Post # 1
Last week, one of my sisters-in-law told me that if you get pregnant immediately after your first/previous child is born (like 18 months or less), that next baby will be a boy.
Has anyone else heard of this, or had it happen to them?
I couldn’t find any mention of this on the Internet, but my other SIL is so convinced it’s true (she is now pregnant with #2 15 months after the birth of her daughter) that she recently asked Darling Husband and other family members to pick up/save old baby boys’ clothes for her *before* the gender of the baby is even revealed at her 5 month ultrasound.
Just curious to know your take on this 🙂
(P.S. I’m aware that many doctors don’t recommend planning multiple pregnancies in quick succession. I certainly wouldn’t want to if I can help it, but I was just wondering if this “myth” had any validity to it at all.)
Post # 4
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 # 5
Oopsies posted in Beehive by accident–thank you for moving this to the correct board 🙂
Post # 6
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 # 7
@MrsTidwinkle: No, I have two daughters, just under 14 months apart.
Post # 8
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
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
I agree with lilbluebird. My best friend and her older sister are 13 months apart. Her younger sister is 14 months younger.
Post # 11
My friend’s two daughters were born less than 18 months apart.
Post # 12
My friend had a daughter. She got pregnant 5 months after her first baby.
Post # 13
I know a girl whose kids are exactly a year apart. First she had a boy, then a girl. So clearly not true.
Post # 15
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.
Post # 16
@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.