Gender Tests

Whether or not you should find out the gender of your baby ahead of time is debatable. Some women swear that waiting until delivery is the most exciting way to go; but other women insist that knowing ahead of time is the only way to be truly prepared. (Then again, I was supposed to be a “boy,” and my parents didn’t even have a girl’s name picked out. How’s that for being prepared?) Regardless, if you do want to find out ahead of time, you might be tempted to use one of these brand new gender tests that have been … Continue reading

Myth: Fetal Heart Rate is Linked to Gender

As you may have noticed, my name is Kim. Actually, my full name is Kimberly. What you may not know, however, is that my name was originally going to be Tony or Skyler. That’s an odd name for a girl, isn’t it? That’s because my parents thought I was going to be a boy. The doctor told them I was going to be a boy because of my heart rate. No one expected a girl until I was born. Boy, was that a surprise! Sonograms were just becoming common practice in the 80s, but my mom did not have one. … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Let Your Baby’s Gender Be a Surprise

Yesterday I talked about five reasons you should find out your baby’s gender ahead of time. Personally, I am glad I found out we were having a boy when I was pregnant with my son. Not only did I enjoy calling him by his name throughout most of the pregnancy, but it allowed my family to bond with him in a special way as well. Interestingly enough, I think when we have a second child I would like to be surprised. I want to experience it both ways! You can enjoy the surprise. There’s nothing like hearing “It’s a ___” … Continue reading

Can What You Eat Determine the Gender of the Baby?

A recent news story in The Daily Mail has gotten a lot of attention in recent days. According to a story published in that paper, what a woman eats in the time before conception can influence the gender of the baby. According to the study, women who eat more food are more likely to have a boy. In particular, eating breakfast increases the chances of having a girl. The story gets even stranger. Eating cereal is the best breakfast food for women wanting to have a son. One or more bowls per day is said to produce the highest number … Continue reading

How is the Gender Determined by Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is quite effective for determining the gender of the baby. With an experienced ultrasound technician and good equipment, the gender is correct about 95% of the time. The only time there may be a problem is if the baby is shy. By now most of us know that the gender can be detected with ultrasound. What many don’t know is how is this done? What does the technician see that reveals the gender of the baby? Is it something I can see? Sometimes parents that don’t want to know the gender worry that they may accidentally see something during … Continue reading

The Pregnancy Blog Week in Review for July 8-14

Welcome to the Pregnancy Blog week in review. The week in review is a synopsis of the blogs posted in Pregnancy this week. It’s a great way to browse the weekly content and catch up on your reading. Browse our past weeks in review for blogs on a large number of topics. As always, feel free to suggest topics for future blogs. As you are getting ready for the hospital, spend some time planning the pictures you want taken during and after the birth of your baby. With good planning, you will have a beautiful assortment of photographs for your … Continue reading

When Gender Prediction is Wrong

I’ve had four babies. In each of these four pregnancies, we were asked if we wanted to know the gender of the baby during the ultrasound. In each case, we said that we did. Fortunately for us, the technician was correct each time. We got the gender we were expecting. During each of my pregnancies, people would ask if I knew what I was having. When I said that I did, invariably they would say something like, “What if they are wrong?” I heard story after story about friends and friends of friends who got the opposite gender from the … Continue reading

Reasons to Find Out Baby’s Gender

Seventy percent of pregnant women have an ultrasound during their pregnancies. The ultrasound is a good diagnostic tool for certain problems in pregnancy. It also has an added benefit, you may get a peek at your baby. If you choose to have an ultrasound, the technician may ask if you want to know the gender. Some couples choose to find out and others prefer to be surprised. I like to know what I am having. I mean, the information is RIGHT THERE! It’s just too tempting for me. For us and many other couples, there are many benefits to learning … Continue reading

Sorting Out Pregnancy Advice

The big problem with being pregnant is the slew of conflicting advice that comes flying in from every direction. How is a poor girl supposed to know what is true and what is not? One doctor says you’re not gaining enough weight while another says you’re gaining too much. One book says you’re not supposed to eat lunch meat and another says it’s okay if you cook it first. Some people say caffeine is okay and some people say it increases your risk for miscarriage. What is true and what is not? Whenever there is conflict about something, someone has … Continue reading

Book Review: Hands Off My Belly!

I have a bad habit of starting about five new books or novels at the same time and it ends up taking me months to finish just one of them. Maybe one day when all my children are in school I will have the time to sit down and finish a book in a few days like I used to in college; but that is just the way things go when you are chasing a little one around the house. If you are pregnant for the first time, you probably have a lot of time on your hands, and if … Continue reading