Just because almost every boy/girl prediction test has been debunked doesn’t mean we aren’t still suckers for a new gender guessing game; the latest comes from science –so maybe it’s more legit than the rest…?
According to new research, a surprising factor — maternal blood pressure — could play a role in whether your future holds sugar ‘n’ spice…or Spiderman underpants. What’s especially fascinating about the findings is that the blood pressure’s effect on gender reportedly occurs before conception — talk about planning ahead.
Researchers assessed women planning to get pregnant before conception up until delivery; 739 boys’ and 672 girls’ births were observed.
The results of the study indicated a relationship between maternal systolic blood pressure and the sex of the babies. Specifically, higher blood pressure was linked to a higher incidence of boys, while lower blood pressure appeared to correlate with birthing girls.
“[This research] suggests that a woman’s blood pressure before pregnancy is a previously unrecognised factor that is associated with her likelihood of delivering a boy or a girl,” explains study author Ravi Retnakaran, M.D..”This novel insight may hold implications for both reproductive planning and our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underlying the sex ratio in humans.”
As always, however, a connection doesn’t imply cause. After all, it’s the genetic info from Dad that directly dictates gender; but it still could be that Mum’s health has a part to play — as it does in every other aspect of pregnancy.