Visible evidence of your baby is a boy or girl can be seen by approximately 11 Weeks, though for many parents, this week is the lead up to a 20-week ultrasound. Of course, you get to choose whether or not to have a routine ultrasound. It’s also an option whether or not to keep baby’s sex a surprise for the birthday!

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Baby’s sex has a little influence on fetal positioning: Boys have a minimally higher chance of being posterior at birth than girls (Susan Ponkey, 2003). Why? Because boys are slightly bigger by average than girls, which may make rotation somewhat more challenging for some. What does this mean to you? Add balance to your body and, your baby (whether a girl or boy) will be able to rotate more easily.

Emotionally, discovering your child’s sex may conjure feelings learned about gender — the story we learned about boys and girls while growing up. If you choose to find out your baby’s sex, pay attention to your emotions. What is the story you tell yourself about gender?

Make yourself a cup of tea and set aside 5-10 minutes to explore what finding out your baby’s sex might mean to you.

  1. Is having either a girl or boy important to you or your partner?
  2. List five things you see as the advantages of parenting a girl. List five things you see as advantages of parenting a boy.
  3. Identifying your baby’s biological sex is not comfortable for everyone. If you relate to this gender topic in a unique way, you may like to list a couple of advantages of your view to help relatives and others share your language so they can support your parenting choices with your child(ren).

We acknowledge that gender is a very limited way of relating to people, even to our children — or perhaps, especially our children. Spinning Babies® welcomes the great variety in today’s discussions on individual identity.

This Week
1Spinning Babies® Activity of the Week
Weekly Affirmation

Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy:

“My baby chose me for a reason. I give thanks and welcome baby as a unique individual.”

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