(Closed) Have you heard of this gender prediction myth?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

No.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I know my mother had 3 boys within 33 months.  If that helps that proves it. My dad is one of 5 boys born witn in 5 years.  That said, my mom is the second kid after a boy, born 11 months after her brother. I think it’s a myth, otherwise how do all those families have 3 or 4 of the same sex?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am female — my older sister is less than 13 months older than me.

My younger siblings are 14 months apart — and the youngest is a girl. So I’m going to go with “no” on this one!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Two of my co-workers have kids roughly 2 years apart so that means they probably got pregnant within 18 months of the first child being born. They both had girls as their second child. Also, I think Kourtney and Kim Kardashian are close in age and they are both girls. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think given that the chances are 50-50, you will find just as much anecdotal evidence that this is true as this is false.

All in all, I think it’s coincidence/myth.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with lilbluebird. My best friend and her older sister are 13 months apart. Her younger sister is 14 months younger.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My friend’s two daughters were born less than 18 months apart.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My friend had a daughter. She got pregnant 5 months after her first baby.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know a girl whose kids are exactly a year apart. First she had a boy, then a girl. So clearly not true.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

never heard of it

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My sister and I are 15 months apart.

The problem with these gender predicting myths is that you have a pretty good chance (50%!) of guessing the gender by making a purely random guess.  So half the time, it will look like the gender predictor works.  That’s enough to convince some people, even though if you look at it mathematically, it’s obviously just luck.

I don’t there are any gender predictors that have actually been substantiated in any way.  I most definitely wouldn’t base your decisions on when to get pregnant on something like that.

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@lilbluebird:  This, exactly. Basically any gender prediction thing there will be people saying they know it’s true because they know such and such people it was true for…but come on, basic math people! It’s like people just *knowing* they’re having a girl/boy and gloating when they’re right. There’s always a 50% chance you’ll have the myth-predicted gender.

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