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Gender Predicting Old Wives Tales

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There are a lot of old wives tales regarding pregnancy. Everything from taking baths, to the accuracy of ultrasounds will have a tale to go along with it. However there are certain old wives tales that are specific to the gender of your baby.

Shape of Moms’ Belly
Some say if the woman’s belly is big and round it means that she is carrying a girl. Likewise, if her belly is smaller and sticking straight out than she is carrying a boy. The way a woman carries her baby has nothing to do with the sex, but has everything to do with the body shape and type that the woman naturally has, when not pregnant.

Direction of the Ring
Many people believe in the good old ring test as a way to tell what the sex of their baby is going to be. In this test you hang your wedding ring from a string over your belly. If the ring swings back and forth your baby is a boy. If it swings around in a circle then it is a girl. This is not very good indication of whether or not you are having a boy or a girl. Fact is, if you hang your ring over any object or person it is going to swing.

Fast Heart Rate Tale
Some people believe that if your baby has a fast heart rate, near 170 beats per minute, then that means you are having a girl, and that if your baby’s heart rate is closer to 150 beats per minute then you are having a boy. This also is false. You baby’s heart rate will get faster and stronger during the first trimester as he/she grows. Then the heart rate fluctuates in speed during sleep and active times for your baby, just like an adults. So depending on when you listen to your baby’s heart rate, it might be faster or slower than it was the day before, or even earlier that same day.

The Shape of Moms Face
Some people believe that the shape of your face determines the sex of your baby. If your face is round then you are having a girl, long and narrow means a boy. This is just a myth however because where a woman stores fat and water during pregnancy has nothing to do with the sex of their baby. Along with that some believe that if your nose starts to grow or widen then you are having a girl because daughters “steal” mom’s beauty. While this sounds like something out of a fairy tale, it is simply an old wives tale.

The Key Test
Then there is the key test. Some say that if you can tell your baby’s sex by picking up a single key. If you pick the key up by big, round (top) part then you are having a boy. If you pick it up by the narrow part on the bottom then you are having a girl. Then, as if it isn’t detailed enough, if you pick the key up by the middle you are having TWINS!

The Mayan Tale
If you are Mayan then you may follow their beliefs and use numbers to determine the sex of your baby. The Mayans take the mothers age at conception and the year of conception and add them together. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way! The Chinese have a similar way of determining the sex of a baby.

Drain-O Test
So many people believe this old wives tale which is completely false. They are told to put a tablespoon of Drain-O in a cup and pee into it. If the mixture turns green you are having a girl. If it turns blue you are having a boy. Supposedly there is something in the moms’ urine that mixes with the Drain-O causing it to change color and determine the baby’s sex.

Acne Myth
Acne during pregnancy is caused by hormones, not the sex of your baby. However, many believe that if you have an increased amount of acne during pregnancy then it means you are having a baby girl.

Cravings
This one sounds good and can be an “explanation” for many of moms’ cravings, but is it true? Some people say that if you crave salty food while pregnant it means you are having a boy and if you crave sweet food while you are pregnant it means you are having a girl. Does this mean that baby girls are sweet and baby boys are salty?

Do You Smell Like Garlic?
The question should be, “Do you WANT to smell like garlic?” There are people that swear that the garlic old wives tale is true. They say that if you eat a clove of garlic, and the smell comes out through your pores then you are having a boy. If no garlic is detected then you are having a girl. Who really wants to find out THAT bad though?!

Ultrasounds Are Always Right
This one is definitely false. We have heard many stories where a woman has received an ultrasound, and sometimes more than one ultrasound where the doctor claims that she is having either a boy or a girl. The mother buys everything she needs for her little son or daughter, and when the day of delivery comes she is surprised with a baby of the opposite sex. Most of the time the ultrasound technician gets it right, but that is not always the case.

These are just a few of the popular pregnancy old wives tales that deal with the sex of your baby. To see other pregnancy related old wives tales click here.


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75 Responses to “Gender Predicting Old Wives Tales”

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  1. 75
    Aracely Says:

    My first ultrasound at 18 weeks the tech told me i was having a girl… so i started buying girls clothes then i change clinic they did another ultrasound and said it was a boy and they showed me his parts so now i believe its a boy i hope it is because everything is blue now. My due date is November 8,2014.

  2. 74
    An Update: 5 1/2 Weeks | C'est Si Bon Says:

    […] know, I’ve done all the fancy superstitious tests, specifically the pencil test and the key test and both are saying twins. Another thing that is freaking out this pregnant lady. And getting Eric […]

  3. 73
    Jennissis Says:

    We did the ring thing and it went in circles for a few then started going back and forth and then it stopped. Does that means I’m having twins? I really want twins though

  4. 72
    mom of 3 Says:

    I have an Egg tester form the early 1900’s. It is to predict the sex of an egg so that farmers would hatch the hens that they wanted. It also predicts the sex of an baby as early as 11 weeks! I have done about 10 and each time it has been correct

  5. 71
    Norhan Says:

    I was pregnant in my son and while I was walking in homedepot a female worker there told me oh!! you are having a boy.
    she was right, I already knew from my doctor that I was pregnant in a boy in the first semester.
    I was surprised that she could tell from the shape of my carrying.

    they say it is 50% chance to be right, really?Lol

  6. 70
    Lisa Says:

    Hi I did the needle and threat test and it said I am pregnant with a boy but I did a test and it came bk negative how true are they

  7. 69
    Kani Says:

    I’m 14 wks 3 dys pregnant and tried the ring on the string test and it went in circles. My intuition have been telling me I’m having a girl so does it mean I’m really having a girl? Hmmm, I’ll keep you all posted ;)

  8. 68
    Abby Says:

    There’s a pencil test my friends and family have tried. It’s supposed to tell you your current and/or future children s gender. It has been dead on every person we’ve tried it on. One of our people we tried it on had girl girl 2 miscarriages and another girl. Between the middle girl and the last it seemed to shake which we think that was because of the miscarriages she had.

    You need a #2 pencil sewing needle and thread. Put the thread into the sewing needle and then push the needle into the eraser of the #2 pencil. Hold above the other person wrist by the thread. If it goes side to side its a boy and circle is a girl. When it starts say it goes side to side then it will slow down then start again with side to side or circle; the slowing down it the “between” kids. If it goes into a circle and doesn’t slow down and immediately goes side to side that supposed to mean twins. When it stops completely supposed to mean no more kids and if it doesn’t move at all no kids in your future…weird though.

  9. 67
    Amanda Says:

    I think I am having a boy this time around. With my daughter I had a wonderful pregnancy. This time 7 years later, I am sick and tired and feel grumpy. With my family my oldest sister had girl, boy, girl. The other sister had boy, girl. My brother had boy, girl, boy. My husband’s mother had boy, girl boy, Sooooo I am really hoping for a boy. I am determined to have a boy but I will love my baby no matter what sex he/she is.

  10. 66
    Stacy Says:

    …just to add, and in the case of identical twins, it’s the same dna, not two sperm. Now a woman can produce more than one egg which can also be fertilized which would produce fraternal twins, or other forms of multiples….sorry,

  11. 65
    Stacy Says:

    I know this is from a WHILE ago, but Laura, you are wrong.

    The sperm thing MIGHT be true VERY RARELY, however, being just 1 semester away from premed I can tell you from Anatomy and Physiology that what you said is not true according to my text book. Because, scientist are not exactly sure how, but somehow once A SINGLE sperm fertilizes and egg, the other sperm(s)?? are “locked out” and the egg only allows one. I believe what you described would end up being a non viable pregnancy. Because 1 egg= 1 individual UNLESS it splits to become identical twins….

    Sorry just saying. That much I did pay attention to in class lol.

  12. 64
    ADG Says:

    When I was pregnant with my first child my mom and I did a different version of the ring test. We threaded a needle and held it over my wrist. It immediately starting moving in circles, stopped briefly. swung back and forth, stopped for a while longer and then swung in circles AND back and forth. It went a few small circles and then back and forth and continued the cycle with no stops. Low and behold, my first was a girl, second and boy, and currently I am pregnant with twins. Sometimes a little magic does work

  13. 63
    Britt Says:

    I dont even go by ultra sounds anymore. My best friend was told by her ultra sound tech it was a boy and She deff had a Girl!!! It does happen. She had to go out and buy all new girl stuff because everything they got was blue! and boy clothes!
    So dont get your hopes up if your told one and it comes out another.

  14. 62
    Aubin Says:

    My favorite is the garlic wives tale. I laughed so darn hard. Seriously who wants to know bad. I love that you guys post these. That way when an older family member suggest these I can let them know they dont really work.

  15. 61
    Diane Says:

    I like trying different predictions while I am prego. It’s all apart of the fun! Even by looking into dads side fam. It’s all good, an fun to try. Even my husband has fun with it! Nd now with the new home test u bet I will go spend my movie money on getting one, just because, the guess is all part of the joy of the pregnancy! Have fun with it! U don’t have to thin anyone of them work, it’s just puts a smile on your face!

  16. 60
    Pramod Says:

    Well,there is no scientific evidence on old views & myths,but here sum tricks in our own hand like shettle’s method, specific gender diet,and some ayurvedic medicine like “Shivlingi beej-majufal-putranjiwakbeej to alter the sex. Even perticular month are best for concieve a specific gender ie-octomber for boy.I heard lot of about chines calender but it is just a flipping of coin .I folow the above recommondation for my second chance having 8week pregnany let’s know what happens after 9 th month.

  17. 59
    Laura Says:

    @Tracy

    You’ve only named off two ways twins come about.Twins can also occur when 2 sperm fertilize the same egg…just a little detail I remembered from high school biology,but it is not determined by a mother’s egg in such a case.Granted,usually twins are determined by the mother’s egg or eggs but not always.It’s just common for one or both embryos not to make it in the instance that one egg is fertilized by two sperm,though it still happens from time to time.Regardless,twins can be determined by either mother or father,not always just one.

  18. 58
    Iris Says:

    Your explanation of the ring test is wrong. I did it while I was pregnant with my baby girl and the ring swings around in circles its a Girl. If it goes sides to side its a boy.

    Im on my second pregnancy right now and I did the test for the second time on my belly and It swinged side to side and Ultrasounds confimed Im having Boy.

  19. 57
    Tracy Says:

    Jamie says…
    Reyana, and Mandy – I believe the twin thing is false, my cousins are twins (identical), their father is an identical twin and they were born on their father’s birthday!! Proves that false

    On this comment you would be wrong. The father does not have a factor in twins. I know I went to Nursing school. Identical twins happen when the egg splits in two which has nothing to do with the father since he produces sperm. And non idential twins happen when the mother releases more than one egg in her cycle. Which doesnt have anything to do with the father but the mother

  20. 56
    Gender Prediction – Cravings Says:

    [...] Here’s another pretty common predictor, based on what the mother-to-be is craving for snackage: Some people say that if you crave salty food while pregnant it means you are having a boy and if you crave sweet food while you are pregnant it means you are having a girl. [source] [...]

  21. 55
    Wiccan Life - Gender Prediction – Cravings Says:

    [...] Here’s another pretty common predictor, based on what the mother-to-be is craving for snackage: Some people say that if you crave salty food while pregnant it means you are having a boy and if you crave sweet food while you are pregnant it means you are having a girl. [source] [...]

  22. 54
    Gender Prediction – Shape of Face Says:

    [...] Okay, so I don’t consider myself very vain, but I did end up staring into the mirror for this one… Some people believe that the shape of your face determines the sex of your baby. If your face is round then you are having a girl, long and narrow means a boy. [source] [...]

  23. 53
    Gender Prediction – Mayan Lore Says:

    [...] Since I am Pagan, I have a lot of respect for other polytheistic cultures, such as the Mayans. I have no idea if this is cultural accurate, but it looks fun, so I’ll try it! The Mayans take the mothers age at conception and the year of conception and add them together. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way! [source] [...]

  24. 52
    Wiccan Life - Gender Prediction – Mayan Lore Says:

    [...] Since I am Pagan, I have a lot of respect for other polytheistic cultures, such as the Mayans. I have no idea if this is cultural accurate, but it looks fun, so I’ll try it! The Mayans take the mothers age at conception and the year of conception and add them together. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way! [source] [...]

  25. 51
    Wiccan Life - Gender Prediction – Shape of Face Says:

    [...] Okay, so I don’t consider myself very vain, but I did end up staring into the mirror for this one… Some people believe that the shape of your face determines the sex of your baby. If your face is round then you are having a girl, long and narrow means a boy. [source] [...]

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