The Adventures of the Tader Tot's

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

And is this corner, weighing in at…

So we went to the doctor and got a split decision on the genders. We were able to see one and he is pretty feisty. (It’s a boy) He was kicking and spinning and throwing punches. The other just kind of hung out and had a nice grip on the umbilical cord as well. So much so that it was right between the legs, thus preventing any gender id. I think it’s a girl. The funny thing about her, was when the boy started punching, she started punching back. It was pretty funny to watch, sort of like rock’em, sock’em robots. Then we were looking at the boy again and had a bottom up view, then out of nowhere you got to see a foot come over and kick him right in the butt, literally.
So the boy’s heart rate was 137 and the other was 154. Everyone was telling us that the girls have a higher heart rate and that we probably do have the one boy and one girl we were hoping for. It doesn’t really matter as long as both tots and M are healthy. (Secretly a girl wouldn’t be all that bad) So I went out on the internet to see if the heart rate theory was true. Apparently it is not, but I think in this case it is. Here are some other disturbing myths and their realities I was able to find.

Myth: Carrying your baby "high" means you will have a boy; carrying "low" means you will have a girl.
Reality: Lots of factors go into how you look when you are pregnant, including the age of the fetus as well as their position, size, and the mother's overall body shape. If she is short waisted, for example, her pregnancy may look different from a woman who is long waisted. But nothing about the shape has to do with the baby's sex, says Leipzig.
Myth: Suspending a gold ring from a string over a pregnant woman's belly can predict the sex depending on the way it swings -- back and forth for a boy, in a circular motion for a girl.
Reality: "There is nothing about the gender of a baby that will influence the pull of gravity. But some folks believe that, much like a Ouija board, the direction the ring swings may be influenced by the thoughts of the person holding the string -- and they will always be right 50% of the time," says Bartholomew.
Myth: If the hair on your legs grows faster during pregnancy it's a boy; if it grows slower, it's a girl.
Reality: The logic here is that because testosterone may influence hair growth, carrying a boy -- who would ostensibly have more testosterone than a girl -- will do the same. Masch says it's untrue. "There isn't enough hormone present in a fetus to have any significant hormonal impact on the mother's body, let alone cause the hair on her legs to grow," she says.
Myth: If you crave sour or salty foods, it's a boy; sweets, it's a girl.
Reality: Although doctors aren't totally sure what causes a woman to crave certain foods during pregnancy, most universally agree the baby's sex isn't one of them. "There is nothing about carrying a boy or a girl that would influence a woman's taste buds," says Masch.
Myth: If a pregnant woman's urine is a dull color, it's a girl; if it's a bright color, it's a boy.
Reality: "The only thing that influences the color of a pregnant woman's urine is how much fluid she consumes -- if she's a little dehydrated, it will be a darker color; if she's drinking a lot of water, it will be lighter," says Bartholomew.

Another "myth" slipped under the medical microscope: The Draino test. In this instance, the long-standing legend dictates that mixing a pregnant woman's urine with the at-home plumbing product Draino will result in color changes that correspond to sex prediction. As early as 1982, an informal medical school study, reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed this method was no more reliable than flipping a coin. More recently, a study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 1999 found similar results.

"What's really important to note here is that a pregnant women should not be playing around with Draino -- it's dangerous and it could cause some potentially serious skin injuries," says Masch.

Here’s where I found the article from WebMD:


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