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Gender Predicting Old Wives Tales

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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kristina
8 months 8 days ago

Lol the comment at the beginning that over anything the ring will move is so so WRONG.. As weird as it sounds I tried it on my daughter just to see if superstition was right & it didn’t move at all. On me it was a really fast back and fourth motion & everyone thinks its gonna be a boy but I’ll find out for sure in 6 weeks:)
PS: I did the string test on my daughter & it was right:):) I have faith in it::))

1 year 7 months ago

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.

[…] 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 […]

Jennissis
2 years 6 months ago

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

mom of 3
3 years 8 months ago

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

Norhan
3 years 11 months ago

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

Lisa
4 years 4 months ago

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

Kani
4 years 10 months ago

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 😉

Abby
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Amanda
5 years 17 days ago

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.

Stacy
5 years 2 months ago

…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,

Stacy
5 years 2 months ago
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… Read more »
ADG
5 years 2 months ago

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

5 years 3 months ago

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.

5 years 4 months ago

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.

Diane
5 years 5 months ago

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!

Pramod
5 years 5 months ago

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.

Laura
5 years 5 months ago

@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.

Iris
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Tracy
5 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
5 years 7 months ago

[…] 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] […]

[…] 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] […]

[…] 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] […]

[…] 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] […]

[…] 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] […]

[…] 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] […]

Paula
5 years 7 months ago

When I was pregnant Ive always wanted to have a boy. Tried the Number Test, it turned out odd & I was having terrible morning sicky & very emotional. But it was fun, figuring out if its a boy or girl.

[…] I think it is curious that heart rate was ever considered a predictor, even in folklore, but hey, let’s give this one a try…. 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. [source] […]

[…] I think it is curious that heart rate was ever considered a predictor, even in folklore, but hey, let’s give this one a try…. 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. [source] […]

[…] I’ve seen this predictor all over the place, even in the most mundane mommy-to-be websites and in motherhood books. 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 girl. If it swings around in a circle then it is a boy. [source] […]

[…] I’ve seen this predictor all over the place, even in the most mundane mommy-to-be websites and in motherhood books. 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 girl. If it swings around in a circle then it is a boy. [source] […]

[…] Gender Prediction – Shape of the Belly Posted by Kat September 11, 2010 @ 6:09 pm Blog | Pregnancy I wouldn’t be a Pagan if I didn’t have an interest in folklore. I love reading all the different ways that women interpreted the signs and signals from their pregnant bodies to figure out the gender of their unborn child. I thought it would be fun to try some of these early predictors. Here we go: 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… Read more »
ahnntootz
5 years 7 months ago

i actually did try that ring thingy. most of my girl friends testified that its true. but it didnt work for me. with the ring test i was told that ill be having a baby boy bt it turneds out to be a girl.
old wives tales are sometimes fun, we can try it as long as it wont get us and the baby in trouble. my baby girl is turning 2yrs old next motnh.

April
5 years 7 months ago

ok so I did the whole ring over your belly. What does it mean if it seems lik it doesnt know which way its going like confused if it wants to go in circles or ina line kinda just shakes but with my other pregnancies it went in circles for my 2 grls i dunno just kinda curious

Presh
5 years 7 months ago

Well, iam 18 weeks and i have an ultrasound in 2 days. This is my second child (i have a 2yr old daughter), and this pregnancy is different. With my daughter i didn’t have any morning sickness, i carried high, and had mild to no acne at all. With this pregnancy, i am fat, acne everywhere on my face, and had very bad morning sickness in my 1st trimester. I feel like am having a baby boy but i am very emotional at the same time.. will keep u updated!!!

Holly
5 years 8 months ago
well, at my 18 week ultrasound the tech said it looked like a girl.. of course my baby wouldn’t really “spread’em” so we could have a good look lol.. but I took that word and ran with it… not to mention ive had really really bad acne since my 4th month, my nose has grown, my hair is dry, I crave sweets, and my bump is high ( but not so high it’s hard to breathe.. yay!) So we spread the word it’s a girl and have gotten tons of cute dresses and lots of pink stuff and picked out… Read more »
sarah
5 years 8 months ago

So as far as every pregnancy goes…they are very different no matter who you are where your from or what # pregnancy this is….I’m pregnant for the 3rd time and did the ring test both went in circles & both were girls…I looked very young & healthy…little to no acne & was full of energy…now this time I’m soooooo flippin tired all day every day & have bad acne..{it sucks}! I’m totally emotional & crave nothing & everythng all at the same time…so boy or girl??I haven’t the slightest idea I go sept 15 for the ultrasound.

Renae
5 years 8 months ago

I am 11 weeks pregnant and I’ve tried a few of these. My Grandmother and I did one called the pencil test, where you have a pencil tied to a string and you hold it over your wrist and if it goes from side to side its a girl, and if it goes front to back its a boy. When she did it, it said it was a girl, and when I did it, it said it was a boy… so I guess we will find out in a few weeks :)

Marissa
5 years 9 months ago
Hi everyone Just with the ring test it is actually circle = girl straight line = boy This is been totally accurate for both my children and I am now pregnant with my 3rd which according to my test says will be a girl. I’ve been feeling all along that it is a girl, so I can’t wait to have it confirmed at an ultrasound. The test can be performed 2 ways: First if you hold the ring over your stomach when pregnant it will tell you the sex of the baby you are currently carrying. Or if you wish… Read more »
Sherlyn
5 years 9 months ago
Thank you for the post. ^^ While the shettles method and whelan method does work, if you want to have a baby boy as naturally as possible (since there are no 100% guarantee ways of natural gender conception apart from artificial insemination, a lot depends on your dietary and daily lifestyle too. Having the right diet controls your body’s PH level to determine if it is more boy friendly or girl friendly, which on the contrary will affect how the sperms move, react and reaching the ovum. In addition, the lifestyle you are leading indirectly affects the hormonal behavior of… Read more »
ELSIE
5 years 10 months ago

There is a simple sure solution to determining your baby’s sex. I’ve used it all my career as a registered midwife here in dallas-texas. Anyone interested contact me for it’s my little secret and guaranteed.

mary
5 years 11 months ago

On April 21st, 2009 at 11:33 am
DesireeH on your post for drano you are having a boy if it was dark yelloe like brown that is if you read it in the first 15 seconds and didnt let it sit….

mary
5 years 11 months ago
well first off the drano test does work and they have it wrong up there if it is a boy it turns brown and a girl it stays blue cause drano is blue and you have to use drano crystals…..its the extra acid in the mothers pee that causes it to turn brown and thats a boy it predicted all 9 of my cousins so dont tell me it doesnt work cause i know it does…. the first time we ever seen it turn brown was with my brother cause he is the only boy out of the nine……IF YOU… Read more »
Danielle
5 years 11 months ago
owt was right the first two times, first time i had darkneing of the skin , felt very sick, put a lot of weight, dull yellow urine, bad hair – girl second i wasnt sick at all just felt great, great skin cravind salads, meat chocolate and soda, neon yelloe urine, great hair- boy (PLus we had prayed for a boy) this time (thirs pregnancy) i have pimples, oily skin, not sick so far but for 3 days in the first weeks, dull yellow urine,.crave sesame seeds in everything i eat and chicken noodles wiht lots of lemon, salty foods.I… Read more »
jill
5 years 11 months ago
I am currently pregnant with my 3rd child…and to be honest i don’t know what to believe. I really think this one is another girl, just by gut feeling, but then again i thought my 2nd was was a girl to but turned out to be a little boy. I don’t believe the whole acne thing being the determiner of sex. when I was pregnant with my daughter I broke out but hardly, during the 1st 5 months of my pregnancy with my son I broke out horribly. with this pregnancy, not at all…may one here or there, but still… Read more »
ahnntootz
6 years 14 days ago

OMG… i did post here back 2008- i was really expecting a baby boy because that is most of my officemates and friends been telling me… uglyness, oily skin. because of that i been buying stuff and colors were blue coz of their point of view
but when i had my ULtrasound the doc says ill be having a baby girl…
and on Oct 17, gave birth to a healthy baby girl…
my baby is now 1yr and 6mos, shes a girl, but most of my family is now saying she acts like a boy, so hyper… =)

sarah
6 years 1 month ago

every one says ull get a feeling of what it is but if i didnt have morning sickness i wouldnt even feel preg …

Lisa Wade
6 years 1 month ago

Ok, I said I would be back on here after I have found out what I am having. I did the ring trick after I found out I pregnant and it said I was having a boy…well…I have had 6 ultrasounds and I am having a boy!!!! I knew all along I was having a son..my gut feeling was right!

Jamie
6 years 1 month ago

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

6 years 1 month ago

I had acne during both my pregnancies and I had girls, but i also carried very low and I have been told that if you carry low your having a boy, not in my case. I adore my girls and am trying to fall pregnant at the moment and I dont care what the sex is going to be, but yes it is interesting to hear all these myths, they make me laugh :)

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