According to the American Journal of Hypertension, a recent study has found that external physiological factors and can contribute in determining the gender of a baby. It is possible for women to undertake certain measures prior to conception that will enable them to tilt the odds in their favour regarding the gender of their baby.
A research by scientists, led by Dr Ravi Retnakaran, believe they have found the key factor to conceive a baby with the sex of your choice - a woman’s blood pressure! Women with a higher blood pressure are more likely to give birth to a boy as compared to women having a lower blood pressure.
The groundbreaking research, conducted by a group of doctors at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, suggests that women with high blood pressure have a 45% higher chances to have a boy than those who do not.
Dr Retnakaran said their findings “suggest that a woman’s blood pressure before pregnancy is a previously unrecognised factor that is associated with her likelihood of delivering a boy or girl.”
What Does This Research Say?
To examine whether the blood pressure had any direct implication with determination of the sex of the baby, 1,411 Chinese women who were planning to conceive in the near future, were selected as the subjects of the study.
All these women underwent a series of medical tests at the beginning of their pregnancy as well as during their pregnancy. These included blood pressure level examination, cholesterol level examination, triglycerides and glucose level examination. These assessments were carried out at median 26.3 weeks before pregnancy. The pregnancies resulted in 739 male childbirths as compared to 672 female childbirths.
Post the whole analysis and taking all previous medical results into consideration, it was concluded that the mean systolic blood pressure before pregnancy was found to be higher in women who subsequently had a baby boy than in those who gave birth to baby girls. With a considerable difference between the mean blood pressure of women who gave birth to boys as compared to women who gave birth to girls (106.0mmHg as compared to 103.3 mmHg), the study concluded that high blood pressure in women did affect the gender of the baby.
Conventional scientific theories suggest that the sex of a foetus is determined by the factorization of X and Y chromosomes in genetics. However, with this latest study surfacing, the chances of blood pressure playing a potentially key factor in sex determination cannot be ignored.
Lifestyle choices like consumption of alcohol, smoking, excessive stress levels, lack of physical exercise, obesity, higher intake of salt in food, or genetics can cause high blood pressure in women.
Should We Be Worried?
Lead researcher Dr Retnakaran warned that the findings of this study "could be particularly problematic and potentially dangerous in populations which may favour the birth of one sex over the other."
This could be due to the fact that they could try to artificially manipulate a mother’s blood pressure levels to suit their requirements.
High BP is mostly concerning as it can cause heart diseases and stroke, which is a leading cause of death in India and thus, could affect the mother as well. Especially in a country where unfavourable sex ratio and preference of male child is a glaring problem, this study can be more of a bane than a boon.
With people in India preferring the male gender for their baby, a number of unproven methods are often employed to help conceive a baby boy. These include:
- Employing certain sex positions that provide deeper penetration.
- Trying to conceive a day after the woman ovulates.
- Having cough syrup that contains guaifenesin.
- Switching to an alkaline diet for a few days before conception.
- Increasing caffeine intake of the father.
While these methods are seemingly harmless, the results of the new study could lead to a potentially harmful situation for expectant mothers who are willing to or forced to risk their health for the want of a baby boy.Source
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