The Old Wives’ Tale of How You Carry and the Gender of Your Baby

If you are newly pregnant, then you will find that you are immediately met with all sorts of advice and information. Some of it may be helpful and some of it may be worth tuning out. As you progress through your pregnancy, you may be amazed to find out that the unsolicited and often unwanted advice continues. You want to be careful so as not to offend anybody that wishes to share their experiences or advice with you.

It can all get to be a bit overwhelming as you not only hear conflicting information, but also a lot that you know firsthand is wrong. One such instance is the old wives’ tale that seems to always rear its ugly head. There are people, particularly old timers, that truly believe some of these old myths that have traveled their way through time. If you have been told about any of them, such as how you carry your baby determining the gender of your baby, then it’s high time to stay tuned to the real meaning behind them.

Is It Really An Indication?

One of the biggest myths that have traveled through timeless pregnancies and number of years is that of how you carry your baby. If you have never heard of it, then you are likely to be hit up with it as you progress through your pregnancy. The old wives’ tale goes that if you are carrying your baby lower, then you are inevitably having a boy. If you are carrying your baby high, then you must be having a girl.

This may sound familiar and you will likely be told this myth at some point in your pregnancy if you haven’t already. It’s one of those myths that are so well traveled and so timeless that many people really and truly believe this. You may even find that you are told this by a nurse or a medical professional who should know better than to believe in these often silly myths. Go ahead and humor the storyteller by listening to their story, but avoid the temptation to buy into it and believe that it is real.

There is a Reason for Everything

If you look up any of these old wives’ tales including this one at a reputable source such as this, then you will quickly see that there is no real merit to this sort of myth. In fact you carrying high or low is simply an indication of the position of the baby and how your body responds to it. This has a lot to do with the placement and development of the uterine and pelvic muscles throughout pregnancy. This can be contributed to by your own build of your body before pregnancy, as well as how your body responds to the pregnancy along the way.

If you are carrying high, then that means that the baby is located in the upper part of the uterus. If you are carrying high, then it means that your baby is located closer to the pelvis. The only thing to be concerned with if you are carrying low is that if you happen to be carrying the baby too low, it can cause things such as premature labor. Though this isn’t a certainty, it is something to ask your healthcare provider about to ensure that proper tests are run. It doesn’t however determine the gender of your baby, so avoid the temptation to listen to such talk!