Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
People 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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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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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Two 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.
“What the Duck Is It?” Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
Game On: Pink vs Blue. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
Nursery Rhymes. Designed by Tammy Guadagnoli at Faithfully Cakes.
“What Will They Bee?” Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
Question Mark Cake Pops. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
A Pretty Package. Designed by Rose Atwater at Rose Bakes.
Rubber Ducky cupcakes. Designed by Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne at Georgetown Cupcake.
Pregnant Belly. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.
A Spring Arrival. Designed by Lauri Ditunno at Cake Alchemy.
All Things Baby. Designed by Candace Nelson at Sprinkles Cupcakes.
He? She? Open & See. Designed by Pam Hembree at Batter and Buttercream Custom Cakes.
Swirls. Designed by Magnolia Bakery.
“It’s a ?” Designed by Kim Claisse Tolson at Love At First Bite Cakes.
Back to Nature. Designed by Shawna McGreevy at McGreevy Cakes.
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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