Morning Sickness: Boy vs. Girl
There are many myths surrounding pregnancy and the sex of your baby. Everything from carrying high or low, to the kind of food you crave when pregnant. One of the most well-known myths is that infrequent vomiting during pregnancy means you’re going to have a boy.
Nobody knows exactly why there’s allegedly no morning sickness with boys. A study by The Lancet seems to back up the idea that you are more likely to experience morning sickness with girls. Hyperemesis gravidarum, aka HG, is a condition amongst pregnant women that causes terrible nausea and vomiting.
It’s said that the elevated hormones that cause HG are seen more often in pregnancies with girls, so having HG makes you more likely to be pregnant with a girl than a boy. But as pointed out by the same study, they were only able to examine women who had to be hospitalised with terrible, chronic morning sickness. They didn’t have reliable data for women with the usual morning sickness, so their results aren’t completely accurate.
So if you find yourself feeling terribly sick in the morning, we don’t recommend that you take this as a sign to start painting the nursery walls pink. Early morning sickness and its severity won’t tell you what gender the baby will be.
How Can You Tell If You’re Having A Boy Or A Girl?
The most accurate way to find out is by taking a blood test or a mid-pregnancy amniotic test. A non-invasive blood test as early as nine weeks into your pregnancy is generally used to find out whether or not your baby will be born with certain genetic conditions, however, these tests also have the bonus effect of letting you know if you’re carrying a boy or a girl.
If the nine-week blood test doesn’t feel like it’s enough, the amniotic test when you’re 18 to 22 weeks pregnant will tell you for certain what sex your baby will be.
Natural Remedies That Provide Relief If You Feel Nauseous
If you’re not feeling so good in the early morning, there are some simple cures to help you feel better without using prescription drugs. One common way to manage morning sickness is to have a more regulated diet that skips greasy food. Blander, low-fat foods are less likely to trigger nausea in pregnant women who are sensitive to strong flavours and smells.
Another trick is to try introducing some ginger into your diet. It may seem a bit strange because it’s a bit spicy, but ginger actually helps soothe upset stomachs and correct digestive problems. If you find yourself struggling to eat meals regularly when you’re pregnant, you can also eat smaller meals more frequently instead of having three square meals a day. Keep dry food like soda crackers or plain biscuits by your bed, so you can have a small snack to settle your tummy first thing in the morning.
Don’t Start Buying Things For Your Baby Just Because You’re Feeling Nauseous!
So, are you sick more with a girl or a boy? One thing’s for sure: morning sickness is not a reliable indicator. If you want to start stocking up on booties and painting that nursery wall, you’re going to have to be a bit patient! Once you’ve gotten at least nine weeks into your pregnancy, you can take a test that will reveal your baby’s sex. Otherwise, how sick you feel at night or in the early morning has absolutely no way of telling you if it’s a boy or girl!