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Old Wives Tales to pass the time while waiting and wondering

Posted by on June 19, 2015

I love guessing the sex of people’s babies, especially my own. I know Old Wives’ tales are 50/50 and completely false I still like doing them and reading into them all. 😉

I found a list of them online when I was pregnant with Oliver and we did them all just to see what they say so we did them again this time. So while I am waiting to meet baby, here’s some fun, light reading.

Heart Rate
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
Prediction outcome: Girl. When we first heard it (7w3d), it was ~162bpm on a doppler. The first u/s (8w1d) was 173bpm; Second @12w2d was 157bpm; 15w u/s was 153bpm; 18w anatomy scan was _____bpm.

Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
Prediction outcome: Boy. I never carry high and my belly always sticks straight out. Maybe it will change further along I get.

Ring Test
Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly. You are having a girl if the ring swings in a circle and it’s a boy if it swings back and forth.
Prediction outcome: Girl. It swings in a circle.

Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones and the girl stealing the mother’s beauty.
Prediction outcome: Girl. It looks like adolescence is returning. Fun times.

Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.
Prediction outcome: Boy. It’s the first time I don’t crave carbs and fruits and candy. I want chips and cashews, etc. That’s a first for me.

Skin under Left Eye
The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye. If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl.
Prediction outcome: Girl. I have a v.

Legs
If your legs get big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.
Prediction outcome: Girl I guess. My legs are staying the same size, usually do but in shape and lean. Not sure of that description. haha

Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart  is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.
Prediction outcome: Girl. It said that every time. lol

Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is.
Prediction outcome: Boy. People say I glow and pregnancy suits me, whatever that means.

Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.
Prediction outcome: Girl. So far I’m not clumsy this pregnancy.

Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.
Prediction outcome: Girl. I prefer my right so far.

Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.
Prediction outcome: Boy. 

Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
Prediction outcome: Boy. I felt no nausea or sickness, just pure exhaustion just like every other pregnancy.

Feet
Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.
Prediction outcome: Girl.

Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.
Prediction outcome: Girl. No headaches.

Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particular baby.
Prediction outcome: Girl. But after 3 boys, boy names are rather difficult any way.

Urine
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.
Prediction outcome: Girl.

Key
Place a key in front of her and ask her to pick it up. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she’ll have a sweet little girl. If she picks it up by the round part, she’ll have an adorable little boy.
Prediction Outcome: Girl.

Even and Odd
Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby’s sex by looking at the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one’s even and one’s odd, it’s a boy.
Prediction Outcome: Girl.

Shape of Mom’s Face
When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl. If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy.
Prediction Outcome: Boy so far. It was fuller and rounder last pregnancy and was a boy then too.

History of Parent’s Kids
You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order. If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child. If you are the middle child, you will have what she said, but starting with the third child. If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order.
Prediction Outcome: I broke the pattern already so no help.

Bread
If you eat the heels of bread, it’s a boy. If you eat the middle of the loaf, it’s a girl. I’ve never liked the ends of bread and always have eaten from the middle.
Prediction Outcome: Girl. I don’t eat heels EVER.

Hands
When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it’s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.
Prediction Outcome: Boy.

Baking Soda Test
Foams, it’s a boy. If it doesn’t foam it’s a girl.
Prediction Outcome: Boy.

Nose
Do you feel like your nose is growing and getting wider? If so, you might be having a boy.
Prediction Outcome: Girl.

Hands are Dry
If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy.
Prediction Outcome: Girl.

Reflexology
There’s a point that swells (uterus reflex point) on your foot. If it’s the right foot, it’s a boy and if the spot swells on your left foot it’s a girl.
Prediction Outcome: Boy. Right foot.

So the total count is:
Girl: 17
Boy: 9

So get your guesses into the baby pool. Enter your guesses HERE.

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One Response to Old Wives Tales to pass the time while waiting and wondering

  1. Lisa

    It’s going to be a boy….I’m sure of it!

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