Week 16 – What’s So Revealing About a Heartbeat?

team_pink_or_team_blue_baby_gender_reveal_party_invitation-r7fded6c90d2e4d828154601bbe8e63c6_8dnm8_8byvr_512I’m sure many of you have heard of the many old wives tales regarding how to predict if your baby is a boy or girl. One of them is in relation to the fetal heart rate which typically falls in the “normal” range of 110 – 160.  If your baby is a boy it has been known to fall in the 110 to 130’s lower average range. But if your baby is a girl than the heart rate tends to average in the 140s to 160s range. Of course there is a middle rate of 130 to 140 which is gray. What is Baby Squishy’s heart rate? As of yesterday it was 150 (oooooooh….ahhhhhhhh), girl range.

What was George’s heart rate? Off the charts because he is so nervous that the household will be over run by women managing his life. He already takes orders from Abbey and she isn’t even TWO!

Other old wives tales:

  • The moodier you are the more likely you are to be having a girl {George has no comment on this one but perhaps USDP employees will weigh-in?}
  • The more beautiful you are during pregnancy, the more more likely you are having a boy {I tend to think I can feel like I look amazing and then there are other days when I’d rather crawl into a hole because I feel like I look like a giant turd}
  • If you carry the baby only in the tummy and only in the front, it is more likely a boy. Contrary, if you carry the baby more round and in the hips then it is a girl. {Geez, even after losing 43 pounds, I’m carrying this baby EVERYwhere except my face}
  • If the dad-to-be has gained weight during pregnancy than it is a girl, if not then it is a boy {George???} 
  • If your left breast is bigger than your right, it’s a girl. Opposite than it is a boy {No comment} 
  • If you had smooth sailing and zero morning sickness, it is a boy. If you had morning sickness in your first 12 weeks, it is a girl {I thought I was going to die for at least 2 weeks because I was so nauseous} 
  • If your neighbor does a prediction and he is pretty much always right and he predicts that this pregnancy is a boy {Can’t argue with Owen and his average on being right}
  • If your daughter says “boy giwrl” {you just smile and thank her for her input even though it really isn’t that helpful :)}

Okay, the last two aren’t old wives tales but they are cute additions! I guess we’ll just wait to find out on 11.4.13 when we have our ultrasound. As long as Baby Squishy is healthy than it really doesn’t matter to us either way! But if you want, you too can take a guess: