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Do pregnant women adopt or put on characteristics of their unborn baby's temperament, personality, taste, etc.?

My mum explained to me that she changed in personality while carrying each of my siblings and myself, and how she described the changes was in harmony with the personality of the one she was carrying at the time. Is this a common thing for women or is it rare?
She also is a specialist when it comes to knowing the gender of a baby before it's born, both with herself and other women. Is there a distinct style women portray with either gender?



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Perhaps when one is pregnant with a cisgender heterosexual male, they might become more masculine because of the increased testosterone in their bloodstream.
So how would they act, and what would the difference be between the behaviour of a women carrying a female and a women carrying a male?
 
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A woman carrying a male might be more aggressive, and she would gain more weight.
My mum has a different opinion. She says that when a woman is carrying a girl she is more irritable...maybe there's a better word for it? And on the other hand when they are carrying a boy they are more easy-going. Why would this be the case?

I'll ask her about weight change too.
 

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All I know about my mom's pregnancy with me is that she had a lot of morning sickness and she was irritable with my dad when he wasn't catering to her needs in certain ways. Evidently there was a huge fight about burnt popcorn at some point. I wonder what that means...
 

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My mum has a different opinion. She says that when a woman is carrying a girl she is more irritable...maybe there's a better word for it? And on the other hand when they are carrying a boy they are more easy-going. Why would this be the case?

I'll ask her about weight change too.
I was easy-going with my first pregnancy and irritable with my second and they both turned out to be girls.:unsure:
 

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Pickle and ice cream craving = Si
Tabasco and Bloody Mary craving = Se

Poptart and takeout craving = Ti
Beef Wellington and paella craving = Te

Casserole and kiviak craving = Ni
Mushroom and marijuana craving = Ne

Lasagna and mashed potatoes craving = Fi
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Interesting...what are their personalities/temperaments like?
Well, my oldest is not very girly-girly. She's not into dressing up or playing with her hair and make-up. She's basically, gets up and go.

My youngest DD is very girly, spends an hour getting ready to go anywhere, into the latest fashion, loves shopping, etc.

Hmmm.. Now that I think about it, maybe there is some correlation about pregnancies/personalities and genders. Your mum may be on to something.
 
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Well, my oldest is not very girly-girly. She's not into dressing up or playing with her hair and make-up. She's basically, gets up and go.

My youngest DD is very girly, spends an hour getting ready to go anywhere, into the latest fashion, loves shopping, etc.

Hmmm.. Now that I think about it, maybe there is some correlation about pregnancies/personalities and genders. Your mum may be on to something.
Do you know their typologies? (MBTI and enneatypes)
 

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I'm not sure about their enneatypes but my oldest is INTP and my youngest is INFJ.
I'd recommend finding out about their enneatypes. MBTI shows the way we process the world around us, but the enneagram tells us about our fixations and drives. The two typologies compliment eachother - let me know if you find out. It would be very interesting to compare.
 

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Do pregnant women adopt or put on characteristics of their unborn baby's temperament, personality, taste, etc.?

My mum explained to me that she changed in personality while carrying each of my siblings and myself, and how she described the changes was in harmony with the personality of the one she was carrying at the time. Is this a common thing for women or is it rare?
She also is a specialist when it comes to knowing the gender of a baby before it's born, both with herself and other women. Is there a distinct style women portray with either gender?
This is very interesting. I never really thought of it in these terms, but I've heard women express thoughts/feelings that were along these lines. My mother is an ISFJ but is more of an "ambivert" by societal standards; i.e, she doesn't haul up in her room or actively avoid socialization, and actually likes being around people, just gets tired of them easily. However, both times she was pregnant, she claimed that she became "severely opposed" to interacting with others, took leave from her job, refused to answer the phone, etc. She jokingly blames it on my brother and I (INFJ and INTP, respectively) but your suggestion is rather interesting! Maybe we actually did it. ;)

Likewise, a friend of mine (ISTP is my guess, but no confirmation) recently had a baby and it was like a flip from inferior Fe to dominant Fe. One might assume this is just the norm for pregnant women, but it really isn't - As I described, my mother actually became even more introverted during pregnancy, and I've heard plenty of women describe something similar. This friend of mine, though, who was normally very forward with straight logic, suddenly became one of the most sentimental, mystical people around. It surprised everyone, including herself. She may have even presented a bit of Ni-Fe. She abruptly took on a belief in ghosts and spirits, which she had never held before, because she thought she was being "haunted" during pregnancy. Not that all INFJs believe in those things (I don't) but it was strange for her to take on this strong belief in something that held no basis in hard facts, which are usually her specialty.

It could all be blamed on pregnancy hormones, of course, but that's a lot less fun to think about.
 

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This is very interesting. I never really thought of it in these terms, but I've heard women express thoughts/feelings that were along these lines. My mother is an ISFJ but is more of an "ambivert" by societal standards; i.e, she doesn't haul up in her room or actively avoid socialization, and actually likes being around people, just gets tired of them easily. However, both times she was pregnant, she claimed that she became "severely opposed" to interacting with others, took leave from her job, refused to answer the phone, etc. She jokingly blames it on my brother and I (INFJ and INTP, respectively) but your suggestion is rather interesting! Maybe we actually did it. ;)

Likewise, a friend of mine (ISTP is my guess, but no confirmation) recently had a baby and it was like a flip from inferior Fe to dominant Fe. One might assume this is just the norm for pregnant women, but it really isn't - As I described, my mother actually became even more introverted during pregnancy, and I've heard plenty of women describe something similar. This friend of mine, though, who was normally very forward with straight logic, suddenly became one of the most sentimental, mystical people around. It surprised everyone, including herself. She may have even presented a bit of Ni-Fe. She abruptly took on a belief in ghosts and spirits, which she had never held before, because she thought she was being "haunted" during pregnancy. Not that all INFJs believe in those things (I don't) but it was strange for her to take on this strong belief in something that held no basis in hard facts, which are usually her specialty.

It could all be blamed on pregnancy hormones, of course, but that's a lot less fun to think about.
Thank you for sharing this!

I'd definitely say it can't just be pregnancy hormones - even though that can contribute - as the personality trait change is different in different cases, so it has to be because of the infant's unique personality being expressed, which makes sense due to it being basically a part of the woman's body for that time period.
 
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I'm not sure... all three of my boys are under 5 years of age. Each pregnancy was very different... and each child unique.
My sister is (guess) ISFP and my moms pregnancy with her was very hard on her. My moms pregnancy with me was normal.
 

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I'm not sure... all three of my boys are under 5 years of age. Each pregnancy was very different... and each child unique.
My sister is (guess) ISFP and my moms pregnancy with her was very hard on her. My moms pregnancy with me was normal.
How was each of your pregnancies different? And does the personalities of your boys correlate with the changes when you were pregnant with them?
 
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