Pregnancy creates many changes in the body. Sometimes certain symptoms may tell mom more about the little baby she is creating.
For thousands of years women have been tracking their pregnancy symptoms and dreaming about the person their baby will become. During this time of excitement and anticipation, women look for clues about the baby’s gender and personality.
Some of these wives’ tales about pregnancy symptoms have been proven true more recently by scientific research. Other pregnancy symptoms are linked to baby’s gender and personality by personal experience.
Will baby be gentle, soft spoken and easy going? Or is baby more likely to be active, temperamental and difficult? Several studies have found links between baby’s movements and later disposition in life.
Will baby be a boy or a girl? Will he or she be healthy? Will baby be born bald or with a full head of hair? There are so many possibilities to consider when dreaming of baby’s features. Some of mom’s pregnancy symptoms will point to the answers.
Continue reading to find out what common pregnancy symptoms say about the type of person baby will be. It’s always fun to dream and consider the many possibilities for the little person who is growing and developing so quickly.
12 How Are The Baby's Movements?
Does it seem like baby is moving around non-stop? Or instead, does baby seem to be pretty laid back as it floats around?
Several different studies have found connections between babies’ movement in the womb and their temperament once they’re born.
A study published in Early Human Development found that babies with more weak movements fussed and cried more in infancy.
Dr. Janet DiPietro of Johns Hopkins has studied fetal movements in several studies and found interesting results. One study showed that babies who were more active in the womb tended to be “more difficult, unpredictable, inadaptable and active” between 3 and 6 months of age.
But don’t worry. Dr. DiPietro found in another study that babies who move more in-utero tend to be less easily frustrated at 1 year and more independent at 2 years.
11 Expanding Nose
Have you had to do a double take in the mirror when you see your nose in the morning?Does or did your nose look longer, wider, or more swollen during pregnancy?
It is commonly believed by many people that changes in the nose during pregnancy ( expanding or getting larger) is a signal that mom is expecting... a boy.
While it is true that some of the pregnancy hormones can cause the nasal passages and membranes to swell, the link between gender and swelling hasn’t been made scientifically yet.
Moms to be often have other problems during their pregnancy like a stuffy nose, snoring throughout the night, and cold like symptoms due to their nasal passages swelling during pregnancy.
10 Heartburn Might Mean...
Has heartburn made sleeping a nightmare? To you feel the rush of acid reflux after you eat or when you try to lie down? Researchers have found that mom’s pregnancy heartburn tells more about the baby than what she had for dinner.
A study done at Johns Hopkins proved that there is a correlation between the intensity of heartburn felt by the mother and the hairiness of the baby.
Expecting moms might have more heartburn because estrogen causes the esophageal sphincter to relax. This allows stomach acid to come up into the esophagus –causing a burning feeling. Estrogen appears to be responsible for aiding in hair growth on the baby. Therefore, more estrogen means more hair and more heartburn.
9 Cold Hands And Feet
Does it seem like no matter what you do you can’t get your hands and feet warm? Are you constantly reaching for warm socks or a blanket? Some people believe that this pregnancy symptom can tell you something about the baby.
According to wives’ tales, a pregnant woman with cold feet is more likely to have a boy. As of now, there is no science to back up this claim up. An increase in blood that happens during pregnancy might take more time to circulate back up to the heart. Along with increased weight and well, the body is working really hard at creating a human being. It might just take a little while for those toes to warm up.
8 Pimples And Breakouts
Have you been dealing with lots of pimple outbreaks all over your body? Or have you had the beautiful pregnancy glow you always hear about?
It is thought that if pregnancy is causing mom to breakout, she’s expecting a girl.
Some say the baby girl is stealing the mom’s beauty. It might actually be because the baby and mom both have so much estrogen flowing through their veins. This idea hasn’t been proven by research but many moms report it to be true for them. But the surge of pregnancy hormones are enough to kick pimples into high gear whether mom is having a boy or a girl.
Some people think that the baby boy hormones help to even out mom’s raging hormones. This might help to give mom more of a beautiful pregnancy glow and less pimples.
7 Carrying High
Have people been commenting about how high you are carrying? Does it feel like the baby is pressing into your rib cage and into your lungs? This means you might be carrying “high”.
According to this old wives’ tales, women who carry high are likely going to have a girl and women who carry low are having a boy. Although this hasn’t been scientifically proven (yet) it is still a fun way to guess.
It is generally thought that more than anything how a woman carries a baby depends on her body. Body type, height, muscle tone, number of pregnancies and so on can change the way the body carries a pregnancy. And interestingly, mom may carry each pregnancy differently too.
6 Banana Cravings
Have you been eating a lot of bananas? Bananas are a great part of a healthy diet and maybe more. It might sound silly but it could actually affect the gender of the baby.
Researchers at Oxford and Exeter Universities investigated women’s diets prior to conception and actually found links between diet and sex of future children.
After examining the diets of 740 women during their first pregnancy they found that certain diets made it more likely that the mother would have a boy. Diets high in potassium (a main nutrient found in bananas) were linked to higher chances of having a boy.
So if you’ve had lots of bananas in your diet you might be expecting a baby boy.
5 Uneven Bosoms
Have you noticed that you seem to be a little uneven up front during the pregnancy? While most women increase a cup size or two some may bloom unevenly.
It is believed by some people that having one breast that gets bigger than the other during pregnancy can indicate the gender of the baby. Women experience so many hormones racing through their body and their breasts are preparing to make milk once the baby is born, so the bosoms often grow in size during pregnancy.
Some women have sworn that a larger left breast means that mom is expecting a baby girl. On the other hand, a larger right breast during pregnancy could mean mom is expecting a baby boy.
4 Mom's Getting Hairy
Has pregnancy sent you looking for a better razor or wax service? Are you surprised to have corse hair growing where it once was light and fine? Do you feel like you could shave twice a day and still not keep up with the hair growth?
Your extra hair problems could mean that you are more likely to have a baby boy.
Pregnancy sends lots of extra hormones racing through mom’s body which might account for the extra hair on her legs.
Another reason may be the extra testosterone from baby boy. The same hormone that makes men have more hair could give mom a temporary boost in hairiness during pregnancy. Once mom’s body has eliminated the extra hormones after the baby is born things will get back to normal.
3 Dry Skin
Has your skin become dryer or more supple during pregnancy? Having symptoms of dry skin during pregnancy might just be an indicator of what gender of baby you’re carrying.
Women report having dry skin with a boy and softer skin with a girl.
The changes in skin texture are probably the result of so many hormonal changes happening during pregnancy. It could also be the result of increased stress or changes in diet.
The skin is the largest organ and many things can enter the body through the skin. Make sure to choose a gentle moisturizer made of natural ingredients while pregnant. Chemicals found in sun screen have been shown to enter the blood stream and breast milk which could make its way to baby.
2 Morning Sickness
Have you been struggling with waves of morning sickness? Does the sight or smell of food send you running for the bathroom?
Morning sickness can happen at any time of the day. It usually occurs in the first trimester but can happen all throughout the pregnancy or not at all. Morning sickness is not an accurate gender prediction measure but many wives’ tales purport that morning sickness is caused by a girl.
The line of thinking follows the idea that the female baby is giving the mom too many female hormones. It is believed (but not proven) that the increase in female hormones in the expecting mom’s body causes mom to feel more nauseous than if she were carrying a boy (which might help to balance her hormones).
1 Sugar Cravings
Have you had an insatiable appetite for sweets since you’ve gotten pregnant?
Some people believe that having cravings for sweets means that mom is going to have a girl. Mom might also be craving sweets to give her body a boost in energy. Sweet foods often are highly palatable (they taste great and are easy to eat) and give the body quick energy.
It might give mom a fast boost but can set off a blood sugar drop afterward.
Expecting moms need sustained energy so a balanced diet of fresh foods is much better than a sugar high. A combination of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and protein will give mom a balanced release of energy as her body works hard to build a tiny human.