If you want to find out the sex of your baby ahead of the birth then you might be a bit of a parenting perfectionist and have views on ‘proper gender roles’, a new study claims.
On the other hand, if you leave your baby’s sex as a surprise, then you’re more open to new experiences and are less likely to have a pink for girls, blue for boys approach to buying things for your baby.
“These results suggest women who choose not to learn their baby’s sex may not worry about having clothes, toys and colours for their child that match traditional gender expectations,” said Letitia Kotila, lead author of the study and a graduate student in human sciences at The Ohio State University.
“We don’t know this for sure yet, but expectant mothers’ choice on whether to find out their baby’s sex may show gender role attitudes that will shape how they raise their children.”
The research was carried out on 182 pregnant women who were given tests to measure various aspects of their personality, gender role beliefs and expectations related to parenting perfectionism.
“If you know ahead of time that you’re having a girl, are you layering on all the pink and purple in a way that is going to push an extremely feminine ideal on your child?” asks Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, associate professor in human sciences at Ohio State Uni. “This may affect what paths a girl thinks is appropriate, all the way to what kind of careers she considers.”
We think this is a bit of a hot potato – what do you think? Did you find out the sex of your unborn baby? Was it because the sex would affect your preparations? Let us know in the comments below!