Can the shape of a pregnant woman’s stomach predict the baby’s sex?

It is a fascinating phenomenon how people see a pregnant woman and immediately indicate they “know” what the sex of the baby will be by simply looking at mom-to-be’s stomach and examining her body shape.

Old wives’ tales are fun and interesting stories to listen to, but in this day and age have mostly been proven by medical technology to not really carry a specific or any high degree of accuracy. Despite this fact, in the midst of today’s technological evolution, many people still put a lot of stock into the older beliefs and philosophies. One popular technique of gauging the baby’s sex is by using the “stomach method” to determine a baby’s gender before they’re born.

How to tell ‘boy or girl’ by a woman’s stomach

The age-old tradition indicates women who are carrying low and all in the front will give birth to a bouncing baby boy, and if the mother’s body grows rounder and gains the most weight during the pregnancy in her hips, thighs and buttocks, this points to the baby being a sweet little girl.

While it is fun to guess, in reality, the way a baby is carried has no bearing on what the baby’s gender will be. How a baby is positioned is more or less based on a woman’s body build and the position the baby is laying in the uterus. Nowadays, the only surefire way to determine the gender of a baby is through modern technology using prenatal testing techniques.

Technology-based methods

The most common method used during prenatal examinations is to do an ultrasound, which is a relatively accurate and safe tool to use during pregnancy. Ultrasound technology takes measurements of and examines the features of an unborn baby by measuring sound waves in the uterus. During this routine procedure, during the mid-pregnancy ultrasound, the technician can run a scan over the genital area and take a peek and the machinery can determine a baby’s sex with a high percentage of accuracy (not always 100 percent though).

There are other diagnostic tests which may be done during pregnancy, such as chorionic villus (CVS) or amniocenteses, which can also assess the gender, but this tool is only used if the test must be done for other reasons because they do carry an element of risk.

Since the majority of pregnant women do not probably opt to have the latter tests, they most often look to the ultrasound to give the answer to the burning question of whether or not the baby is a boy or girl.

A 50/50 chance

Old wives’ tales using such non-scientifically based diagnostic directives have existed for centuries, and it’s interesting to wonder where and when these legends originated. Not much is really known about how or where these earlier gender determination methods used during the prenatal period came from, but today many people believe still place a high amount of belief and trust in their accuracy.

You’ve got to figure though, those who speculate based on these long time methods have got good odds. After all, they have a 50/50 chance of being right! Although, just to be sure, there is always the option of the mom-to-be sleeping on a particular side to determine her baby’s gender.