Are you anxious to know the gender of your baby? If you have already had your first ultrasound and heard your baby’s heartbeat, you might have a good start for a gender prediction! There are several at home methods to know the sex of your baby in the first trimester, but most of these focus on the mother and how her body adjusts to pregnancy. The baby heartbeat gender prediction theory is one of the only ways to predict the gender of your baby by focusing on the baby itself!
This is a tale that midwives used to pass around to pregnant mothers. Even some of our staff have been told things like, “Sounds like a girl!” by their OBGYN at only 10 weeks of pregnancy, basing the guess solely on the baby’s heartbeat. Why?
Popular consensus is that girls have a higher fetal heart rate than boys. If at 8-12 weeks your baby’s heartbeat is less than 140bpm, it’s believed that your baby is a boy! If the heart rate is more than 140bpm, it’s believed that you baby is a girl!
As fun and exciting as this prediction method can be, research shows that there is no validity to its claims. A study done by the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed no correlation between fetal heart rate and the gender of the baby.
Did you try this method? Was it correct for you pregnancies? Let us know!