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Determining Baby's Gender Can Be Done Through Blood Pressure

Update Date: Jan 17, 2017 03:16 AM EST
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Medical experts have now found a way of determining an unborn child's gender by measuring the mother's blood pleasure. The study was conducted by a team lead by Ravi Retnakaran, endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Canada.

Published in the American Journal of Hypertension on Jan. 12, Retnarkan pointed out to a woman's blood pressure as a previously unrecognized factor that is associated with her likelihood of delivering a boy or a girl. According to The Times of India, those with higher blood pressure delivered a boy while those with a lower figure had girls. 

The study was set in Liuyang, China where researchers gathered 3,375 newly married women who were planning to be pregnant in the future. To qualify they were given medical assessment 26.3 weeks before conception.

Only 1,692 of these women went through "cardio metabolic characterization" that includes anthropometry and measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose testing.

281 women were found potentially pregnant at their baseline and were excluded from testing. Thus, only 1,411 women were closely monitored regularly through gestation until delivery.

Age, education, smoking, BMI, waist circumference, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels were also tested to determine whether these factors would make a difference in the study. Researchers continued to test these women until delivery at approximately 39 weeks, where a total of 739 boys and 672 girls were born. 

The study found systolic blood pressure was higher in women who had a boy compared to women who had a girl (106.0 vs 103.3106 millimeters of mercury). Researchers concluded that "Maternal blood pressure before pregnancy is a previously unrecognized factor that may be associated with the likelihood of delivering a boy or girl."

This opens the exciting possibility for married couples of planning the sex of their baby just by lowering or increasing blood pressure. Dr. Axe shared a few tips, which include eating food rich in omega 3, consuming 5mg of magnesium daily and having potassium-rich food to avoid hypertension. 

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