When I was about 10 weeks pregnant, we decided that we wanted to find out the gender of our baby early. A friend of ours actually offered to throw us a gender reveal and sent us this at-home blood test to take, which promised a 99% accuracy rate.
I was so nervous about taking it because I had to be incredibly sterile since any male DNA could potentially contaminate the results, and well, I live with 5.
But on the day of our gender reveal, to my surprise, we got covered in PINK dust!! Then, at our 20-week scan, the ultrasound technician didn’t see a little penis between those legs, so our blood test results were confirmed and reality began to set in!
Now, I’m always asked if I knew it was a girl before getting our SneakPeek test results. Of course, there were some major signs with this pregnancy that were different from when I carried my four boys, but when you’re used to hearing “It’s a boy!” you just try not to even get your hopes up.
Looking back, I am so confident in all the baby girl signs and symptoms I had, I decided to share them with you. Because I know what it’s like when you’re playing the waiting game.
Immediately I noticed that I was super sensitive to salt and salty-type foods. That was so weird to me because I never turned down a bag of chips or a burger before. And when I was pregnant with my boys, I wanted pizza, chicken, tacos — basically my diet didn’t change.
I wasn’t necessarily craving anything “sweet” either. And according to the Old Wives Tales gender prediction, that would mean I’m having a girl.
So I knew I was having a girl, not because of my food cravings, but because of my food aversions.
My only cravings have been foods with cheese or anything made with chicken.
Once I got that positive pregnancy test result I kept waiting to “feel” pregnant. It’s hard to explain, but with my boys, I had a calming feeling come over me each time. Almost like I was glowing on the inside before I started glowing on the outside.
But, instead of feeling light and airy in the early weeks of this pregnancy, I kept experiencing PMS symptoms.
So I knew I was having a girl because my temper was shorter, I was consistently irritable, and I had no desire to have sex.
When I was pregnant with my boys, I was all over my husband.
How We Conceived
As I shared in my pregnancy announcement post, we weren’t actually “trying” to conceive, but we weren’t doing anything to take precautions either. So this pregnancy came at a surprise!
Especially because when we had sex, it was 6 days before I was estimated to ovulate, so I kind of thought we were in the clear. But a quick Google search made me realize that once inside, sperm can live up to five days.
So I knew I was having a girl because with our boys, we always had sex within 1-3 days of ovulation.
And since girl sperm can outlive boy sperm, I figured the only way I could’ve gotten pregnant was because only the girl sperm remained.
Thank goodness I got pregnant over summer break because I was exhausted. When I was pregnant with my boys, I was a lot more energetic and ready to buy everything in every baby store.
But this time around, I was sleeping all day and night for days at a time, only getting out of bed to use the bathroom. At first, I didn’t know if the difference was because I had my boys in my twenties, and now I’m pregnant in my thirties.
I kind of knew I was having a girl because I felt so drained.
And they say, pregnant women carrying girls have a greater chance of experiencing nausea and fatigue.
Nausea was something that never affected me after my first child. I actually prided myself on my ability to keep it under control. But when I got pregnant this time around, I felt like a first-time mom.
So I knew I was having a girl because I had to seek nausea relief.
I relied on these morning sickness sweets which were a lifesaver! I almost finished the entire bag.
So there you have it, all the signs and symptoms I had that made me feel like I was carrying a girl after having four boys! I hope that by sharing my experience it gives you a little peace of mind.
But I urge you to try not to get too caught up in all this stuff. Rest and enjoy your journey, mama! xx