Symptoms of Being Pregnant With a Boy
There are many myths about what a woman will feel like when she is pregnant with a boy. But that’s all they are: myths. The only way to tell a growing baby’s sex is to take a blood test (at nine weeks) or to get an ultrasound (between 18 and 20 weeks.
Some of the myths about pregnancy with a boy:
- Your morning sickness will be easier. Actually, morning sickness varies dramatically from one woman to another as well as between pregnancies.
- Your hair will be thicker and more luxurious. Hormones are very unpredictable and are operating in high-gear during pregnancy, but there is no scientific evidence that a woman’s hair changes while she is pregnant.
- You will crave salty, savory food. Cravings are related to the mother’s nutritional needs, not the baby’s gender.
- Heart rate under 140 = boy. There is no evidence to back up the idea that in-utero babies’ heart rates vary by gender.
What Are the Chances of Having a Boy?
Genetically, there is a 50% chance of having a boy and a 50% chance of having a girl. But there are actually slightly more boys born every year than girls. It’s unclear why this is the case, but some research theorizes that more female fetuses die during pregnancy than male. So your odds are slightly better than 50-50.
Most experts agree, however, that the gender of the child is completely random.
One thing to keep in mind: You are reducing the number of times you have intercourse when you try to select for one gender and not the other. Overall, this will reduce your odds of getting pregnant.
Here’s why. On average, the chances of getting pregnant each month are fairly low. Even healthy couples without any known fertility issues who are trying to conceive should remember that success may take time and effort. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a healthy couple who times intercourse properly only has a 25% chance of conceiving each month. If you are only having intercourse in a narrow window in order to increase your chances of having a boy, your odds of getting pregnant will be lower as a result.