Does My Pregnant Belly Tell Me if It Is a Girl or Boy?

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Question: Does my pregnant belly tell me if I am carrying a girl or a boy?

Answer:

Your pregnant form is one that does give a lot of information about your pregnancy. At every prenatal visit, you doctor or midwife will measure it to ensure that it is growing. Here they are actually measuring your fundal height - the top of your uterus from the pubic bone. This will grow every week throughout your pregnancy and is usually measuring, in centimeters, within a number or two of the number of weeks that you are, after your twentieth week.

 So if you are 22 weeks pregnant, you'd expect that the measurement would be 20-24 centimeters.

The size and shape of your pregnant belly has absolutely nothing to do with the sex of your baby. It merely represents the position your baby, placenta and uterus have decided to take and don't influence the sex of the baby at all. So while you may have heard that carrying high is a girl and low is a boy, it might not be true for you at all.

"I was carrying high, so everyone said that I was going to have a baby girl," says Amanda, pregnant with her second baby. "I was hoping that they were right because I already had a little boy, but the ultrasound showed that I have another little boy on the way. So, I guess it's just fun and games."

Sometimes a woman will carry high and have a boy, and carry low with a girl. This might even change from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women consistently carry higher or lower with all their pregnancies.

Or you may feel like you are carrying lower with a pregnancy that is after your first. This can depend on a lot of factors.

"This baby is so, so low," said Robin. "I feel like I have a bowling ball between my legs. I'm late in my pregnancy and my OB says it's normal, just a product of having two other babies.

I had one baby that was high and one that was low - both were girls. We've decided to be surprised this time, though the folklore is fun to play around with for sure."

Why does your pregnant belly look like it does?

What does a pregnant girl belly look like? Or a boy pregnant belly? The truth is, it would be wonderful if we had something externally visible that would tell us the sex of the baby before it was born, but so far, we haven't yet found that to be true. The size and shape of your belly are largely about how your body is in general, how you carry yourself, how your uterus grows, and how your baby situates themselves on any given day inside your uterus.

If you or your doctor or midwife have concerns about your baby's position or the size or shape of your belly, be sure to discuss the issue together. Many times, a simple discussion will make you all feel better. If there are other concerns, an ultrasound might ease your fears.

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