Predicting Your Baby's Sex
How well can rings, dreams, or countenance foretell boy or girl? Some people swear by old wives' tales as foolproof methods for pregnancy prognostication.
'A Mystery and a Miracle'
Science -- in the form of modern imaging technology -- is far
more reliable at predicting baby's sex, but even ultrasound can't always boast
100% accuracy. Whether your ultrasound gets it right depends on a lot of
factors, including how far along you are in pregnancy, the quality of the
equipment, and most important, cooperation from the baby. Fetal positioning or
movement when the ultrasound is done may mean the technician can't get a clear
view of the genital area.
Crane doesn't think these tales will ever disappear. "The
sex of a child can hold particularly significant meaning to a woman.
Mostly we say we just want a healthy baby but secretly (and not so
secretly), many of us have dreams of mothering a child of a certain
sex," she says.
"There is so much we do not know about pregnancy and the
growing baby within us. It's a mystery and a miracle every
time. We know the science behind it, but there are such deep
emotions and awe at what happens to our body and mind during pregnancy.
Therefore, myths are generated to perpetuate our sense of awe around this
process. And heck -- it's fun to play around with this stuff!"