Old wives’ tales are little more than super-circulated rumors. Never proven to be true, they’re sayings and adages that generations of women have passed down to one another regarding family health (“Eating carrots improves your vision”), safe parenting (“Wait an hour after eating before swimming”), and pregnancy. Whether you’re trying to guess your own baby’s gender or looking for shower games for a friend, read on for the top ways women have guessed: boy or girl?
If you carry low, it’s a boy; high, it’s a girl.
If you carry in front, it’s a boy; if you’re wide at the middle it’s a girl.
Many of the myths about gender prediction have to do with old wives’ tales. One of the old wives’ tales for predicting babies’ genders has to do with the way that women are carrying their babies. In this particular old wives’ tale, if a woman is carrying a baby “low”, she should expect a boy. If she carries “high”, she should expect a girl. In reality, this depends on a woman’s uterine tone, muscle tone and the position of the baby.
Hang your wedding ring from a strand of the father’s hair over your belly. If the ring circles, it’s girl. If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy.
In this test, a woman dangles a needle or wedding ring over her belly. If the needle or wedding ring swings in a strong circular motion, she is expecting a girl.
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If it moves in a to-and-fro motion like a pendulum, she is expecting a boy. An alternate version of this baby gender prediction method is to dangle the needle or wedding ring over the expectant mom’s wrist instead of belly.
Many people also say that an easy way to tell if a woman is having a boy or girl is to determine if she is more or less attractive than before she is pregnant. One version is that if she is less attractive she is having a boy. This is because of the hormonal mix between the two genders.
However, an opposite translation is that if a woman is less attractive, she is expecting a girl because the daughter is sucking out her mom’s beauty.
Is Baby’s heart beat faster than 140 beats per minute (bpm)? It’s a girl.
Is Baby’s heart beat Less than 130 bpm? It’s a boy.
If morning sickness lingers all day, it’s a girl.
Pay attention to which way you lay down in bed tonight. If you prefer sleeping on your left side, you’ll have a boy. Right side? Your pregnant with a girl.
If you feel as though you’re gliding through they day, you’ll have a girl. Stumbling? It’s a boy.
Little girls aren’t always sweet. Extreme nausea means you are having a daughter.
If you’re carrying baby in front, it’s a boy. Is the baby weight spaced all around your middle?
It’s a girl.
If your hands are dry during pregnancy, you are having a boy; soft — expect a girl.
Your favorite pregnancy foods may tell you what sex the baby is. If you’re craving citrus while pregnant, you’re having a girl.
If altering hormones makes your skin break out, expect a girl.
If your face gets fuller, it means you’re having a girl.
Craving salt during pregnancy? Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn means a boy is on the way. Need a little something sweet? Ice cream, chocolate, and candy means you’re having a girl.
If you’re experiencing pregnant mood-swings, expect a baby girl to arrive soon.
“Show me your hands.” If you would hold your hands palms up it’s a girl. Down? You’re having a boy.
Get baby advice from a nephew or friend’s little boy. If a toddler boy shows
interest in your belly, you’ll have a girl. If he ignores you, it’s a boy.
Guess the baby’s sex by eating garlic. If the smell seeps out of your pores it’s a boy. If there’s no scent it’s a little girl.
If you pick up a key by the round end, you’re having a boy. If it’s by the long end? A girl.
If your age and year of conception are both even or odd, it’s girl. One even, one odd means a boy.
A child tends to be of the same sex as the parent who is less stressed at the time of conception.
If you dream about having a girl while pregnant, you will wind up having a boy and vice versa.
If your right breast is larger than the left while pregnant, you are having a girl. If the left is larger, it’s a baby boy.
The Chinese birth gender chart, an ancient gender prediction method, is a fun way to guess the gender of an unborn child. Similar to astrology, there is no proof that this method is accurate, but some people swear by it and most people use it just for fun. To use the chart, you need only two pieces of information — the lunar month and the lunar age of the mother when the baby is conceived. Here’s how to do it.
Figuring Out Gender
Find out the mother’s lunar age at the time of conception. The Chinese use a lunar calendar, which is different from the Western Gregorian calendar. For this reason, you’re going to have to calculate the mother’s age according to the lunar calendar, not the Gregorian calendar.
1. First of all, add one year to however old you are right now. You’re 32 years old right now? According to the Chinese calendar, you’re at least 33 (possibly 34). This is because the Chinese count the first nine months spent in the womb towards the baby’s age, unlike in the West. So when a baby is born, it’s already 1 year old according to the lunar calendar.
2. If you were born after February 22, take your Gregorian age, add 1 (from the roughly year you spent in your mother’s womb), and you’re done. If you’re 17 and you were born on July 11, you’re 18 according to the lunar calendar.
3. If you were born before February 22, find out if your birthday comes before or after the Chinese New Year during the year you were born. If you were born before the Chinese New Year, add an additional year to your Gregorian age.
Example, you were born on January 7, 1990; the Chinese New Year during 1990 happened on January 27, meaning you were born before the New Year, according to the lunar calendar. This makes you two years older, in lunar years, than you are according to the Gregorian calendar.
4. If you’re having trouble converting your Gregorian age to your lunar age, search for an online converter.
Determine the lunar month during which the baby was conceived. If the baby has not yet been conceived, determine the month that you would like the baby to be conceived, or just work backward: use the calendar and desired gender to determine when you should conceive.
The easiest way to convert the actual month or the desired month of conception to the lunar calendar is to use an online converter. Type in “Gregorian to lunar calendar conversion,”
Using the graph below, find the place where your lunar age and the child’s conception month intersect. Start from your lunar age at the time of conception and move right until you find the lunar month when the child conceived. This will give you either a G (girl) or B (Boy).