The Differences I’ve Noticed in Being Pregnant with a Girl vs. a Boy

boyvsgirl I know a lot of couples that from the second they get a confirmation that they’re expecting they’re already wondering what sex the baby is going to be. Some are patient and want that delivery room surprise; I am not that person. I found myself on google looking at all the old wives tales and researching the difference between boy and girl pregnancies. I know that every pregnancy is different and none of it is a science but it’s still fun! So, now that I’m further along and know for sure that this second baby is indeed a girl I decided to make note of all the differences between my two pregnancies that may or may not be an indication that this one was a different sex than my first! Again, obviously none of this is a science or researched, it’s just my opinion.

  • Below is ultrasounds of both my pregnancies around the same point of gestation. I was about 6-7 weeks in both as these were my confirmation of pregnancy ultrasounds. The picture on the right is a little zoomed in and he was actually implanted more on the left side of the picture. The little girl is implanted on the right side. I’ve seen some people online say that this is a sign of the sex because the “males swim farther.” I’m not sure if that’s true at all but in my case my children just so happen to start off on opposites sides.

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  • The heart rate of the babies is one of the most talked about differences between the two. Most people say that a lower heart rate signifies a boy when a higher will turn out to be a girl. Everett was always around 140 beats per minute even from when he was tiny. Baby girl is always between 160 and 170 beats per minute. I guess this wives tale holds true for me!
  • My morning sickness was a lot worse with my pregnancy with my boy. I vomited nearly every single day and felt nauseous constantly. This time I still get the random nausea moments but I don’t really vomit. I’m not sure which one is better, ha. I felt better after I got sick.
  • This time I have terrible sciatica. The first pregnancy I experienced little to no back pain whatsoever.
  • I feel generally “less attractive” and bigger this time around. I’m sure half of it has to do with the fact that I’ve started showing a lot sooner with this pregnancy than my first. I hear that’s very common.

    For example, this is me at 26 weeks with Everett. It’s basically exactly what my belly looks like now at 17 weeks. I’m a tad smaller but not much!

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  • I’m craving sweet things like crazy. I’ll make a full dinner and eat half of it because it just doesn’t hit the spot. I want things like cake, ice cream, and cookies. Of course, i’m not just eating that but I do indulge.

If you’ve had pregnancies with opposite sexes, I’d love to hear of any differences that you’ve noticed!

Our Plan For Gender Reveal on Baby #2

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With our first son we didn’t do much of a gender reveal. We went to the hospital for a routine ultrasound and found out the sex. The only thing that was a bit of a reveal about it was the fact that I graduated that evening and told everyone that I was going to wear either pink or blue shoes.

With this one I decided that I don’t want to find out by some stranger telling me while having the ultrasound. So i’ve done some thinking and decided on a bit of a more dramatic and exciting reveal.

THE PLAN
We have an early ultrasound planned for New Years Eve at noon. I’ll only be 15 weeks but they offer gender screening at this point. It’s not through my doctors office whom I’ll have one at 20 weeks but through a separate company. Yes, I’m impatient. Don’t judge me. We’re going to go in at noon and have them place the gender, if baby cooperates, in an envelope. We won’t be opening it and we’ll leave the office as clueless as we went in. From there, I’ll be heading over to a bakery and giving them the envelope. I’ll have them fill cupcakes with either pink or blue frosting.  Then, at midnight my husband and I will take big bites and find out what we’re having! I say midnight but we’ll see if I make it that long.

Maternity Clothing; Look Fabulous During & After Pregnancy

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I absolutely despise buying “maternity” clothing. I can’t fathom purchasing clothes that won’t fit a few months after my little one is born. I see it at a complete waste of money to only be able to wear something for a few months. Some of the clothes that are geared toward pregnant actually work for after baby but I think as soon as a company labels something “maternity” the price rises exponentially. I have found my own way to fight this system. The following items are my must have clothing items when I’m rocking my baby bump and I wear all of them after pregnancy.

Empire Waist Tops

71760287964VE_BLK_lg_v1_m56577569832491408Any shirt that is cut with an empire waist works perfect for my baby bump. They are baggy in the tummy area but still fit nicely in the chest. Since they’re currently in style, they’re easy and cheap to purchase.

The Maxi Dress

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I love a long cute Maxi dress anytime of the year and pregnancy is no exception. Most of them are made out of a very stretchy cotton so it’s not only comfortable but will fit.

Dresses That Flow

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I try to avoid having to wear dresses when pregnant because lets face it, most are not comfortable. I have found this type of high waisted flowy dress actually works out well. Like the empire waist style, it gives a great fit on top but doesn’t strangle the baby.

Tunics

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These are my favorite shirts wether pregnant or not. They are adorable, comfortable, and easy to wear. You can dress them up with accessories or down with a pair of simple jeans.

Leggings

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I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for leggings and yes, I wear them as pants. They’re stretchy, can be warm, and simple. The best part is they fit under my bump and can be warn 12 months out of the year.

Tank Tops

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I couldn’t live without my long tank tops. I don’t care if they are a spaghetti strap or a razor back; as long as they’re long it doesn’t matter. They stretch nicely to cover the bump and can be worn under every piece of clothing that you have.

Open Sweaters / Cardigans 

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We’re all not going to be pregnant during the summer months which means we need something to wear when it gets chilly. Sweaters are expensive as it is and I can’t imagine buying something I can only wear for one season. I’m a huge fan of open cardigans. Just because they won’t button over your bump doesn’t mean you can’t make them look amazing.

Wedges

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Just because I’m pregnant doesn’t mean I won’t rock a cute shoe. I’ve found that it’s much easier to find my balance and not roll an ankle in a pair of wedges.

I hope during your pregnancy you consider skipping some of the maternity clothes and prices and check out some other options. Remember, you can always try it on and if it doesn’t work for you and your bump, try again!