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Your Pre-Pregnancy Blood Pressure May Determine the Sex of Your Baby, Study Says

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Crazy cravings, the shape of your belly, and other myths have proven to be unreliable clues in figuring out the sex of your baby, but now scientists think one piece of health information may actually be useful.

A woman's blood-pressure level before conception may be a predictor of the sex of the baby she'll deliver, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Though the data doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship, there's a strong link between particular levels and giving birth to a girl or boy.

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Scientists found that women had who higher systolic blood pressure before becoming pregnant (a mean of 106 mmHg) tended to have boys, while women who had a lower blood pressure level (a mean of 103 mmHg) tended to deliver girls. This new information suggests that the mother's blood-pressure level may be a sign that something about her body makes it possible for her to carry a boy or girl to term.

The study analyzed blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, and glucose levels of more than 1,400 married women in Liuyang, China, around an average of 26.3 weeks before they became pregnant. "The only thing that was related was blood pressure, but blood pressure was strongly related," said study co-author Ravi Retnakaran, M.D., an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

While the findings are fascinating, researchers need to do further studies to prove that a mother's blood pressure can affect the sex of her baby. "One of the things we don't want is for people to look at this and think, 'Oh, we can manipulate the blood pressure before pregnancy and thereby change the chances of having a boy or a girl.' We definitely are not saying that, because we are not showing cause and effect," Retnakaran said.






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