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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!"

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