This is one of the things that fascinates me more than anything in the world! I am all. over. this.
So here's some info (including, perhaps, a little TOO much info for some of you) on my pregnancies:
Pregnancy 1: John Paul
Intercourse a few days before ovulation = boy. See, I read somewhere that male sperm swim slower and live longer. And I'm not linking to the study because I don't feel like finding it - you know how to use Google :P
Edit: Okay, everyone on the internet says I'm wrong - and I probably am... But it worked that way for us, so clearly it's not 100% predictable!
Morning sickness was brutal. I spent weeks curled up in a ball on the couch, vomiting several times a day, ALWAYS in the morning while brushing my teeth, then usually after most meals if I ate too quickly or didn't eat while lying down. The only things I could stomach were canned pineapple, oranges, animal crackers, and pretzels. Around 16-20 weeks things got a little bit better and I was down to the puking while brushing my teeth and that was it.
I pretty much didn't want to eat any meat except bacon. For some reason I started liking Cheez Whiz. I ate a lot of boiled potatoes with cottage cheese, McCain Ellio's frozen pizza, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, and frozen burritos. I also drank probably 2.5 gallons of milk every week because I loooooved it so much more while pregnant!
Birth story starts here, if you're interested...
Pregnancy 2: Cecilia Therese
Intercourse the day of ovulation = girl. Apparently female sperm swim faster and live a shorter amount of time.
Morning sickness wasn't too bad. Definitely a much easier pregnancy than my first, plus I started out weighing about 10 lbs less than my pre-pregnancy weight with John Paul, so I didn't get as big.
Same food aversions & cravings - lots of the things I used to eat as a kid, no idea why...
Birth story here
Pregnancy 3: Elizabeth Anna & Mary Claire
Morning sickness... In between the first and second pregnancies. So we were both perplexed - no way of guessing gender based on conception date, morning sickness wasn't making it obvious either way, I was just FAR more exhausted than with the first two pregnancies. And carrying quite a bit larger, but I figured that's just because it was my 3rd pregnancy in as many years, you know?
Well, when we found out at about 30 weeks that we were expecting twins, I kind of knew that they *must* both be girls! After all, my morning sickness was pretty much double that of my pregnancy with Cecilia, but nowhere near as bad as with John Paul. And, shocker, I was right!
And once again, same food aversions and cravings - once I find out what I can actually stomach, I don't branch out much!
Birth story here
So I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to figure out what we're having with any subsequent pregnancies, although I'm sure things could be totally different whenever we have the next baby (or babies...)!
And now let me know - are there any burning questions you have for me? Anything goes!