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A University study provides scientific proof that a male baby comes with a bigger package of associated risks than his female counterparts. The study found that while girls were at a higher risk for restricted growth in utero and for breech presentation at birth, risks associated with boy fetuses were more abundant. Boy labours are more likely to result in a premature rupture of the membranes and preterm birth. And male babies who make it to term are more likely to be bigger, making labour and birth more difficult, leading to more caesarian sections.
The study notes than in general, boys are more vulnerable in their life in utero, and this vulnerability continues to exist throughout their lives: men are known to have a shorter lifespan, are more susceptible to infections, and have less chance of withstanding disease than women.
This new evidence confirms the old wives' tale that boy fetuses are more troublesome in the womb and the delivery room.
But this is not necessarily a bad thing, according to the researchers. "Men become soldiers, construction workers, and work as firefighters," he notes. "They take on these risks quite naturally to protect their society, and they're trained to do this without question."
- Interesting study. I have usually found that women who report their labours to be more difficult, have been carrying boys.