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Pregnancy Myths: Do Boys Get Pimples and Oily Hair?
Expectant parents often hear questionable wisdom about the possible gender of the child in the course of pregnancy. What is it about such theses? Will it be a girl when mom's beauty suffers? Or are blemished skin and oily hair signs of a boy?
Long before the gynecologist's ultrasound revelations were made, friends and relatives of a pregnant woman were making assumptions about the baby's gender. They name clues that can supposedly be used to determine whether a girl or a boy is on the move.
Isolde Voltz, a specialist in gynecology and obstetrics, considers sex prognoses based on external characteristics of the expectant mother to be nonsense. Most of these baby myths were no longer believed by our grandmothers. Nevertheless, some old wives' tales still hold up today.
Myth 1: Pointed belly = boy, round belly = girl?
This includes, for example, analyzing the shape of the growing belly: if it is pointed, it will be a boy, according to the old wisdom of pregnancy. If it is a round and spherical belly, this supposedly indicates a girl.
Experts, on the other hand, attribute the characteristic shape of the abdomen to the individual anatomy of women. For example, petite, slim pregnant women would often have a rather pointed, protruding belly, while those with a rather strong figure tend to have a wider baby ball. In addition, the shape of the abdomen can also be based on how the baby is lying straight.
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Myth 2: pregnancy sickness as an oracle
Another hypothesis is that nausea in early pregnancy heralds the birth of a girl. There is nothing in this myth either.
The nausea at the beginning of pregnancy, from which more than half of pregnant women suffer, is related to the increased level of the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This messenger substance ensures that the ovaries switch to pregnancy mode and that further egg cells no longer ripen each month for the time being.
Since the hormonal change does not work like a toggle switch, the body first has to get used to the pregnant state. Disorders in the gastrointestinal tract can then be the unpleasant consequence. Some women react differently to HCG than others. This predisposition is often inherited.
Myth 3: Girls steal the beauty of expectant mothers
Another old wives tale is the assertion that girls deprive their mothers of their attractiveness in order to be able to develop themselves particularly beautifully. This also lacks any medical basis.
Nevertheless, there seems to be a grain of truth behind the myth of "beauty theft". The only difference is that it is not the girls, but the boys that can negatively affect mum's appearance during pregnancy. "It is actually true that some women who are expecting a boy get blemished skin and tend to have straggly hair," admits gynecologist Voltz. "This has to do with the fact that the testicles of the male fetus produce testosterone from the 22nd week of pregnancy onwards. This also increases the concentration of this sex hormone in the mother's blood. "
Blockage of the sebaceous glands due to an increase in testosterone levels
The sebum glands react particularly intensely to the increase in testosterone. They produce more sebum, as sebum is scientifically called. This repeatedly leads to the glandular outlets on the surface of the skin becoming blocked and inflammation in the form of pimples - similar to what happens with many adolescents during puberty.
But the sex hormone does not work with the same intensity in all boys-to-be-mothers-to-be. "Many women who are expecting a son have flawless, rosy skin and beautiful hair despite the rise in testosterone," added the expert. "The reaction to the hormone release is very individual. If someone tends to have oily skin anyway, it is statistically more likely that pimples develop than with pregnant women, who have always been happy about slightly drier and less problematic skin."
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The old pregnancy myths survive despite modern medicine
Only an ultrasound examination by a gynecologist can really be sure of the baby's gender. The myths and legends surrounding pregnancy are unlikely to die out anytime soon.
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