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No linea nigra - have the scientist missed a way to predict the sex of your baby?

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nics1stbaby Fri 16-Aug-02 10:50:47

I am currently 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby. Following my 23 week scan, I know I am having a little boy. Two of my very good friends have recently had baby girls. They both had (have) a linea nigra, and I don't. Out of interest, I have asked around and I now know 3 other cases where with boys the Mums did not develop a linea nigra, and 2 other cases where the Mums had linea nigras with girls.

My friends and I realise that something like this is unlikely to have been missed by all those doctors and scientists, but hey, out of fun.. can anyone back this theory up??

Tinker Fri 16-Aug-02 10:56:53

Er, I had a girl and no linea negra! Sorry.

Tinker Fri 16-Aug-02 10:57:16

nigra even!

Enid Fri 16-Aug-02 10:59:53

I had a linea nigra and a girl first time - second time round I don't have one so we'll see!

WideWebWitch Fri 16-Aug-02 11:00:48

I didn't either and had a boy, which supports your theory!

Snugs Fri 16-Aug-02 11:01:33

Sorry to disappoint but I had a linea nigra, which eventually faded away completely, with first ds. Then with 2nd ds got it again, but this time it hasn't gone (or even faded much!)

dejags Fri 16-Aug-02 11:11:10

I had a boy and a linea nigra, so did my best friend

SueDonim Fri 16-Aug-02 11:16:22

I've got two boys and two girls and had linea nigra with each of them.

Harrysmum Fri 16-Aug-02 11:22:42

Can I ask what a linea nigra is?

ScummyMummy Fri 16-Aug-02 11:30:48

It's that darkish line down the middle of your belly that some women get in pregnancy, Harrysmum.
I had one and had 2 boys. I love this theory though Nics1stbaby!

lou33 Fri 16-Aug-02 11:31:40

Linea Nigra is the dark line that often runs from your belly button downwards when you are pregnant. It only happened with my first pregnancy, and i had a girl, but the other three that followed (1 girl 2 boys) it failed to appear.

monkey Fri 16-Aug-02 11:38:53

I had 2 boys, nothing 1st time, very pale 2nd

nics1stbaby Fri 16-Aug-02 11:57:24

...interesting hey. Maybe it was just a mad coincidence... then again, perhaps it occurs more frequently when having girls, with exceptions to the rule.

Let's see how the results pan out!

..I just love Mumsnet!

bossykate Fri 16-Aug-02 12:00:26

sorry nic1stbaby, i had a linea negra and have a little boy!

nics1stbaby Fri 16-Aug-02 12:02:38

Ho Hum. It was fun whilst it lasted...

Ellaroo Fri 16-Aug-02 13:38:36

nics1stbaby, my friends & I all follow the same pattern you noticed. Very weird, although mine still hasn't gone so I expect if I have a boy next time it will still be there. Apparently if you have very bad heartburn while pregnant it means the baby has a lot of hair - this was true for me.

Philippat Fri 16-Aug-02 14:24:33

no linea nigras, girl
no heartburn (loads of vomiting though ), lots of hair
Wedding ring on a string (and MIL) said girl, everyone else including MW (not the ones at the actual delivery obviously) said boy

Tissy Fri 16-Aug-02 14:30:03

Linea nigra, girl

Dreadful heartburn, bald

Joe1 Fri 16-Aug-02 14:54:28

No line, boy. Loads of heartburn, he too had little hair, not quite bald.

This time no line, but feel it could be a girl.

Rhubarb Fri 16-Aug-02 15:08:01

No morning sickness, no linea nigra, baby resting in classic 'boy position', but still had a girl.

nics1stbaby Fri 16-Aug-02 16:00:52


Apparently the linea nigra can remain for at least a year!

oh, a friend of mine had a little girl last week with a full head of thick dark hair, and she didn't have heartburn at all...

I do have heartburn though.. so come 8 to 12 weeks time we shall see hey.. ;o

batey Fri 16-Aug-02 18:01:32

No linea nigra-2 girls. Remember going for a hospital check up in the winter, Consultant had a student with him and asked him what the line on my tummy was called, He got it right, didn't have heart to tell him it was the indent of the seam on my tights!!!!

SueDonim Fri 16-Aug-02 18:21:20

ROFL, Batey!!! What a brilliant story!

With my last pg, the linea nigra sort of peeled off after some months, a bit like sunburn. Weird.

Joe1 Fri 16-Aug-02 18:53:40

Brilliant batey

jemw Fri 16-Aug-02 20:40:58

lol batey!

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