London - Women who suffer from stress during pregnancy are more likely to have a girl, research suggests.
A study found that 60 percent of mothers-to-be who felt overwhelmed, anxious or depressed went on to have a female baby.
More than two-thirds of women who showed physical signs of stress, like high blood pressure and comfort eating, gave birth to girls. The findings do not suggest the pressures of everyday life can change a baby’s sex in the womb.
However, experts believe anxious women are less likely to achieve a successful pregnancy with a boy as male foetuses are more vulnerable to stress hormones entering the womb.
Although many stressed women give birth to girls, they may have had failed pregnancies with boys before – perhaps in the very early stages before they even realised they were pregnant.