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Old Wives' Tales About Predicting the Sex of a Baby

I have three kids, and my wife's sisters threw a baby shower for each occasion. Her sisters also have kids, so we threw their showers.

Read on to learn the seven most common superstitions about how to tell the sex of your baby without using advanced technology.

Read on to learn the seven most common superstitions about how to tell the sex of your baby without using advanced technology.

Can You Predict a Baby's Sex?

From the moment you discover you are having a baby, it is normal to wonder what the baby's sex is going to be. Baby boy? Baby girl? The suspense grows as you browse through baby clothes, nursery room decorations, toys, and names.

In fact, guessing the sex of your unborn child will soon become a favorite pastime for everyone you meet. It is hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement.

So, how can someone look at you and tell if you are having a baby boy or baby girl? In all reality, they can't. But that doesn't make trying these old wives' tales any less fun or interesting. Here are the seven tales this article discusses:

  1. It's all in the heartbeat
  2. How you carry
  3. Pregnancy glow (or not)?
  4. How does the pendant swing?
  5. Daddy weight gain
  6. Sweet or sour?
  7. Morning sickness?

1. It’s All in the Heartbeat

There is a belief that the fetal heart rate is different for girls and boys. Many think that girls have a faster heart rate than boys. Rumor has it that if the baby’s heart rate is above 140, it is a girl. If the rate is below 140, it is a sign of a boy. What does your baby’s heart rate predict about its sex?

2. How You Carry

This is one of the most popular ways of predicting the sex of an unborn baby. People look at your belly and see how you are carrying. If you are carrying high and wide, the baby is predicted to be a girl. Alternately, if you are carrying low and in front, you are deemed to be carrying a boy. What does your belly tell about the sex of your unborn child?

3. Pregnancy Glow (or Not)?

Some believe that acne during pregnancy is sure-tell sign of carrying a girl. It is said that a girl steals the beauty from her mother, leaving those that have a pregnancy glow being touted as having a boy. What does your skin predict you are having?

4. How Does the Pendant Swing?

This myth says that suspending a ring on a string above your pregnant belly will disclose the sex of the baby. The clue is in how it swings. If it swings in a circular motion, you are having a girl. If it goes back and forth, you are having a boy. According to the pendant, what are you having?

5. Daddy Weight Gain

This is where the man gets in on the action. If the father puts on weight during the pregnancy, then it is guessed that he will soon be having a little girl. If his weight stays the same, a little boy is on the way. What does the scale tell about the sex of your child?

6. Sweet or Sour?

It is not uncommon for people to try to link your cravings with the sex of your baby. The general rule is that if you crave sweets such as chocolate, you are having a girl. If your cravings are more in line with sour foods such as pickles, you are having a boy. What do your cravings predict about your baby’s sex?

7. Morning Sickness?

Along with the acne, morning sickness is said to be a not-so-fun sign of having a girl. Those blessed with an easy pregnancy without morning sickness are said to be carrying a boy. What does this old wives' tale say about the sex of your child?

What Are Your Results?

How many of these tests predict you are having a girl? How many of these tests predict you are having a boy? What do you think you are having? Interestingly, expectant mothers are said to be correct in predicting the sex of their unborn child approximately 70% of the time. Return to this article for a fun comparison when the true sex of your baby is finally revealed.

No More Guessing Games

The quickest, easiest way to find out if you're having a boy or a girl is simply to schedule an ultrasound with your physician. An ultrasound will tell the sex of the child by locating its genitalia. There is even a 3D ultrasound machine that will give you a clear view of your baby.

The technology is really quite amazing, and I highly recommend going that route. The doctor or technician also will be able to print you some photos of either type of ultrasound scan.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi


Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 17, 2020:

Hi Shauna, thank you so much for visiting my hubs and leaving such nice comments. I truly appreciate it.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on March 17, 2020:

Hi Purvi thanks for the comment i appreciate it.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 16, 2020:

This is interesting. I had no morning sickness during my pregnancy. Nor did we have an ultrasound to determine the sex; we wanted to be surprised. Guess what? It was a boy!!

Purvi from India on December 10, 2019:

Really, it's a funny and good article. I like most this article.

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 06, 2019:

Hi Lora

Thank you very much for reading the article. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I have three children of my own. Two girls and a boy. The first two children my wife and I had, we did not want to know what the child's gender would be. We liked guessing. I remember that I gained weight when my wife was pregnant with both our girls. Maybe I was nervous so I ate more? But who knows maybe something else beeper rooted that triggered my eating binge. My third child was a boy, and I actually lost a little bit of weight.

Lora Hollings on December 04, 2019:

Wonderful article Jason. I think some of these 'old wives tales' may have some validity! I know that many of the ones you describe above seemed to be quite descriptive of my pregnancy and I had a girl! My husband and I chose not to know the sex of our child as we wanted to be surprised. But, I do understand why people want to know ahead of time. I enjoyed reading your article and I think it would be fun for people to return to your article after the blessed event to see if some of these beliefs accurately predicted the sex of the child!

Jason Nicolosi (author) from AZ on December 04, 2019:

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this article, Lorna. Thank you very much.

Lorna Lamon on December 04, 2019:

I enjoyed this article Jason and found the 'old wives tales' fun and interesting. You articles read really well and captivate your audience.