20 Old Wives’ Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

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20 Old Wives’ Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

There wasn’t always a way to find out the gender of a baby before they were born. Now people can take a blood test as early as 10 weeks or get an ultrasound at 20 weeks to determine if they’re having a boy or a girl. Pregnancy is one of the only times in life that you can truly experience a real surprise (if you choose), but if you’re a pregnant woman curious about the gender of your baby and want to compare your symptoms to some fun Old Wives’ Tales, we’ve got you covered! None of these tales are scientifically proven, but they are fun to try. I mean, there is a 50/50 chance you will be right. You’ll for sure find out the real answer around your due date. 😉

Old Wives’ Tales: Are You Having a Boy or a Girl?

1. Carrying High or Low

This is one old wives’ tale you definitely will hear again and again throughout your pregnancy. According to legend, if you’re carrying high, you’re pregnant with a girl. If you’re carrying low, you’re having a boy.

2. Shape of Your Bump

This is another one you’re likely to hear often. If you’re carrying all of your extra baby weight out front and it looks like a basketball, it’s a boy. If you’re carrying your pregnancy weight all over, it’s a girl.

3. Moody vs. Mellow

If you’re feeling a little more moody than you usually are, you might be having a girl because of all of the extra female hormones. If you’re more relaxed and mellow, you’re expecting a boy.

4. Are You Craving Sweet or Salty

This old wives’ tale to predict gender was accurate for me. Apparently if you are craving sweet things like fruit, chocolate and desserts, the stork might be bringing you a baby girl. Cravings for salty, sour (like pretzels, french fries and chips) or even protein-rich foods means it might be a boy.

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5. Morning Sickness

Legend predicts that if you have been suffering from excessive nausea and morning sickness during your pregnancy, you’re having a girl. If you didn’t throw up very much or at all throughout your pregnancy, you will have a boy. Unfortunately this pregnancy symptom doesn’t discriminate and often happens during the early weeks of pregnancy.

6. Pregnancy Glow?

If people around you are commenting on how you are glowing and your complexion is as bright and clear as ever, you could be having a boy. If people are asking if you’re feeling okay or tired and you’re breaking out, you might be having a girl.

7. The Linea Nigra

Some women are surprised to find a “dark line” appearing on their bump called the linea nigra. Rumor has it that if that line continues above your belly button and not just below, you’re having a boy. If it stops at your belly button and does not continue above, you’re having a girl.

8. The Feel Of Your Skin

Supposably if your skin is drying out more than usual (you have dry hands), you can expect to have a boy. If your skin is silky smooth, you’re having a girl.

9. Cold Feet?

Are your feet feeling cold now that you are pregnant? If so, you might be expecting a boy. If your feet are as warm as ever, you might be carrying a girl.

10. The Color of Your Urine

I know that this sounds pretty strange, but apparently if your pee is a brighter yellow than normal, it’s a girl. If your urine is a dull yellow, it’s a boy. (Obviously hydration plays a big part on this, but if you are consistent with your water intake, see if you notice any differences.)

11. The Eye Test

Go to a mirror and look into it for about a minute long. If you notice your pupils dilating, it means you’re having a boy.

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12. How Does My Hair Look?

Some pregnant women have the most beautiful hair. A lot of people attribute it to taking prenatal vitamins, but apparently there is an old wives’ tale that can predict the gender of the baby according to your hair. If your hair becomes thick, full and glossy, and you look like you stepped out of a Pantene Pro-V commercial, you’re carrying a boy. If your hair is dull, limp and hasn’t gotten any thicker, it’s a girl. The same goes for your body hair. The thicker and more body hair that you grow, you’re having a boy, if it has remained normal, you’re having a girl.

13. The Ring Test

Out of all the old wives tales to predict gender, this one is the most fun in my opinion. 🙂 To perform the ring test you will need a strand of your own hair and a ring that you regularly wear, like your wedding ring. Tie your hair around your ring and lie down. Have someone dangle the ring over your baby bump and hold it still. If the ring starts to move in circles, you’re having a girl. If the ring swings from side to side like a pendulum, you’re having a boy.

14. The Garlic Test

This test could get kind of stinky so proceed with caution. If you’re able to eat a lot of garlic but not smell like it, apparently that means you’re carrying a girl. If you eat garlic and the odor seeps out of your pores, then you’re having a boy.

15. Clumsiness

Some people are clumsier than others, but if you find yourself clumsier than usual during pregnancy, it’s a boy. If you remain grounded and still in control of your body, it’s a girl.

16. One Boob Bigger Than the Other

It’s common to have one breast bigger than the other. During pregnancy it’s also common for your breasts to get bigger and if you notice your right breast is bigger than the left, you might be having a son. If your left breast is larger, you might be having a daughter.

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17. Baby’s Heart Rate

Apparently baby girls have faster heartbeats than baby boys. So at your next ultrasound, pay extra attention to your baby’s heart rate. If the heart is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl. If it’s lower then 140 bpm, it’s a boy. Also, wait until you are past your first trimester since many baby boys have higher than 140 bpm in the first trimester. Baby boys’ heartbeats slow down after that point.

18. Your Blood Pressure

study found that the higher a pregnant woman’s blood pressure is 26 weeks before she conceived, the more likely she is to have a boy. So if you had a doctor’s appointment before you started trying to get pregnant, look back and see what your blood pressure was—it could be the very scientific clue to whether you’re having a little girl or boy.

19. Partner’s Weight Gain

If your partner is gaining weight alongside you (also known as “sympathy weight”), that could be a sign that you’re carrying a girl. If his weight stays the same, it’s a boy.

20. Chinese Gender Calendar

Place one finger on the lunar age you were when you conceived–your age at conception. Next, place another finger on the month of conception, the lunar month. Where your fingers meet in the middle will tell you if you’re expecting a little boy or girl. Are you ready to try out this fun Chinese gender chart? (This chart does not guarantee baby’s gender.)

chinese gender calendar

So, based on these old wives’ tales, do you think you’re having a boy or a girl? Or if you have already had your baby, how many of these were true for you?

About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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