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Is It a Boy or a Girl? 15 Fun Old Wives’ Tales to Discover Your Baby’s Gender

Updated on November 6, 2008

Whether you want to know the baby's gender before they are born or not, is a personal choice. But everyone loves to make a guess. Here are 15 fun old wives' tales to find out if you are carrying a boy or a girl.

1) Ask A Child

Many people believe that a child below three years old is intuitive. They seem to have a sense of what's going on in the universe. When I was pregnant, my mum asked a little boy whether I was having a boy or a girl. He pondered for a few seconds and said that it's a girl. Many other adults predicted a boy. True enough, I delivered a baby girl a few months later.

2) Ask Yourself

Do not undermine your maternal instincts. Some mothers just know the gender of their baby instinctively and it may be right!

3) Heart Rate

Many people believe that the baby's heart rate is indicative of its gender. If your baby has a heart rate of 140 or more, it's more like to be a girl. If it is 139 or less, it's a boy.

4) Foot Temperature

Are your feet cold or warm? It is said that you are carrying a boy if your feet is cold. If they are warm, you are going to have a girl.

5) Food Cravings

If you crave food with sour taste, you are carrying a boy. If you have a sweet tooth, you are carrying a girl.

6) Key

Pick up a key. If you pick up the thinner end of a key, it's a girl. If you pick up the bottom rounder part of the key, it's a boy. If you pick up the middle part, you are carrying twins!

7) Ring

Hang a ring on a chain and place it over a pregnant woman's palm. If the ring twirls in a circular motion, it's a girl. If the ring criss-crosses, it's a boy.

8) Alphabet

Think of an alphabet. What is the first name you think of, starting with the alphabet? If you think of a boy's name, it's a boy, and vice versa.

9) Make-Up

I tend to believe this one. It is said that if you're pregnant with a boy, you tend to dislike make-up or dressing up. One of my colleagues hated to put on make-up when she was pregnant. Normally she applies make-up to work every day. It turns out to be a boy. Two years later, she was pregnant again and disliked make-up again. Apparently it was a boy again!

10) Belly Shape

Many people believe that you're having a boy if your belly is round and out to the front. If your belly is wide to the sides, it's a girl.

11) Nose

If your nose widens during your pregnancy, it is said that you are carrying a boy.

12) Mayan Prediction

The Mayans has a belief. If you add the mother's age at conception and the year of conception and it turns out to be an even number, it's a girl. If it is an odd number, it's a boy. Anybody has a Mayan calendar?

13) Acne

If you have acne during your pregnancy, it is said that you are carrying a girl. I had lots of acne when I was pregnant with my daughter.

14) Carry A Baby

It is said that a baby likes to be carried by a mother pregnant with the opposite of his own gender. My pregnant sister carried my daughter, 1 year old, who is wary of people she seldom sees. She seemed to like it, sitting comfortably on her lap, occasionally peeping under her blouse, as if she knew she's going to have a cousin. My sister's pregnant with a boy!

15) Ultrasound

Although the ultrasound technicians are correct most of the time, there are times when they make a mistake. You must have heard a tale when the technician said that it's a girl but turned out to be a boy.

You may find that you are confused with the contradictory results from these old wives' tales. After all, they are merely old wives' tales. In the meantime, just have fun with it!


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      Chris 2 years ago

      Finding happiness all comes down to one thing, and that's hsetnoy. Honesty with yourself first and foremost about who you are in the truest sense, and what your needs are as opposed to your wants.I meet all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds, and I do this all day, every day. Many of these people I get to know as people, and it never ceases to amaze me how many of them have sold out. Sold their souls in the name of money, & perception. I call it that I'm kind of a big deal syndrome. They work jobs they hate, to buy shit they don't need, and marry people they don't like, and have kids they don't want in an effort to keep up with the Jones. They fall in love with these conceptions of what the perfect little life is, and how they're viewed by others, but when it comes down to brass tacks, their lives are as big a mess as anyones.I know it sounds a little tree huggerish , but I don't think it's possible to ever really be happy, until people know themselves, and what it is that makes their engine run smooth. That's what life is, it's about finding purpose, and reason to be here .it's purely functional. Once we find our function, and are honest about what we need in life as opposed to what we want, I honestly believe that happiness is inevitable

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      pregnancy 8 years ago

      I am having a lot of acne over my face too, I feel so bad to have it, but good news to have baby girl as you mention.