Posts Tagged ‘ Baby Gender Reveal ’

Is Pregnancy Weight Gain Connected to Baby’s Gender?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Pregnancy Weight GainPeople are always looking for patterns to connect pregnancy symptoms with baby’s gender. And while many such connections are just myth based, there’s hard data to show that the latest pattern to emerge is totally grounded in reality: The more weight you gain during pregnancy, the more likely you are to deliver a boy.

This news comes from a study published in PLOS One, which analyzed data from nearly 70 million births over a close to a quarter century. It determined that increased pregnancy weight correlated with male babies.

When moms-to-be gained about 20 pounds, they delivered about 49 percent male babies—so under half. But when pregnant women gained 40 pounds, they delivered boys about 52.5 percent of the time. And when they gained 60 pounds, they delivered boys a notable 54 percent of the time. (Above 60 pounds, the connection went away.)

Why is this the case? Well, it’s not completely known. But Kristen J. Navara, the doctor who analyzed the data, wrote, “It is possible that this relationship results from the fact that male embryos and fetuses have higher metabolic rates, and likely need more caloric energy to develop successfully.”

Given that I delivered a boy and girl at the same time following my twin pregnancy, I’m never a great test of these theories. But I’d love to know if this jives with your experience—let me know in the comments!

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Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender

Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom, as well as a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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Fun Baby Shower Trend: Gender Reveal Cakes

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

hot baby shower trend: gender reveal cakeTwo of my favorite things in the world are cake and surprises, and those two things collide in one heaping serving of fun in the latest trend in baby showers: gender reveal cakes. That’s where the guests don’t know whether the mom-to-be is having a boy or a girl until the big news is revealed (hence the name), when the dessert is cut into and there is either pink or blue icing, or sometimes the yellow cake is dyed in the appropriate girl or boy hue.

Mini gender reveal cakes are in demand too. “Biting into a cupcake to find pink or blue buttercream is a very dramatic—and sweet—way to share the news of your baby’s sex with family and friends!” say Katherine Kallinis Berman  and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, co-owners of Georgetown Cupcake, authors of “Sweet Celebrations,” and stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

Sprinkles Cupcakes founder and a judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, Candace Nelson, agrees. “Gender reveal baby showers are an exciting way to announce if your baby-to-be is a boy or girl.” But her bakery takes it a step further. “If you want to be surprised too, simply have your doctor write ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ inside an envelope and bring it to us. We’ll keep your secret—even from you—until the big reveal!”

So if you’ve been wondering how to make your baby shower stand out, especially since you’ll be following a few of your friends’ fetes, get on trend with a gender reveal cake. I’m obsessed! Here are my picks for some of the best designs from bakeries across the country.

.Gender Reveal Cakes from Faithfully Cakes Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
“What the Duck Is It?” Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Faithfully Cakes Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Game On: Pink vs Blue. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Faithfully Cakes Pittsburg Pennsylvania

Nursery Rhymes. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Meadville Mississippi

“What Will They Bee?” Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Cake Pops Meadville Mississippi

Question Mark Cake Pops. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Rose Bakes Present Meadville Mississippi

A Pretty Package. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Georgetown Cupcake Washington DC

Rubber Ducky cupcakes. Designed by Katherine Kallinis Berman  and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne at Georgetown Cupcake.

Gender Reveal Cakes Cake Alchemy New York City

Pregnant Belly. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.

Gender Reveal Cakes Cake Alchemy Baby New York City

A Spring Arrival. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.

Gender Reveal Cakes Sprinkles Cupcakes Los Angeles California

All Things Baby. Designed by Candace Nelson at Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Batter and Buttercream Richmond Kentucky

He? She? Open & See. Designed by Pam Hembree at Batter and Buttercream Custom Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Magnolia Bakery New York City Baby Shower

Swirls. Designed by Magnolia Bakery.

Gender Reveal Cakes Love At First Bite West Palm Beach Floria Baby Shower Cakes

“It’s a ?” Designed by Kim Claisse Tolson at Love At First Bite Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes McGreevy Cakes Akron New York

Back to Nature. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.

Gender Reveal Cakes Bow Baby McGreevy Cakes Akron New York

Precious Present. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.

Tell us: Are you planning on having a gender reveal cake at your shower? Could you keep your baby’s sex a secret that long without blowing the news? Leave your comments below.

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