Morning Sickness – Boy or Girl?

These days most women find out their baby’s gender before he or she is born. Gender can be determined by ultrasound by as early as 16 weeks in pregnancy; although, more reliably at 20 weeks. A woman can also find out her baby’s gender by having an amniocentesis or CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling). An amniocentesis is normally done between the 9th and 18th week of pregnancy and CVS is usually done between the 8th and 11th week of pregnancy. Most women find out the gender during a second trimester ultrasound though.

Still, with all this technology available, women still like to take guesses as to what their baby’s gender might be. They want to know, am I having a son or a daughter? Old wives tales about pregnancy abound. If you are craving sweets, you’re having a girl; and if you are craving salty foods, you are having a boy. If you are carrying like a watermelon, it’s a girl; and, if you are carrying like a basketball, it’s a boy. Another old wives’ tale says that morning sickness during the first trimester means you are more likely to have a girl; or is it a boy? This old wives’ tale has been told both ways.

Pregnant moms have taken note of the differences between their sons and their daughters’ pregnancies. Women may have different symptoms or carry their babies differently with their boys than with their girls. However, if you asked a group of moms whether they had more morning sickness with their boys or with their girls, you’d likely get different answers from different moms.

The debate is out among moms on who has the worst morning sickness, moms of girls or moms of boys. Research tends to support the moms of girls. There are a few studies that suggest that severe morning sickness is more common with girls than boys. One study on pregnant women who were hospitalized during the first trimester for hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness) found that compared to a control group, the women that were hospitalized were more likely to be pregnant with a girl than a boy. While this does seem to indicate that hyperemesis gravidarum may be more common in moms of girls, it’s not to say that moms of boys can’t also have hyperemesis gravidarum. This study also only looked at moms with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, and only looked at cases that required hospitalization.

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