Like many moms, I joke that I have a love-hate relationship with pregnancy. I love feeling my baby kick and the idea of life growing inside of me, but my body tends to hate being pregnant. When I found out in September that I would be having another baby, I braced myself. But this time, it was different. I ended up feeling even worse than when I was pregnant with my twin boys. With my violent sickness and new pregnancy cravings, we concluded that this baby had to be a girl.

In the weeks leading up to the mid-pregnancy ultrasound I was thinking pink. But the old wives tales, gender predictions, and wishful thinking were wrong. I’m thrilled to be adding another busy, noisy little guy to our crew, but I did have a moment of reconciling my dreams of raising a girl with the pronouncement of “It’s a boy.”

Today’s generation of parents has been more eager than previous ones to discover their baby’s sex before it’s born. A 2007 Gallup poll found two-thirds of adults between 18 and 34 said they would want to know the sex of their baby. Older Americans preferred to wait until the baby was born.

More expectant parents are finding out whether they’ll be having a son or a daughter. With the personal and collective anticipation building up to a gender reveal, and it’s no wonder “gender disappointment” has become an issue among pregnant women. In a post for The New York Times’Motherlode blog, Emily B. King recounts her own struggle with the news that she would be having a boy:

I was extremely lucky, let me say that first. I understand how lucky I was. My baby was anatomically perfect, everything was working the way it should. The only problem was that he ...
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