Pregnancy symptoms for a boy

Signs You Are Pregnant With a Boy

Wondering if you’re having a baby boy or a baby girl? Here are the most common pregnancy symptoms for a boy many pregnant women have! Are these just myths? After having 3 baby girls, I explain in detail the different pregnancy symptoms I had with my baby boy compared to my little girls! 

As soon as a woman finds out she’s pregnant, the most common question she asks herself is what gender will the baby be?

There are many myths and old wives’ tales that can give us some hints about the sex of your baby but are they actually true?

Keep reading below to hear about the most common pregnancy symptoms for a boy and what I experienced personally that let me know I was finally pregnant with a boy after having 3 girls!


Morning Sickness isn’t as bad with a boy

So, this is a big symptom here!

I had severe morning sickness with all 3 of my girls! In some cases, I had all-day sickness that just never seemed to let up!

When I got pregnant with my boy, I was nauseous but only at night! This was a huge difference for me and I did not vomit at all! Every night, like clockwork, I got incredibly nauseous around 6 PM and it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was with my girls! This tea really helped me with my nausea!

Earth Mama Organic Ginger Nausea® Tea Bags for Occasional Morning Sickness, 16-Count (2-Pack)

Is this one a myth?

Maybe not! Studies show that women who are diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum in the first trimester give birth to a higher number of female newborns!

Want to know how I survived morning sickness and what remedies helped my terrible nausea? Click the photo below for more info!

morning sickness cures


Change In Urine Color

Okay, I realize this one is a bit weird!

However, the first thing I noticed when I was pregnant with my baby boy, even when I was taking my home pregnancy test, was that my urine was WAY darker than usual!

Now, I know what you’re going to say, this obviously means that I was dehydrated because research shows that the darker your urine is, the more dehydrated you are. Many doctors indicate it could be a change in medication or prenatal vitamins that may cause a dark urine color.

However, I’m here to tell you that I took the same amazing prenatal vitamins with the last 3 pregnancies prior to my fourth, was never on any medications, and drank more water with my fourth pregnancy than my other 3 because I wasn’t as sick!

I pointed this out to my husband immediately because it was a big difference for me, it may not be true for everyone and just an old wives’ tale or due to hormonal changes, but this was the case for me!

In fact, since my husband is the only male in our household, my girls and I always know when he uses the bathroom and doesn’t flush the toilet because his urine is so much darker than ours!

Yes, this is weird and probably TMI for some of you! HA! But, I’m telling you this was a huge difference for me and a red flag that the sex of the baby may be a boy!

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Baby’s Heart Rate

The baby’s heart rate was also a huge indicator for me that I was having a baby boy. Old wives’ tales say that most baby girls have a fetal heart rate of 160+ and boys are below that range.

With all 3 of my girls, their heart rate was in the 170s and up. With my boy, he was around 142-145!

Is this one a myth?

Studies show that there is no truth in this myth once again! They found no significant difference in female and male heart rates during their first and third trimesters. 


Salty Cravings When Pregnant With a Boy

I love my sweets, especially chocolate! When I was pregnant with my 3 girls, once the 4th month of pregnancy started and I could hold down my food, I wanted lots of ice cream and sweets!

THIS WAS NOT the case with my baby boy!

Again, I knew something was different here, I couldn’t even have sweet lemon candies that helped with my nighttime nausea! Nothing and I mean nothing that was sweet could enter my mouth! My food aversions were completely different with my boy!

My food cravings were salt and fatty foods. One of my favorite things to eat was tomatoes! I would literally sprinkle salt on a tomato and eat a whole bowl of them! I couldn’t get enough! My husband and daughters would laugh at me! I craved guacamole which I never even liked before I was pregnant this time around! All I wanted was spicy and salty foods, or fat and grease, keep me away from the sweets! 

Once again, they say this is just a myth and there is no actual science to back this one up. Doctors say craving certain foods is your body’s way of telling you what it needs!

craving salty foods during pregnancy


Changes in Your Skin

Another big difference I noticed was that my skin looked great while I was pregnant with my son!

During my pregnancies with my daughters, my skin broke out a lot! I was so sensitive to different soaps and creams that I normally used and I just DID NOT have that glow everyone talks about!!

This was the ONLY soap and face cream my doctor recommended for me to use when I was pregnant with a girl because my skin was so incredibly sensitive!
Face Wash by CETAPHIL, Hydrating Gentle Skin Cleanser for Dry to Normal Sensitive Skin, NEW 20oz, Fragrance Free, Soap Free and Non-Foaming
Let me tell ya, my “glow” was more of a green tint because I was so sick with my girls all the time. I can honestly say when I was pregnant with my son, my skin looked great and I finally had that beautiful pregnancy glow I always heard about!!

Again, this was just my personal experience, however, there is no scientific evidence that backs up this myth. Doctors claim that the pregnancy glow is due to an increase in pregnancy hormones and greater blood volume. (source

For more information on skin changes during pregnancy, click here

Want to know how I prevented stretch marks through ALL 4 of my pregnancies? Click here or the photo below to find out how I did this and you can too! 

How to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy

Itching During Pregnancy

It’s very normal to have an itchy belly while you’re pregnant. Your skin is glowing and stretching so this was normal for me with my first 3 girl pregnancies to be a little itchy from my hormone levels increasing. 

However, when I was pregnant with my boy, my baby bump was incredibly itchy! I thought it was the stretch mark cream I used even though I used the same product for all of my pregnancies so that wouldn’t make sense.

I went to my doctor because I started to get worried it could be cholestasis and she assured me I was fine and it was just my skin stretching. Cholestasis is normally present in the third trimester and makes your hands and feet very itchy, this was not the case for me at all, so I was good!

If you are having this issue, please talk to your doctor! For more information on your skin itching during pregnancy, click here.

I later learned this is another old wives’ tale that if you’re very itchy while pregnant, it could mean that you’re having a baby boy! 

Unfortunately, again, there is no scientific evidence to back this one up either. Being itchy during pregnancy is just another normal pregnancy symptom that can happen when pregnant with both genders.

I was lucky that this itching only happened in my first trimester. I was having a bigger baby than my previous babies and he was growing at a faster rate stretching my skin and making me itchy!

My stretch mark cream worked and I swear by it, it’s been used by so many women over the years!

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Baby Boy Pregnancy Belly

Many moms swear they carried a boy differently than they carried their girls. I didn’t feel like the shape of my belly was any different from my girls’. The only difference I had was that I gained more weight with my boy, he just felt heavier but that was it for me. 

I can’t tell you how many times during my pregnancy (with my girls) people would tell me I look like I’m carrying a boy and they were wrong! 

Some women say a baby boy’s pregnancy belly extends out more like you’re carrying a basketball and is lower than usual. A girl’s pregnancy belly seems to appear wider and mothers say they gain more weight in their butt and hips. 

Is this one a myth?

There are no studies that back this one up and I think this one depends on the mother’s body shape, to begin with. I’m tall and I felt like my belly was the same for all of them but I believe the shape of your body has more to do with it than anything else. Also, diastasis recti can also play a major role in your pregnancy belly shape. 

One thing that helped me tremendously during my pregnancy was a pregnancy belly wrap! This one below is the best because it’s a 3-in-1 and you can wear one piece during pregnancy that helps with back support and wear the other pieces for your postpartum weeks to help with diastasis recti and belly support to help shrink your uterus!
KeaBabies 3 in 1 Postpartum Belly Support Recovery Wrap and Maternity Belly Band for Pregnancy - Postpartum Belly Band - Soft & Breathable Pregnancy Belly Support Belt

Linea Nigra is more present

Do you have that dark pregnancy line on your belly? That’s called linea nigra!

The old wives’ tale is that if linea nigra appears darker and it extends from the mother’s rib cage down to her uterus, then the mother is pregnant with a boy. If the dark line is fainter in color and starts at the belly button down to the uterus, then the woman is pregnant with a girl.

I have to say for all 4 of my pregnancies, my linea nigra line was the same. The only difference I noticed between my boy pregnancy compared to my girls was that the pregnancy line was darker with my boy. The myth that it was longer wasn’t accurate in my case.

I also noticed that my line didn’t form as quickly as it did with my other pregnancies, with my boy, the linea nigra came at the end of my second trimester.

To learn more about linea nigra and answer all your pregnancy belly line questions, click here or the photo below!

What is linea nigra- pregnancy belly line


How did you know you were having a boy?

I got asked this one a lot and the bottom line is, after having 3 girl babies, I just knew I was having baby boy pregnancy symptoms. There were soooo many differences and signs! Overall, I think it all depends on the mom and her health but it was pretty clear to me my fourth baby was a little boy!

They can call these old wives’ tales or myths, but the majority of them were very accurate for me!

I hope this helps some other moms determine what gender their baby is! So, if you have a missed period and get a positive home pregnancy test or blood test, see if you have any of these early pregnancy symptoms for a boy!

If you agree or disagree with any of these pregnancy symptoms and have experienced these, let us know in the comments!

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