbourhood. First to fumble buys first round.

Sounds good to me, except for the "first round" part. That should be well underway before the flip off.

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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by kennyc » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:58 pm

It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Austin Harper » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:01 pm

Or just paint your room whatever color you like and don't worry about the sex of your baby.
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by kennyc » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:35 pm

kennyc wrote:It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...

Ha! Right again!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/peop ... d/2416235/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:lol: 8-) 8-) :lol:
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:51 pm

kennyc wrote:It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...
There are people who want it to be a girl, because then the new legislation allowing automatic female accession will actually mean something.

There are others who hope it's a boy, because that's all nice and traditional.

Oh well. All we can be sure of is that a baby will emerge from the hospital. And that it won't be quite so inbred as previous broods...

(Oh God, if it looks anything like the "Prince of Wales" I'll punch a dragon :twisted: )
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:54 pm

kennyc wrote:
kennyc wrote:It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...

Ha! Right again!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/peop ... d/2416235/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:lol: 8-) 8-) :lol:
I am amazed by your predictive skills. It could've been anything! But you said "boy" and that's what it is :shock:

Well... It could've been one of only two things... ;)

But still... :shock:
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by kennyc » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:55 pm

octopus1 wrote:
kennyc wrote:
kennyc wrote:It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...

Ha! Right again!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/peop ... d/2416235/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:lol: 8-) 8-) :lol:
I am amazed by your predictive skills. It could've been anything! But you said "boy" and that's what it is :shock:

Well... It could've been one of only two things... ;)

But still... :shock:

I'm Psychic!!! I'm gonna go on TV and write a book and make a fortune!

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:00 pm

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Shen1986 wrote:There are many rumors about pregnancy and some people claim they can predict the sex of the baby by old folklore like myths. Here is the rundown. For me it started after I read a blog article about a aunt that could predict the sex and looks of the baby child thanks to spirits:
Not my aunt, actually, but rather an aunt of my younger brother's first wife. She must have been a really interesting character, though I knew her only through my brother's recounting of his and his then-wife's brief stay with Dottie in Ackworth, Georgia many years ago.

Like a lot of rural southerners she was quite superstitious. My brother told me she was deeply into spiritualism and routinely consulted spirits. Any matter of concern or importance called for a session with her well used Ouija Board.

Consulting the spirits would have been easy for her because - according to her - the homestead was built on a haunted portion of an old Civil War battlefield. Lots of those around here, at least according to legend.

Most enjoyable is hearing my brother tell of the night he was shaken awake by a ghost dressed in a Confederate Uniform. Now my brother is a bit more religious in the traditional sense than I am, having retained a good portion of our Christian upbringing. I've never found him to be particularly superstitious, but hang around the creepy atmosphere Aunt Dottie's place provided and lots of strange things might seem to occur.

When my brother told her about his experience of being shaken awake by a Confederate Ghost and provided the young man's description, Dottie told him the soldier's name and little about conversations she had had with him over the years.

And Aunt Dottie did correctly predict the sex of my brother and his wife's baby early in the pregnancy, even providing what later proved to be a reasonably accurate description of what the baby would look like.
Taken from: http://dougsdribblings.blogspot.sk/2013 ... 4944560396" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I have a normal scientific explanation for the looks of the child:
Genetic similarities

How strong are these genetically transmitted similarities? Everyone has experience of this in their own families. All people know that family members reveal similarities in appearance. One nice website revealing this is that of the Cottrell family (click here for Cottrell family website). This is an example from one family, but what of others? Just examine these photographs:

These photographs reveal that genetic similarities are transmitted across generations.
Taken from: http://www.neardth.com/seeing-family-during-nde.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Therefore it was easy for her to deduce the looks of a person by just taking attention.

Now lets take us to the child birth prediction myths:

The myths are following ones:
True or False: You Can Predict Your Baby’s Gender by How You Carry the Pregnancy:

If you are pregnant and showing, chances are your friends, family, and even strangers are making guesses about whether you are having a girl or a boy. Some of them believe they are more than guessing; they feel they can determine the sex of your baby simply by looking at you. Women may also refer to their own pregnancies or pregnancies of their friends, and they insist the sex could be easily and accurately determined by how the baby was carried. Generally, people believe that if the baby is high in the womb, you are going to have a girl; if you are carrying low, it is a boy. But others insist that girls are carried low and boys high. Is either true? Not according to researchers, who say that predicting your baby’s sex by how you are carrying the pregnancy is probably no more reliable than flipping a coin. Evidence for the Health Claim Predicting gender by how the pregnancy is being carried can be traced back to old English folklore. According to the legend, women carried their daughters high and their sons low. The reason for this, according to the myth, is that boys tend to be more independent and stay low in the abdomen, while girls need more protection and are carried higher. But like many myths, this one has become blurred throughout the years. Many women insist the opposite—that girls tend to be carried lower and boys higher. Another variant of this classic myth is that if you carry the weight all out front (like a basketball), it will be a boy; if you carry it equally distributed, the baby will be a girl. Evidence Against the Health Claim Because the legend had lasted through the centuries, scientists set out to determine if there was any truth to this folklore. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University conducted a study in which they assessed 104 pregnant women who did not know the sex of their babies. Their findings were published in an issue of Birth . The researchers found that the babies’ gender was not related to the shape of the woman’s abdomen, the severity of morning sickness, or comparisons with previous pregnancies—all common beliefs used to determine the baby’s sex. But interestingly, women with more than 12 years of education correctly predicted the sex of their babies 71% of the time, compared to 43% of the time for less educated women. And the women whose predictions were based on psychological criteria, such as dreams or feelings, were significantly more likely to be correct than those who based their predictions on how they were carrying the baby. If not the sex of the baby, what does determine how a woman will carry her pregnancy? It depends on a number of factors and will likely be different from pregnancy to pregnancy. The position of the baby, the size and shape of the uterus, and the strength of the abdominal muscles (they tend to lose strength in subsequent pregnancies) can all determine if a pregnancy will be carried, high, low, out front, or all over. Conclusion If you want to guess the sex of your baby, using old wives tales and folklore can be fun. Popular beliefs are that babies who are carried low, who have slower heartbeats, and whose mothers are spared from morning sickness are boys. On the other hand, if you’re craving sweets, have soft skin, and are moody most of the time, folklore says it might just be a girl. But since none of these myths have found scientific support, if you’re looking to plan ahead and deck out your nursery in gender-specific baby gear, you may want to turn to more reliable methods for determining your baby’s gender: ultrasound or amniocentesis . Keep in mind, though, that ultrasound is not 100% accurate, and about 10% of the time the ultrasound technician may not be able to determine the sex for one reason or another (eg, the baby’s position). Also, amniocentesis poses certain risks to your baby, which is why it is usually performed only in higher risk pregnancies.
Taken from: http://www.winchesterhospital.org/healt ... ?id=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
or also here http://www.beliefnet.com/healthandheali ... cid=156969" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

It was written by the author Krisha McCoy.

This is a myth that it is based in the wombs position. This is a myth. Here are others:

Chinese gender charts

Legend says that the Chinese gender charts are over 700 years old and over 90% correct if used correctly. The gender of your baby is predicted based on the month of conception and the mother's birthday - both expressed as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. 90% correct seems like a big claim but anecdotally, many mothers who have used these charts during pregnancy enthusiastically swear by their accuracy.
Baby's heart rate

This gender prediction theory says that girls and boys have different heart rates in the womb - a baby with a heart beat under 140 beats a minute is a boy, and a baby with 140 or over beats a minute is a girl. An easy method to divine the sex of your baby, but one that sadly lacks any scientific evidence. In fact, a study has proven conclusively that there is no correlation between the gender of your baby and its heart rate.
Wedding ring test

This test involves threading a wedding ring onto a thread or piece of hair. Hold the dangling ring over the pregnant belly of mum-to-be while she is lying down. If the ring swings back and forth like a pendulum, she is carrying a boy. If the ring swings in a strong circular motion, she is carrying a girl. No hard science supports this test beyond wishful thinking!
Draino gender test

Although this test has been around forever, it is NOT recommended that pregnant women do it because of the toxic fumes that result (and the environment doesn't love it either). The test involves combining crystal Draino with a small amount of the mum-to-be's urine in a jar. There will be a chemical reaction immediately. If the mixture turns a dark brown, you are expecting a boy. If the mixture doesn't change colour, you are expecting a girl.
Carrying high or carrying low

Some people believe they can tell what you are having by simply looking at your belly. Where you are carrying your baby is meant to tell whether it's a boy or girl you are carrying. High, and it's a girl; low and it's a boy. Sadly for believers of this theory, where you carry your baby has a lot more to do with your build, your weight and your baby's position.
Morning sickness

Apparently, morning sickness is meant to be worse when you are expecting a girl. The 'science' to back up this theory is that when you are pregnant with a girl, your body is flooded with extra girl hormones which make you feel extra sick as your body adjusts to them.
Baby weight

Another gender prediction theory that can be conducted by simply looking at a pregnant woman, this one rests on the idea that when you are pregnant with a girl, you hold your extra baby weight on your bum and hips (something to do with these being the parts of the body being where women usually stack on the weight). If, however, you're pregnant with a boy, all your extra baby weight will be at the front on your belly.
Guessing competition

When there are only two possible outcomes of any gender prediction test - boy or girl - simply taking a guess seems like a reasonable thing to do. After all, that still gives you a 50% chance of being correct. However, a study that asked pregnant women to predict the sex of their own baby showed that mums-to-be have a success rate far better than 50%! In fact, they correctly predicted the sex of their baby 71% of the time.
Amniocentesis and CVS

Amnio and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) are two tests that may be performed during pregnancy if your baby is considered at high risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Both these tests give a 99% accurate determination of your baby's gender, however, these tests are never done to determine sex alone as they are both invasive procedures and carry with them a risk of miscarriage.
This article was written by Ella Walsh for Birth, Australia's best pregnancy, labour and birth resource.
Taken from: http://www.birth.com.au/Pregnancy/Pregn ... baby-s-sex" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Care to know?
Curious about the gender of the tiny tenant who's been subletting your uterus for the past nine months? You're not alone.

Since the beginning of time, expectant parents have tried to guess whether the baby they are carrying is a boy or a girl. Here's the scoop on seven of the most prevalent myths about predicting the gender of your baby.

1. Heartrate
"A heartrate of less than 140 beats per minute means that you're having a boy while a heartrate of over 140 beats per minute means that you're having a girl."

Although this particular myth has been kicking around for decades, there's only one study on the books that supports it: a 1993 study at the University of Kentucky that concluded that the fetal heartbeat could be used to correctly predict the gender of 91% of male fetuses and 74% of female fetuses.

Every other study conducted before or since has reached the exact opposite conclusion -- that the fetal heart-rate can't be used to predict the gender of your baby.

2. The shape of your belly
"If you're carrying your baby high, it's a girl. If you're carrying your baby low, it's a boy." If you've managed to get through nine months of pregnancy without having someone predict the gender of your baby based on the shape of your belly, count your blessings!

Many people still lend credence to a rather sexist bit of English folk wisdom that states that boys are carried down low and out front because they need greater independence while girls are carried up high and across their mother's body because they need greater protection -- the origin of this particular gender prediction myth.

3. Morning sickness
"If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, you're having a girl." Theories such as this one have been tossed around for years, but a recent study added more fuel to the fire.

Swedish researchers discovered that 56% of women hospitalized with severe morning sickness ended up giving birth to baby girls. Even if there is something to this study -- something that's led to more than a few heated arguments among obstetricians -- the findings aren't exactly definitive.

At best, you can conclude that you may have a slightly higher-than-average chance of having a baby girl if you're feeling exceptionally crummy. It's up to you whether you want to paint the nursery pink on that basis!

4. The baby is active
"If the baby is very active, you're having a boy." Here's yet another theory based on some rather sexist assumptions: males are boisterous while females are placid.

What this theory fails to take into account, however, is the fact that the amount of fetal activity that the mother feels is largely a matter of perception. If she's running around at breakneck speed all day, she may fail to pick up on the movements of all but the most energetic of fetal kickboxers!

5. Cravings
"If you're craving sweets, you're having a girl. If you're craving salt, you're having a boy." While it would be convenient if you could rely on your craving for chocolate as proof positive that there's a baby girl on the way, there's no hard evidence that cravings are linked to the gender of your baby. In fact, the jury's still out on whether cravings exist at all! So don't count on your cravings -- real or imagined -- to tell you whether to buy pink or blue.

6. Pendulum or circle swing
"If a wedding ring or needle suspended over your belly moves in a strong circular motion, you're having a girl. If it moves to and fro like a pendulum, you're having a boy."

This particular method of predicting the gender of your baby works much like a ouija board. Micro-muscle tremors over which you have no control cause the ring to move in a particular direction -- a sensation that can be spooky to say the least, but that doesn't tell you a thing about the gender of your baby.

7. The Chinese conception chart
"The Chinese conception chart can tell you if you're having a boy or a girl." The Chinese conception chart -- the brainchild of a 13th century scientist -- claims to be able to help you to predict the gender of the baby by linking your age and the month of conception to the gender of the baby. While it has a reputation for being highly accurate in China, it simply hasn't been able to stand up to the same scrutiny here in North America.

So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!

Their advice? If one of these "tests" convinces you to load up on pink frilly dresses, be sure to keep the receipt!
Taken from:http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... ys_sex.php
and from here:
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Boy or girl?

Am I having a boy? Am I having a girl? It's the age old question that realistically, only a scan from 20 weeks onwards can answer. Some people swear that the following 'old wives' tales came true for them, so why not read on for some of our fun ways to predict the gender of your baby. You never know....

Predicting a boy or girl?

More calories means a boy?

Scientists have recently conducted a study of 740 women and it does seem that the ones who consumed more calories went on to conceive boys. (54%). This could be explained by this providing a better environment for male sperm to live in.
Cravings

If pregnancy has left us desperate for salty crisps and ham sarnies, we're said to be carrying a boy. However, if we've developed a sudden sweet tooth and can't get enough of chocolate and lollies, we're apparently expecting a girl! Unsurprisingly, health professionals have dismissed cravings as having no relevance to gender and are simply the body's response to changing nutritional requirements during pregnancy. More on cravings in pregnancy
High or low? Front or back?

The way that we carry a baby is one the most popular methods of predicting the sex and you're likely to encounter plenty of people who'll give an accurate gender diagnosis based on the position of your bump. It's generally believed that if we're low and out front, it's a boy but if the bump is high and we're visibly pregnant from the back, we've got a girl. Again, scientists have put a damper on this belief, citing that the way we carry is a result of muscle tone and the position the baby has adapted in the uterus. Spoilsports!
Heartbeats

Next time you listen to your baby's heartbeat, make a note of the speed. According to old folklore, if it's under 140 beats per minute, it's a boy, anything above that? Definitely a girl! Your midwife may humour you if you choose to believe this one, but will probably feel it her duty to inform you that heart rates have no relevance until labour and birth when a girl's will generally beat faster than a boy's. Find out more about antenatal appointments
Pregnancy sickness

If we suffer from nausea and general sickness during the first twelve weeks, we're supposedly carrying a girl. But if that nasty sicky feeling strikes a little later, it's most definitely a boy. People also believe that the timing of our sickness is a clear indication of our baby's sex with boys making us sick in the morning and girls in the evening. Several studies have been carried out to find a link between sickness and gender, with no conclusive results. Hence, it's probably best to wait till baby arrives before splashing the nursery walls in pink or blue! More about morning sickness
Foetal Activity

Another fun belief is to monitor our baby's activity in the womb. If we have a particularly energetic tot, it's most likely to be a boy whereas a more chilled foetus indicates a girl. As good as this theory is, it's generally perceived that expectant mums detect their babies movements depending on their own daily activity. For example, a mum who spends the day at home with her feet up is likely to feel a lot more kicking and rolling around than one who's rushing about all day.
Your looks

It's not only our body shapes that change during pregnancy but our face and looks too. Some believe this is an indication of gender, with boys promoting shiny hair and rosy skin and girls causing dull hair and the odd pimple or two. However, experts would insist that outbreaks are merely a result of the various hormonal changes our bodies are undergoing and that women who usually suffer from spots are likely to have further outbreaks in pregnancy, irrelevant of their baby's sex. More about your body in pregnancy
Other gender prediction tales and beliefs

There are hundreds of other fun ways to predict the sex of your baby, originating from all over the globe. Some of the most common are:
The ring trick: Tie your ring to a piece of string and hold it gently over your bump. If it swings from side to side, you're having a boy but if it adapts a circular motion, it's a girl.
Your breasts: If your right breast looks bigger than the left, it's a boy - vice verse, it's a girl. If they're both the same size, then the myth is either complete nonsense or you're having one of each!
Chinese gender calculator: This is one of the most popular gender prediction tests and many women find it scarily accurate. It works by calculating your age at conception with the number of the month you conceived in. If the resulting number is odd, you can expect a boy, if the number is even - it's a girl.
Early gender tests: There are new home testing kits that claim to accurately predict your baby's gender by analysing the fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream. The mother takes a simple blood test and the results are sent off for analysis before being posted online within a few days.
Taken from: http://www.netmums.com/pregnancy/early- ... oy-or-girl" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So here is the question how did the aunt or the psychics known of the sex of the baby? It has two answers:

1. Answer:

According to a Slovak article there are some changes on the persons body but its not the womb which is important but the breasts of the woman who is pregnant - because one sex produces more hormones then the other:
Scientific journalist and writer Jena Pincott wrote during pregnancy own book, which seeks to exploit the latest medical expertise to once and replied to some of the greatest mysteries and misconceptions recent past and today. We find out there as well that the shape of the abdomen is not a factor that predicts the gender of the fetus. The truth is even more surprising.According shaped belly? No, it's about breasts!

Whether you wear the belly girl or boy can not predict the shape of the abdomen, but breasts! Women who wear girls generally have larger breasts than women who wear the belly boys. Volume bust, they increased on average by up to eight centimeters, while for mothers boy only about 6.3 centimeters. Why is that? Male fetuses produce more testosterone and require more energy from the mother, because they are usually larger than the fruits of feminine. These reasons may suppress the growth of breasts in the future moms.
This was translated by google translator. Here is the original text:
Vedecká novinárka a spisovateľka Jena Pincott napísala počas vlastného tehotenstva knihu, v ktorej sa snaží využiť najnovšie lekárske poznatky na to, aby raz a navždy odpovedala na niektoré z najväčších záhad a omylov nedávnej minulosti, i dneška. Dozvieme sa tam napríklad aj to, že tvar brucha nie je faktor, ktorý predpovedá pohlavie plodu. Pravda je ešte prekvapivejšia.
Podľa tvaru bruška? Nie, ide o prsia!

To, či nosíte v brušku dievčatko alebo chlapca dokáže predpovedať nie tvar brucha, ale prsníkov! Ženy, ktoré nosia dievčatká majú spravidla väčšie prsia ako ženy, ktoré nosia v brušku chlapcov. Objem poprsia sa im zväčší v priemere až o osem centimetrov, kým u mamičiek chlapčekov približne len o 6,3 centimetra. Čím to je? Plody mužského pohlavia produkujú viac testosterónu a vyžadujú od matky viac energie, pretože sú zvyčajne väčšie ako plody ženského rodu. Tieto dôvody môžu potlačiť rast prsníkov u budúcich mamičiek.
Or also the aunt could have known thanks to this:
Why some families are already born generations only boys and another are purely female? It's definitely not a coincidence, nor is it the fact that the stork is stuck and wears only boys. Gene that determines gender Dads wear their child. Researcher from the University of Newcastle - Corry Gellatly analyzed 927 family trees/lineages, involving a total of more than half a million people and that was dated to the time of Shakespeare.He came on strong statistical observation: For men who have brothers is more likely to have sons and men, who are sisters, are more likely to have daughters. This model works in males but not in females. For women it does not matter whether brothers or sisters. A woman is invariably the fetus passes chromosome X. The sex therefore decided men who sends either sperm chromosome X and there is a girl or a Y chromosome will be a boy.
Original text:
Prečo v niektorých rodinách sa už generácie rodia len chlapci a iné sú zase čisto ženské? Rozhodne to nie je náhoda, ani to nie je tým, že bocian sa zasekol a nosí len chlapcov. Gén, ktorý nosia oteckovia určuje pohlavie ich dieťaťa. Výskumník z univerzity v Newcastli – Corry Gellatly analyzoval 927 rodokmeňov, ktoré celkovo zahŕňali viac ako pol milióna ľudí a datovali sa až do doby Shakespeara.

Prišiel k výrazným štatistickým postrehom: U mužov, ktorí majú bratov je viac pravdepodobné, že budú mať synov a u mužov, ktorí majú sestry, je pravdepodobnejšie, že budú mať dcéry. Tento model funguje u mužov, ale u žien nie. V prípade žien je jedno, či má bratov alebo sestry. Žena totiž vždy plodu odovzdáva chromozóm X. O pohlaví teda rozhoduje muž, ktorí v spermiách pošle buď chromozóm X a vznikne dievčatko alebo chromozóm Y a bude to chlapec.
Taken from: http://najmama.aktuality.sk/clanok/2324 ... dla-chuti/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So if the aunt known about this tradition or the tradition of boys in the family of the brother it was easy to deduce this. Also the aunt had experience and I think could observe some details.

Or there is a second answer:

2.
So if these myths are consistently off the mark, why do we keep turning to them again and again?

According to the experts, there are two factors at work: the fact that you've got a 50/50 chance of being right each time you predict your baby's gender and the fact that you're more likely to remember your successes than your failures!


Taken from: http://www.canadianliving.com/moms/fami ... _sex_2.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is the answer I have for the blog and the whole mystery thing about the pregnancy superstition..
Strange that Obstetricians are frequently consulted - When there's such a lot of ways to tell by just looking at the shape of the bump or whatever.

In fact, it's even stranger that people want to know at all. Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Who cares, that nursery's getting a coat of lime-green paint anyway...
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Re: Pregnacy precognition of the sex of baby

Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:01 pm

kennyc wrote:
octopus1 wrote:
kennyc wrote:
kennyc wrote:It's a BOY!

That's my prediction for the royal babe...

Ha! Right again!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/peop ... d/2416235/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:lol: 8-) 8-) :lol:
I am amazed by your predictive skills. It could've been anything! But you said "boy" and that's what it is :shock:

Well... It could've been one of only two things... ;)

But still... :shock:

I'm Psychic!!! I'm gonna go on TV and write a book and make a fortune!

:lol: :lol: :lol:
I'll be in the audience.

Come to think of it, that cigar smoking Grant Wood farmer in your avatar looks a lot like an older Harry Potter...

... "cigar".... "scar".... They rhyme!

:shock: You're not! Say it ain't so!
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Post by kennyc » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:50 pm

I'm just glad the Queen is now free to take her holiday beginning later this week!
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Post by octopus1 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:03 pm

kennyc wrote:I'm just glad the Queen is now free to take her holiday beginning later this week!
:mrgreen:
She's on a whislte-stop tour! First Syria, then Belarus, then Egypt, then North Korea - Turkmenistan for sure...

The Queen seems to have a mandate to wave her freaky wave at dictators and rebels that is, at best, of questionable benefit to anyone...

When they say ol' Liz has been on a "diplomatic visit" somewhere, they don't explain how staring at a loaded Kalashnikov equals "diplomacy"...

I suppose it does. After all, they have a picture of her wearing a hat and looking scared :? :lol:
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