I've been doing "research" for my book. And based on my research I am predicting that Manda will have a girl. Studies show that women have more morning sickness when pregnant with girls. I think this has to do with an increase in the girly hormones. I dunno.
I was also reading about pseudocyesis. Pseudocyesis is false pregnancy. Basically when the body acts pregnant but there is no baby. It occurs in many species of mammals (most often dogs --or at least most often witnessed in dogs because we pay attention to them) when the corpus luteum (the ovarian follicle basically) fails to disintegrate after ovulation even though the ovum has not been fertilized (or the fertilization results in a non-viable pregnancy --e.g. a genetic disorder exists in the embryo). Thus, it is a physical phenomena. However, according to articles I read about pseudocyesis in humans, it is always a psychological disorder where a woman believes she is pregnant because she wants to be pregnant.
I do not doubt that in the presence of extreme desire for pregnancy, a woman can experience a psychosomatic false pregnancy. But I fail to be convinced that all pseudocyesis in humans is purely psychological. Surely there can be physical reasons for a woman's body to act pregnant when it's not?
What do you think? Is there a double standard here for humans?