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Does fetal heart rate accurately predict baby gender?

Poll Results: Did the fetal heart rate accurately predict your baby's gender? Boy>140 Girls<140

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 37% (30)
    Yes
  • 62% (49)
    No
79 Total Votes  
post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
So I am interested in seeing how often the fetal heart rate was correct in the gender prediction of the baby.
They say if the babies heart beat is over 140 beats/minute it is a girl....anything under is a boy.
It was correct with my DS who's heart rate was 120 beats/minute....just went to the doctor and this one is 155 beats/minute.....so am I having a girl then????
Just curious if the heart rate was correct in predicting your baby's gender!!
post #2 of 29
Thread Starter 
AHHH!! I screwed up my less then /greater then signs!!! I don't know how to edit the poll!!

SORRY!!!

BOYS should be less than 140 beats/minute

GIRLS should be more than 140 beats/minute!
post #3 of 29
My dd's heart rate was almost always 160bpm or higher, so it was correct in that case. This baby so far it has been 170 one time and 150 the next time, so I guess that would mean girl again, but I am kind of getting boy vibes with this baby, so who knows.
post #4 of 29
We just had our ultrasound on Monday. The tech asked me what I thought the baby was, and I said "girl." She said, "Well, the heartbeat sounds like a boy, but we'll see." She was right. We were about 170 the first time the heartbeat was heard, and after that it has been in the 140s-130s.
post #5 of 29
I thought this was just a wives tale or bs when I heard it....but when BOTH my midwives said it last week, I had to ask if it was actually something people 'count' on. My homebirth midwife said it was 'pretty' accurate, and my hospital/prenatal midwife said it was 70% accurate.

but i am still in the early part of my pregnancy (17 weeks) and from what they said it isnt really an indicator until later in pregnancy, as all babies are fast beaters in the early stages.

my girl was 160. this time I was 160 at one visit, and 150 the last visit.....so who knows! its still high but it may be going down, lol
post #6 of 29
I don't know, because my **former** ob never told me such "unimportant" stuff like my baby's heartrate--i didn't even know they recorded that *rolls eyes*

I posted this question awhile back, and almost everyone who responded told me it was just an old wives' tale. A friend of mine, and a midwife on another messageboard both told me it was accurate, so if it is, i guess we're having a girl (always 160 bpm). Our ultrasound didn't tell us anything, because that stubborn little baby wouldn't move its feet from the area of interest, haha!
post #7 of 29
Nope! All 3 of my kids have the heart rate of the opposite sex!
post #8 of 29
Ever since I had a nonstress test on my daughter I can't believe anyone can think this is true. I watched the strip as her heartbeat continuously fluctuated from 120 to 160 and down again. (This is what all babies do by the way).

Babies heartrates don't stay at a particular speed, they vary greatly from minute to minute and hour to hour. How on earth then does that predict the gender? at your appointment the midwife listens for less than a minute - this is a snapshot of the heartrate at that time, a minute later it could be above or below that line.
post #9 of 29
Both my dd's were in the 160's at all times and they were girls, my midwife has it the other way around girls>140, boys<140. So this way it was accurate, but as it is above it was not accurate.

This one is at exactly 140 the 2 times we checked. Baby is going to keep us guessing until his or her arrival.
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Carsonsmama
AHHH!! I screwed up my less then /greater then signs!!! I don't know how to edit the poll!!

SORRY!!!

BOYS should be less than 140 beats/minute

GIRLS should be more than 140 beats/minute!


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post #11 of 29
Nope. My DD's rate was always around 140 throughout the entire pregnancy.
post #12 of 29
My mom said that this was true and that my heartrate was <150 during her pregnancy and so she swears this is a girl because the heartrate is always over 150. I asked my midwife about it and she said that it was basically an old wives' tale but that it would be interesting to compare heartrates and sex in families and see if there's some sort of corrolation.
post #13 of 29
It doesn't have anything to do with it. When their little hearts first start beating they become very fast, like 180s, and then as they grow, they slow down. So your "girl" at 3 months may be a "boy" at 6 months!
post #14 of 29
The heartrate is more affected by size. Think hummingbird vs. elephant. When the baby is 13 weeks then it makes more sense to be 180's. Then as the baby grows it slows down. Boys tend to be bigger than girls on average so they tend to have a slower heartbeat, but necessarily.
post #15 of 29
DD1's heartrate stayed around 160 most of the time.
DD2's heartrate stayed around 130...

I voted no.
post #16 of 29
It was with my first. My second (who is a boy) however, is all over. But he is always over 140.
post #17 of 29
My Dd was always 160-170,....with this second pregnancythe heart rate was always in the 140's. We though..boy, but nope, it's another girl!!!

We're sure, I had to have 2 level II sonos.
post #18 of 29
Wrong for us! DS was always around 170
post #19 of 29
I think it's just one of those things - it seems to be "right" for a lot of people, but sometimes it isn't! It was right for all three of my kids, *toward the second half of the pregnancy*. Early on they all had the higher rate heartbeart, but toward the end my boys were routinely around 130 or 140, and my daughter was in the 150s. It's also been right for most of my friends and family. It may not be scientific or make sense, but not everything does!, and there are probably equal numbers of doctors and midwives who either do or don't believe in it. It's just fun.
post #20 of 29
hmmm well, my ds' heartrate was always between 150-160 all pregnancy .... and he is a boy! hmmm... I wouldnt think you can judge the gender by that... it reminds me of when i was in my mamas belly and the dr was insistent that I was a boy (before ultrasound) because I was so active and big and kicked a lot!
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