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Predicting gender by fetal heart rate

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Syd35 Thu 18-Dec-14 16:50:01

Just a bit of fun I guess but was at my midwife appointment today and we got to speaking about this old wives tale. Apparently if the heart rate is over 140 and sounds like a galloping horse when listened to on a Doppler it's a girl - if heart rate is below 140 and sounds like a train chugging along it's a boy.

Babies heart rate today was 128bpm and sounded more like a train so going by that theory it's a boy.

Anyone else rightly or wrongly predicted the gender based on heart rate and sound coming through the Doppler?

Bondy83 Thu 18-Dec-14 17:18:09

I'm having a boy his heart rate is usually around 140-150

tiggy2610 Thu 18-Dec-14 17:38:05

This little boy has a heart rate around 145-155. I suppose there's a 50/50 chance of the HB theory being correct so you never know! smile

eastcoastmum2014 Thu 18-Dec-14 17:41:38

My little girl tends to be around the 140-150 mark smile

shroomboom Thu 18-Dec-14 17:43:56

Can't remember her heart rate, but dd really did sound like a galloping horse!

MirandaWest Thu 18-Dec-14 17:45:34

DD consistently had a slower heart rate than DS so they were the wrong way round. As DS weighed 1.5 lb less than DD I do wonder if that had anything to do with it (ie a mouses heartbeat is faster then an elephants)

anythingbutinsomnia Thu 18-Dec-14 18:40:37

The theory has worked for me. DD had consistently 140+ heartbeat that was distinctly horse like. This time heartbeat is noticeably slower (even DH commented) and sounds very different - just found out at scan this morning that is a wee boy!

Syd35 Thu 18-Dec-14 19:44:47

Thanks for the comments and interesting anythingbut and congrats! Will update after our gender scan to see if it's true for us or not smile

rubyboo2 Thu 18-Dec-14 20:04:30

Early on my baby's hr was 140+ so I thought girl , he is a boy ! and his hr is usually 130-150 . x

GotToBeInItToWinIt Thu 18-Dec-14 20:09:51

When I was pregnant with DD the midwives always said... 'This one's a girl, it's heart sounds like a horse'. I'm 11 weeks pregnant with DC2 now and went for an early scan at 9 weeks. The woman doing the scan said 'ooh, nice galloping heartbeat' so I'm already convinced it's another girl! Of course I know it's absolute rubbish really and I have a 50% chance of being right wink

HulaHoopsInTheBath Thu 18-Dec-14 20:25:32

Im interested in this one!! I am 38 weeks and was told at the 12 wk scan nub theory suggested girl and 20 wk scan confirmed girl. My m/w today threw a spanner in the works by saying the heartbeat sounded very like a boy, 130bpm. She said not to rely on the scan. If Im having a boy, he's going to be wearing a lot of dresses (not that I am bothered either way so long as s/he is happy and healthy!)

LIG1979 Thu 18-Dec-14 20:40:01

Both mine have had high heartbeats. The 1st dc was a girl and this one is a boy. Sounds the same on a doppler too.

Sonoma Thu 18-Dec-14 20:51:49

The MW said the heartbeat "sounded like a boy" but not to rely on the 20w scan? hmm I'd go with the scan myself!!

OmnipotentQueenOfTheUniverse Thu 18-Dec-14 21:04:42

We didn't want to know the sex and refused all offers of telling us so imagine how pleased I was when the midwife who was inducing me at 42+2 said "it's a boy" based on the heartbeat (and not in an "I'm guessing" way but in a "this is a fact" way.

Anyway it was a girl....

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 18-Dec-14 21:08:36

It has been debunked in studies. It's just an old wives tail/bit of fun. smile

espa Thu 18-Dec-14 21:13:54

My newborn DD sounded like a train to me and while being monitored on ctg her heart rate fluctuated from 100 -180 so i wouldn't rely on that...

BananaToast Thu 18-Dec-14 21:15:24

At my 16 week appointment heart rate was 145, I'm having a boy.

DixieNormas Thu 18-Dec-14 21:17:00

They told me boys were faster, they guest a boy with dc1 which he was.

AlwaysLurking38 Sun 21-Dec-14 08:02:50

I can't remember the heart rates but my son sounded like a train. At my 16 week appointment with my daughter her heartbeat sounded like a horse running smile

Syd35 Sun 28-Dec-14 16:30:17

I said I would update after my gender scan and it's a girl so blows that theory out of the water smile

ShadowSuperNova Mon 29-Dec-14 01:14:53

A friend of mine was pregnant with non-identical twins, she chose not to find out the gender on the scans so didn't know for sure until the babies were born.

Throughout the pregnancy on the Doppler scans, one twin had a high heart rate and one had a low heart rate. She said that she was convinced that the twins would be a boy and a girl because she'd heard this theory too.

Both twins were girls. So not a good predictor in her case.

jingscrivvens Mon 29-Dec-14 11:12:27

worked with us - heart rate all the way through sounded like a train and out popped DS!

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