By Mummy Contributor Amanda Howard (@littlenancygifts)
I have read the myths about pregnancy and what sex you're having - the old wives' tales, the craving of sweets over savoury, the carrying high versus carrying low and wide.
I never really believed them and found that for every person who said one thing, two others discounted it. So what does it all really mean?
I can honestly and sincerely tell you that in my personal case there were some clear and definite differences between my two boy pregnancies and my current girl pregnancy.
1. Morning sickness - for the boys it lasted around 13-16 weeks for both and was nasty but manageable as long as I ate crackers first thing in the morning. I had them by the bed and would need to eat as soon as my eyes were open and anytime that instant pang of hunger hit me. With baby girl, not so much! My morning sickness was still going strong at 18 - 20 weeks and was brutal. The 'cannot get out of bed, crawling to get to any other part of the house, barely able to stand, rocking back in forth in actual pain' type nausea! I mean, c’mon!!
2. Sore boobs - In all the books and in all the pamphlets ‘they’ say "breast tenderness can be an indication of pregnancy" but for me I’ve never really been the tender boob type. It just never happened for me, not while I was getting regular periods or during my boy pregnancies. But hello baby girl, I am now aware of what living with ‘tender breasts’ is really like. As this is my third babe after two boys I am wrestling a 3 and 1/2 year old and 17 month old with tender boobs. That shit hurts! It's like they seek them out, knocking them and leaning on them like they are there own personal pillows!!
3. Carrying the girl babe v boy babes - Girl baby, I am a barrel. Huge, round, pregnant pregnant belly, that is spread WIDE. Now, this could also have something to do with this being the third pregnancy and my stomach muscles have just laughed and said ‘yeah forget it, we ain't holding ourselves together for you this time mumma!’ I seriously have felt like I was between 30-35 weeks pregnant since about 25 weeks. With the boys I put on a lot of fluid but the bellies were a little more subtle!
4. The hair factor - When pregnant with the boys my hair stayed thick with little fall out and did a massive shed about three months after birth. During my girl pregnancy I feel like my hair has continued to fall as per normal and I fear the post birth hair shed may mean I have nothing left!! Luckily I have an embarrassingly large headband collection to choose from that covers my baby hairs growing back!
Prior to the 20 week scan I kept thinking to myself that all of this could mean nothing. Each pregnancy is different, as each baby is different, but if someone asked me to put money on it and you HAVE to choose BOY or GIRL I would have said girl.
I did notice so many differences between the two sexes. I am, however, completely aware that despite me noticing these differences the ultrasound could have revealed a boy baby in the belly and all of this would have been completely dis-proven. Clear as mud hey!
I am 39 weeks pregnant now and the baby has not been born yet so watch this space to see if in fact it is a little pinkie I am carrying or not!