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Giving Birth To A Baby Boy Can Be More Painful Than Delivering A Baby Girl

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The sheer memory of being in labor can make moms run in another direction. At the same time, it’s also true that most moms will go through such extreme pain so that their little one gets the gift of life. But did you know the sex of your baby might impact the intensity of your labor pain? A recent study reveals that giving birth to baby boy can hurt more as compared to delivering a little girl.

What does research say about giving birth to baby boy?

The journal Pediatric Research published an article based on a study that was conducted by San Cecilio Clinical Hospital of Granada and a team of researchers from the University of Granada (UGR). Javier Diaz Castro and Julio Ochoa Herrera were the chief researchers of this study. For this research, they worked together with the Department of Physiology at UGR.

Giving birth to baby boy can hurt more

The research, the first of its kind, aimed to find out whether giving birth to baby boy is more painful than giving birth to a baby girl.

Researchers studied 56 pregnant, perfectly healthy moms. Of the 56 pregnancies, 27 turned out to be boys while 29 were girls. After childbirth the doctors studied the damage to these moms’ bodies. They found that the biomolecules of moms who had delivered baby girls showed less damage. The study thus revealed that male births are more painful.

Javier Diaz Castro and Julio Ochoa Herrera feel that this analysis has opened up an interesting area of study that talks about the correlation between the gender of newborns and possible risks involved, its effect on life expectancy and the development of diseases.

Why giving birth to baby boy is more painful compared to delivering baby girls

Based on the study, the researchers concluded that the gender of your baby can influence the childbirth. They explain the reasons behind this difference:

One possible reason could be because females have a better ability to deal with stress. The enzymatic systems found in females are more mature when they are ready to be born. It leads to creating a barrier, which in turn helps in preventing cell damage. Females possess a certain defensive antioxidant that is better than what is found in males. This leads to less oxidative damage to cell membranes at the time of birth. And this optimises cellular metabolism as well.

From a pregnant mom’s perspective, this means less inflammation and less painful labor and childbirth.

Giving birth to baby boy: other risks involved

Dr. Petra Verburg of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia shares: “The sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy complications.”

Here’s what various studies say about the possible complications when giving birth to baby boy.

  • Baby boys may be born earlier than the due date. This in itself leads to many complications for the baby.
  • Baby boys are more likely to be born preterm. The odds of male babies being born between the 20th and 24th week of pregnancy are 27 percent higher. Whereas chances of baby boys born between the pregnancy weeks 30 and 33 is 24 percent higher. Furthermore, baby boys being born between the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy is 17 percent higher.
  • Pregnant moms carrying baby boys are more prone to gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and high blood pressure at the time of delivery.

Sources: The Sun, WebMD

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What does a baby do for those nine months in the womb?

When Alexandre Lambert accompanied his wife to an ultrasound scan, he found out exactly what his baby son was up to.

The couple were already delighted watching their little bundle of joy via a standard 2D scan, then 3D stills.

But nothing could prepare them for meeting him via a 4D scan, and they were so excited by what the technology revealed, the also shared it on YouYube.

“First we were amazed by the quality, we had never seen a 4D scan before.

“The first thing I said to my wife was: ‘Wow! He looks so much like your brother!’ Funny, because even now people are still saying that about him!”

A 4D scan shows moving 3D images of an unborn baby (time being the fourth dimension), and are perfect for capturing those movements that are otherwise missed.

Baby Lambert was sleeping at the time of the scan, so Alexandre’s wife was told to move around a bit.

Sander’s little boy in 2D, and pulling a face in 4D! (Image: Alexandre Lambert)

What they witnessed was incredible: “They checked again and he was rubbing his eyes! And pulling a sad face, probably because he didn’t like to be woken up.”

“He still pulls that face when he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, like eating something he doesn’t like.”

But their son wasn’t quite done with his live-action debut: “When he started eating and drinking we, including the person operating the machine, were amazed!”

Alexandre’s son is now almost three, and his parents have shown him the precious footage (although he thinks it’s of his baby brother).

Alexandre remains as awed and impressed today by the magic as he did three years ago.

“It really is an amazing technology. Seeing a little person in there doing all of that makes you realize even more how precious that little fellow inside the belly is.”

The video starts with the ultrasound of the couple’s baby, where you can clearly see the little tyke almost grown to its full size.

Then about at 22 seconds, you can watch the 4-D scan of the child and you can see the serene expression on its face as it snoozes comfortably on its side.

Fast forward to 37 seconds, and you can actually see the little one eating! Now that’s something we bet you’ve never even seen before. You can watch the baby grab a mouthful of the food that comes its way and chew it like a happy little chomper.

At 1:13 minutes, you can watch its little face squirm into a half smile, half annoyance as it just relaxes. Probably the mommy had gulped down a glass of cold water and the little one was not pleased!

At 1:33 minutes, the little one looks fast asleep with its tiny head resting on its little arms.

There’s this precious moment at 2:13 minutes where you can look at the little one rubbing its eyes with the smaller-than-pint-sized fingers.

The video ends with the baby falling back to sleep, which we’re sure can melt the coldest of hearts on this planet.

The next time you have a baby, make sure you get a 4-D scan done. You won’t regret it. Watching their little antics when they are inside you will make you appreciate their theatrics all the more when you finally get to swaddle them.

Source: momjunction.com, mirror.co.uk