I remember when I was pregnant with Ava. My mom and mother-in-law would always ask me the weirdest things like what do I eat a lot of (crave often) and even placed a my wedding ring on a string over my belly to see how it spun in order to “determine” what gender my baby was. Ridiculous, huh?
But whether you think these are crazy or not, these “old wives” gender predictor’s are rather common and scarily accurate most times!
Both my mother and mother-in-law knew I was having a girl, and low and behold, they were right.
Coincidence or not?
I don’t like surprises, so I’m the type that will want to know the gender of my baby before they’re born. To each his own. Some prefer not to.
But, it’s always fun to guess, right?
The suspense is torturous: am I having a boy or a girl? An ultrasound technician can tell you, but they can be wrong.
Until the Big Reveal, here are some entertaining, sometimes weird ways to predict your baby’s sex.
Highs and Lows
This one you can do just by looking south: if you’re carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you’re carrying a boy. Also, they believe that carrying all around and gaining more weight is because you are having a girl.
Be Still my Beating Heart
Next time your OB pulls out the Doppler to listen to baby’s heartbeat, ask her to tell you what the heart rate is. According to legend, 140+ beats per minute indicates a girl, and below 140 a boy.
Sweet and Sour
Craving ice cream every single day? Some people believe this means it’s a girl. If you have to have salty or sour stuff, then it’s a boy.
Chinese Birth Chart
This ancient method uses your age at conception and the month you did the deed to determine gender. Try it here!
This one’s a little out there. Pee in a cup (you’ve been doing it at all your prenatal appointments anyway, haven’t you?), mix a tablespoon of Drano in, and watch to see if it changes color. Green = girl, and blue = boy.
Even and Odd
Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby’s sex by looking at the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one’s even and one’s odd, it’s a boy.
Unlocking the Mystery
This is one for a friend to try. Place a key in front of your preggo friend and ask her to pick it up. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she’s in for sugar and spice and all that. If she picks it up by the round part, it’s snips and snails.
If you’re breaking out like crazy, blame it on your girl babe. The belief goes that girls steal their mother’s beauty, hence, those annoying zits. They also say that you have more of a “glow” and much more attractive if you’re carrying a boy.
Nice Ring to It
This is a popular one in my family! Pop off your wedding ring — if you still can! — and tie it to a string. Hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, a little guy’s in your future. If it goes back and forth, you’ve got a girl.
Queasy Does It
Sick as a dog during the first trimester — or still? Signs indicate you’re having a girl. Little or no morning sickness points to a boy.
Whatever the result is, what matters is that you have a healthy little bundle of joy!
I bid you a safe and wonderful 9 1/2 months!