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Relationship between placental location and fetal gender using ultrasonography: A prospective study from the Maternity and Children’s Hospital, Najran, Saudi Arabia

Nagla H.M. Khalid
Jihan I. Babiker
Samia A. Fathelrahman


The study was a prospective cross-sectional design and was carried out at the Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Najran, Saudi Arabia on 142 pregnant women. The objective of the study was to establish, utilising ultrasound scan, whether there is any link between the site of the placenta and the gender of the fetus. A higher percentage of female fetuses were identified. The majority of placentas (73, 51.4%) were found to be anterior, of which 66 (46.5%) and 7 (4.9%) were present in female and male fetuses, respectively. 58 (40.8%) placentas were noted to be posterior, i.e. females, 10 (7.0%); males, 48 (33.8%). 10 (7.0%) placentas were high, a position which was equally prevalent in both genders, i.e. females, 5 (3.5%); males 5 (3.5%), and 1 (0.7%), in a male fetus, was low-lying. A significant correlation between placental site and the gender of the fetus was revealed by the chi-squared test (p < 0.05) the sensitivity of ultrasound in predication fetal gender was 95.1%. The outcome reveals a noteworthy association between the position of the placenta and the gender of the fetus.

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