For Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, a common misconception is that you can assume your baby’s gender based on their position in the uterus, “Carrying high (or wide) means a girl, while carrying low (or narrow) means it’s a boy,” Dr. Gaither says.

According to Dr. Gaither, the position of the baby reveals less about the baby’s gender and more about the pregnant person’s body, “The manner in which a pregnant woman carries has nothing to do with the sex of the child, but everything to do with the woman’s abdominal musculature,” Dr. Gaither says. “The more ‘toned’ the abdomen, the ‘higher’ the gravid uterus will appear in the abdomen….conversely, the less ‘toned’ the abdomen, the ‘lower’ the gravid uterus will appear.”

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