TRUTH OR TALE NO. 4

Posted on 31 January 2018

If your unborn baby’s heart rate is above 140bpm, it’s a girl.

ANSWER: Tale

The truth is this is nothing more than a tale.

Most gender-determining myths and tales date back to a time when modern ultrasounds and scans didn’t exist. As a result, parents-to-be, doctors, family, and friends were often looking for other ways to determine a baby’s gender.

Despite the prevalence of the tale that a baby’s heart rate exceeding 140 bmp indicates it’s a girl, and a heart rate lower than that indicates it’s a boy, numerous studies have proven that there is no correlation between a baby’s heart rate and its sex.

What is important to note, however, is that a heart rate of anywhere between 120-160 bmp is to be considered healthy and normal, irrespective of the baby’s gender.

Sources: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16354993

Published in Healthy Life

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