Old Wives Tales

I got this from another woman’s pregnancy blog, and thought it would be fun to try myself.  Obviously, this stuff is just for fun and carries very little weight.  Plus, the gig is up; we’re having a girl.  Here it is anyway in all its silliness.

Wives Tale


My Result

How I carry If you are carrying “high”, you must be having a girl. On the other hand, if you are carrying your baby “low”, it must be a little boy. Boy – A woman at Crispers yesterday actually guessed I was having a boy, she explained, because I was carrying “low.”
Baby’s Heart Rate A fast heart rate (one over 140 beats per minute) is usually a girl. Heart rate below 140 beats per minute? The old wives tales say that you are having a boy. Is it terrible that I don’t recall?  I think it was in the 150s.
Swinging Ring Test If you tie your wedding ring to a string and hold it over your wrist or belly, if it swings circular it is a boy. Back and forth is a girl. Opposite is true for necklaces with pendants. Yeah, too lazy to try this.
The Key Test A friend or family member places a key in front of the pregnant woman and asks her to pick it up. If the pregnant lady grabs the key by the narrow end, it means a baby girl. However, if she grabs the key by the fat part, it means a boy is on the way. I haven’t done this one either.
Cravings If you’re craving sweets, you’re having a girl. Salty, meat, or cheese? Then a boy is on the way. Girl
Oranges If you dislike orange juice when you are pregnant, then you’re having a boy. Girl
Nose width If your nose is widening during pregnancy, then you’re having a boy. Girl
Dad’s weight gain If the dad gains weight along with the mom, then it’s a girl. If the dad loses weight or gains minimally during the pregnancy, paint the nursery blue. Boy – I don’t think Trav has gained any weight with me.
Math’s the Key If the sum of your age at conception and the number of the month of conception is an odd number, then you’re having a girl. Even, a boy. Age at conception: 30, number of month: 9 or 10, not quite sure…
Heartburn If you have acid reflux/heartburn during pregnancy, then your baby will be born with a full head of hair. No heartburn? Bald baby! I’ve had a mild case of heartburn/reflux that all stems from eating too much.  I was a hairy baby, so she may be, too.
Chinese Gender Chart No description other than the crazy Chinese people made a chart to predict the gender of babies. I tried this on the Internet.  Boy resulted twice, girl once.
Beauty Acne: Yes = girl, no = boyDry hands: Yes = boy, no = girl

Cold feet: Yes = boy, no = girl

“Glowing”: Yes = boy, no = girl




Morning sickness Sick during the first trimester? Girl.  Easy breezy first trimester? Boy. Girl – I had nausea but never got physically ill, except once when I had the flu.
Sleeping Sleeping on your right? A Girl is in sight. On your left? It’s a boy. Girl – I try to sleep on my left because it is supposed to help increase circulation, but I’m more comfortable on my right.
Legs If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. Girl – I don’t want to jinx myself.  My legs have gotten bigger, and there’s still plenty of time left to expand, but right now they are not overly humongous.
Moodiness If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you.  Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you. Girl – I am moody, but there was a period of a good 2-3 weeks where I felt nothing but elation.  Now, the smallest trigger can set me off.
Dreams If you dream that you are having a boy, then you’re actually having a girl. Dreaming of pink? Then you’re having a boy. Boy– The night before my anatomy scan I dreamt I was having a girl.  Of course, now that I know, she’s always a girl in my dreams.
Clumsy vs. Graceful If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl.  If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy. Boy – I have become super clumsy and messy.
Toddlers If a toddler boy expresses interest in a pregnant woman, she is having a girl.  If he doesn’t show interest, she’s having a boy. Boy– I don’t think any toddlers have shown interest in me, although my kindergarteners are enamored by my belly.
Intuition They say that moms know what they’re having… Well, I know now!  But before, I was sure I was having a boy.
Headaches If you’re having headaches, then you’re having a boy. Boy – I started getting headaches at the beginning of my 2T, but a cup of half caff keeps them at bay.

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