He or She, What Will It Be: Old Wivesʹ Tales and Foetal Sex Prediction

  • Darjan Kardum* Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Osijek, Osijek; School of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
  • Željka Kardum Department of Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology, University Hospital Osijek, Osijek; School of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
  • Tihana Nađ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Osijek, Osijek; School of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
  • Andrijana Müller Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Osijek, Osijek; School of Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Osijek, Croatia

Abstract

Aim: A myriad of myths surround pregnancy, especially regarding the prediction of the sex of the infant. Some of these myths and old wives' tales are, to this day, widespread among expectant parents. The objective of this study was to examine whether common pregnancy-related statements regarding foetal sex prediction vary between mothers of female and male infants.


Methods: The questionnaire-based study was conducted from September 2017 to September 2018 at a well-baby nursery. Participants were mothers of infants (n = 350) admitted to the well-baby nursery with a singleton pregnancy and at > 36 weeks of gestation at birth.


Results: We investigated a number of statements regarding foetal sex prediction. With the exception of one statement, there were no other differences between mothers of male and female infants. Pregnancy with a male foetus is associated with glossier hair during pregnancy. Women with female newborns reported glossier hair during pregnancy in 39.1% of cases, while women with male newborns reported the same in 45.0% of cases (P = 0.04).


Conclusion: Old wives' tales regarding sex prediction of the infant during pregnancy remain myths for a reason, with the possible exception of one statement regarding glossier hair and pregnancy with a male foetus.


 (Kardum* D, Kardum Ž, Nađ T, Müller A. He or She, What Will It Be: Old Wivesʹ Tales and Foetal Sex Prediction. SEEMEDJ 2020; 4(1); 96-101) 

Published
Apr 24, 2020
How to Cite
KARDUM*, Darjan et al. He or She, What Will It Be: Old Wivesʹ Tales and Foetal Sex Prediction. Southeastern European Medical Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 96-101, apr. 2020. ISSN 2459-9484. Available at: <http://seemedj.mefos.unios.hr/index.php/seemedj/article/view/128>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26332/seemedj.v4i1.128.
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