Pregnancy Old Wives' Tale #4: Morning Sickness and Gender - Kamm McKenzie OBGYN

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Pregnancy Old Wives’ Tale #4: Morning Sickness and Gender

In our fourth installment of discussing common pregnancy myths, we’re looking into the relationship between morning sickness and gender. One pregnancy myth is that if a woman has morning sickness, there is a higher chance that she is having a girl.  The theory is that one or more of the pregnancy hormones may be more elevated with a female fetus.  This elevation in the pregnancy hormone(s) could possibly lead to increased nausea and vomiting.

Well…. this is probably more myth than anything.  However, one Swedish study showed that women who required hospitalization for severe nausea and vomiting were just slightly more likely to have a girl than a boy (56% vs the usual 50%).

To me, that’s not impressive enough to draw a conclusion between morning sickness and gender.  I wouldn’t count on a few days (more like weeks right?) of sickness amounting to any predictable information on gender.  I still prefer an ultrasound to help determine that!

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