Boy or Girl? Blood Pressure Before Pregnancy Predicts Baby’s Sex

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Do you want a baby boy or girl? You may now be able to choose a recent study suggests. And it has everything to do with blood pressure prior to pregnancy.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension (2017) found that blood pressure before pregnancy says a lot about fetal sex. Measuring your BP may potentially point to the likelihood of you having a boy or girl.

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Your doctor may now be asking, “Would you like a boy or girl?” What was once nearly impossible to predict or choose may now be as simple as checking your blood pressure.

All this decision making about your baby’s sex is possibly determined way before pregnancy too. The study evaluated the association between pre-pregnancy and the sex of a baby.

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It all began in 2009, when 1411 women were examined over a median period of 26.3 weeks.

The researchers, led by Dr. Ravi Retnakaran at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, checked the study participants’ blood pressure, glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol.

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The study resulted in 739 boys and 672 girls. What researchers found in their analysis is certainly shocking and exciting for any mom-to-be.

After adjustments were made for BMI, age, tobacco use, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose, blood pressure became a notable marker behind the boy or girl question.

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Researchers found that systolic blood pressure was higher in women prior to pregnancy for those who had a boy at 106.0 mm Hg. Slightly higher when compared to those who had a girl at 103.3 mm Hg.

This has led to blood pressure being an isolated indicator to determine boy or girl.

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Being healthy prior to pregnancy is an important factor for moms-to-be. Checking blood pressure may predict boy or girl, but it also gives you a deeper look into other risk factors you may experience while pregnant.

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What was once an unknown may finally be a recognized method for determining a baby’s sex. The study could have an impact on preconception planning and how sex is evaluated in humans, noted Dr. Retnakaran.

There are several other factors you should consider before getting pregnant too. Eating healthy, staying fit, watching your waistline, decreasing alcohol intake, and reducing stress are all important lifestyle choices before conception.

If you have pregnancy questions, talk to a doctor online to get fast, secure, and informative results. Ensure you and your baby’s health is a priority.

Would you check your blood pressure to decide if you want a boy or girl?

Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker:

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