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20 Old Wives’ Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

If you're curious about the gender of your baby and want to compare your symptoms to some fun Old Wives' Tales, we've got you covered!

Updated April 22, 2024 Opinion

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert

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 correct. You’ll for sure find out the real answer around your baby’s 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 will hear repeatedly 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. The shape of Your Bump

This is another one you’re likely to hear often. If you’re carrying all 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 moodier 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. If you crave sweet things like fruit, chocolate, and desserts, the stork might be bringing you a baby girl. Pregnancy cravings for salty, sour (like pretzels, french fries, and chips), or even protein-rich foods means it might be a boy.

5. Morning Sickness

Legend predicts that you’re having a girl if you suffer from excessive nausea and morning sickness during your pregnancy. And you will have a boy if you didn’t throw up very much, or at all, during your pregnancy. 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. And 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 this sounds pretty strange, but if your pee is a brighter yellow than usual, it’s a girl. If your urine is a dull yellow, it’s a boy. (Obviously, hydration plays a big part in 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.

12. How Does My Hair Look?

Some pregnant women have the most beautiful hair. Many people attribute it to taking prenatal vitamins, but 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, it means 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. If you have thicker and more body hair than usual, 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 hair and a ring you regularly wear, like your wedding ring. Tie the strand of 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 stinky, so proceed with caution. If you can eat a lot of garlic but not smell like it, it means you’re carrying a girl. If you eat garlic and the odor seeps out of your pores, 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. It’s also common for your breasts to get bigger during pregnancy, 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.

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 beats faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl. If it’s lower than 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

A 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.1 So if you had a doctor’s appointment before trying to get pregnant, look back and see what your blood pressure was—it could be the 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 the baby’s gender.) And if you want to make it easier on yourself, visit our Chinese Gender Calendar Prediction test to find out what you’re having!

20 Old Wives' Tales to Predict Baby's Gender

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?

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