One of the most exciting things about being pregnant is finding out whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl. Up until now parents-to-be could usually only find out if they are expecting team blue or team pink at their 18-20-week prenatal scan. Or, if you couldn’t wait until then to find out if you should be decorating the nursery in pink or blue, you could try some of the old wives tales for gender prediction, such as the key test.
But now, researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, have discovered that you could determine your baby’s sex by measuring your blood pressure before you conceive.
Women who gave birth to boys tended to have a higher blood pressure (106mmHG) before conception compared to moms who had girls (103mmHG) – and women who had the highest blood pressure readings were about 45% more likely to have a boy compared to women with the lowest readings, according to the study published in the American Journal of Hypertension.
So does this mean you can choose the gender of your baby before conception?
No, you can’t manipulate your blood pressure before pregnancy in the hopes of conceiving a boy or a girl. “It’s not likely to be a causal effect. Rather, we think that the blood pressure before pregnancy is an indicator of the mother’s underlying physiology and her likelihood of being able to carry a baby of a particular sex to term,” lead researcher Dr Ravi Retnakaran told the Huffington Post.
While the study is creating a lot of buzz on the internet, researchers say that this link needs to be studied further.
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