The guessing game begins almost as soon as you get a positive result on a pregnancy test. Will it be a girl? Or a boy?
My midwife said that is baby is moving around alot then heart beat will be fast and if baby is a sleep then heart beat will be slower so don't believe any of it. My midwife said that if baby is active the heart beat is but is sleeping then lower so its not worth listening to it. Unfortunately it is bit of an old wives tale.
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The medical literature is rife with all sorts of claims about unusual ways to predict the sex of an unborn baby. One that has been around for decades, and has even gained some acceptance, is the idea that fetal heartbeat is faster among girls. Rates above beats per minute, it is said, are typical for girls; below that, look for a boy.
Monitoring the heart helps your health care provider know how your baby is doing. A provider may do fetal heart monitoring later in pregnancy and during labor. As the baby responds to different conditions in the uterus, the heart rate can change.
In the end, families are happy to welcome their healthy new addition regardless of sex. The process through which gender is determined is called human sexual differentiation. All eggs contain an X chromosome, while sperm can have an X or a Y chromosome.
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Ultrasounds have a variety of purposes during pregnancy, but the use that often receives the most attention is its ability to reveal the sex of the baby. Some parents-to-be can't wait to find out whether they're having a boy or a girl, while others choose to put off knowing the sex until birth. Either way, a sonogram — the grainy, black-and-white image that results from an ultrasound scan — will be baby's earliest picture and a couple's first chance to see the developing fetus.