There’s great speculation in the UK – and probably the rest of the world – following an almost Royal slip-up.
“Is that for our d. . .?” she said before quickly stopping herself from continuing the sentence.
Was she about to say “daughter?” That’s the question on everyone’s lips here – prompting speculation that Catherine – Kate – and her husband, Prince William will become proud parents to a baby girl in the summer.
But when asked by another member of the crowd if she had been about to reveal her baby’s sex, Kate just smiled, wagged her finger and said “no!”
Research shows that around 47 per cent of parents-to-be now want to know whether they are having a boy or a girl, with the rest still happy to keep it a secret until the big day.
Is it a girl or is it a boy?
Did you find out the sex of your baby at your ultrasound scan? We’d like to hear from you if you did. And if so, what were your reasons? Or did you want to keep it a surprise?
Some mums-to-be might choose not to go ahead with an ultra-sound scan because of controvery over whether they are safe or not. While one Australian study, carried out by the University of Western Australia, categorically concluded that scans caused no harm to the unborn baby, some scientists have claimed that ulttra-sound scans could be causing subtle but profound damage to the baby in the womb.
In particular, a puzzling link between the scans and an increase in the incidence of left-handedness was noticed. But not everyone is convinced by these findings. One leading obstetrician called the study ‘flawed’ and said that it risked scaring women unnecessarily.
Good old-fashioned ways to tell the sex
All of this got us wondering – are there any good, old-fashioned ways to tell your baby’s sex? Some claim the shape of the bump could give the game away. If it’s high and neat it’s a boy, if it’s low and spreads around the sides of mum, it’s a girl!
Some say, a piece of thread and a wedding ring can do the job. Tie the ring to a length of thread or cotton and dangle it over your bump (it’s best to get someone with a steady hand to do this for you.) If the ring goes round and round in circles, it’s a boy, if it swings from side to side, it’s a girl.
Other old wife tale claims that you’re expecting a boy include if you crave meat and protein, if the hair on your legs grows more quickly than usual and – perhaps this is our favorite – if your nose is spreading!
According to folk lore, if your left breast is larger than your right, if you crave sweets or orange juice or f you face breaks out in spots, it’s a girl!
And what about this: Add your age at conception to the number of the month you conceived (ie January would be 1, February 2 and so on), if the number is even your baby will be a boy, if the number is odd, it will be a girl.
Now of course, we can’t guarantee any of these will give you an accurate result – so don’t start painting that nursery just yet!
Maybe you’ve got your own method to tell the sex – if so, let us know by posting your comments below.
And maybe, like Kate, you’re expecting a baby this summer? Kate’s baby is due in mid-July. We’d love to hear from you if you are expecting a happy delivery around that time!
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting some special baby blogs in anticipation of the new Royal arrival, so make sure you keep stopping by to check them out.