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Does Baby Kicks and Movements in the Right Side of the Body Indicate Boy or Girl? We Debunk the Myth


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Old Wive’s Tales are very prevalent when it comes to pregnancy. Some suggest a low-lying belly indicates it’s a girl. While a few others question whether the right side movement indicates boy or girl. The folklore dates back in history, but there’s one thing they all have in common – there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims.

Even with the handful of studies conducted, no conclusive results can ascertain these assumptions as “true” or “definitive.”

Your baby’s activity isn’t indicative of gender. For example, a less active baby in the womb doesn’t indicate it’s a girl. Similarly, a hyperactive fetus doesn’t indicate it’s a boy.

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What are the Factors that Affect a Baby’s Movements?

Contrary to popular belief, the baby’s kicks and movements aren’t a definitive marker of the gender of the fetus.

Several factors actively affect the movements and kicks that mothers feel throughout their pregnancy term. Let us look into a few of them and what they signify.

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Studies indicate that overweight and obese pregnant women will experience decreased fetal movement. Besides the decreased movement, maternal obesity is also associated with several other pregnancy complications.

So, if you wonder “which side more movement indicates baby boy,” the answer will vary from one to another.

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Activity level

Exercise is not harmful or damaging to the growing fetus. Instead, doctors encourage pregnant women to stay active throughout their pregnancy.

However, moderation is key. If you are indulging in exercise, never overdo it. Also, avoid weight training or resistance training that could inadvertently affect the baby’s growth and well-being.

Lack of exercise or a sedentary pregnancy might reduce the fetal movement and kicks to an extent.

Second pregnancy

If this is your second pregnancy, it can affect your perception of the baby’s movements and kicks. For example, feeling your baby move on the left side only doesn’t indicate the gender of the baby.

Sometimes, you might feel the kicks, flutters, and movement of the fetus earlier than you did in the first pregnancy. The experiences are always subjective and have nothing to do with the baby’s gender.

Your baby’s movements aren’t a reliable source to determine their gender. So, if you are solely relying on that, we’d recommend not keeping your hopes up.


An ultrasound scan is a more definitive way of finding your baby’s gender. We recommend that you consult your OBGYN and find your baby’s gender during the mid-pregnancy scan between 18-20 weeks. However, if you live in a country where sex determination during pregnancy is legally restricted, you’d have to wait until the baby is born to find their gender.


Somapika Dutta (B.Sc Physiology, Honours)
Somapikar holds Bachelors Degree in Physiology from University of Culcutta. She has 6+ years of experience writing in different niches, including health, tech and lifestyle. An animal enthusiast and a raging foodie, experiencing life - one day at a time.


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