Posts Tagged ‘girl’

How can I choose the sex of my baby?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

boy-or-girlYou wouldn’t believe how often we get this question.  For conceiving a boy/girl “the old fashioned way,” are there any special positions for sex, vitamins, foods I should eat…?  There are all kinds of wives tales about guaranteeing you a boy or a girl, but the fact of the matter is nope there isn’t a proven method, short of in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (both costly and invasive) and that’s not what this post is about.

Have you heard any of these wonderful urban myths?  They’re a whole lot more fun than reliable.
• Eat red meat for a boy, chocolate for a girl.
• If the first “word” your first child says is “Ma” your next child will be a girl.  If it is “Da,” you’ll have a boy.
• Have sex at night for a boy, during the day for a girl.
• Sleep in a bed with your pillow to the north for a boy, south for a girl.
• If the woman takes control during sex, you’ll have a girl.
• When eating from a loaf of bread, choose the heel for a boy and avoid the heel for a girl.
• Once pregnant, if the baby’s heart rate is over 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl – under 140 bpm, it’s a boy
• If you’re carrying the baby weight in the front it’s a boy – in your hips and butt, it’s a girl
• Add the mother’s age at conception plus the number of the month in which you conceive – an even number means a boy, odd means a girl
• Carrying low means a boy, high means a girl.
• Headaches mean a boy, no headaches for a girl.
• Cravings? Salty foods and cheese for a boy, sweets and fruit for a girl.

With my first pregnancy, a very nice neighbor (he was 92 years old if he was a day) gave my husband a bulb of garlic to keep in the pocket of his pants.  This, he swore, would guarantee a son.  Funny thing… we had a son!  But I wouldn’t go stuffing your shorts with garlic if you’re hoping for a boy.  What other gems have you heard?

The risks of teen pregnancy

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

teenage-girl-2For so many women, pregnancy is a wonderful time: full of hope and excitement about a new baby. But for teens, pregnancy brings some  challenges.

Teen mothers and their babies face special health risks. Compared to other pregnant women, the teen mom is more likely to face complications. Examples:  premature labor, anemia and high blood pressure.

Babies born to teen moms are at increased risk of premature birth, low weight at birth, breathing problems, bleeding in the brain,  and vision problems.

Teen pregnancy also affects a young woman’s educational and job opportunities. Teen moms are less likely to graduate from high school than other teenagers. They are also more likely to live in poverty than women who wait to have a baby.

Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Teen birth rates in the United States are on the rise again after a steady decline between 1991 and 2005.

If you are a teen, please think carefully about getting pregnant. If you know a teen, help her understand why it’s usually best to delay pregnancy.

For more information, read the March of Dimes fact sheet.

It’s a boy! It’s a girl!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Are you planning to find out ahead of time or do you want to be surprised? During your second trimester of pregnancy you can learn the sex of your baby via ultrasound. Just keep in mind that ultrasound results are not 100% accurate — unlike amniocentesis, which determines the sex of the baby through DNA analysis. It really depends on your stage of pregnancy, position of the fetus, skill level of the technician and the equipment being used.

My two sisters each have three children. They both agree that finding out the sex of the baby at the very moment of birth is one of the greatest feelings in the world. My sister-in-law has two children and says finding out the sex beforehand helped her to bond with her babies sooner and with planning ahead. There’s no right or wrong decision! It’s a personal one between you and your partner, so have fun with it no matter what you choose.

Reasons to find out the baby’s sex may include: you only have to pick one name, you can buy specific clothing, decorate the nursery, bond with a specific baby, and the technology exists so why not?

Reasons to wait may include: the excitement of not knowing, not knowing may help with coping during the last few weeks of pregnancy, knowing the sex is not important – you’ll love your baby either way, it’s the natural way to go

What do you plan to do?