Along with some confusion and notoriously notable physical changes, pregnancy brings a lot of joy to a woman and her family. While in today’s world, finding out the gender of your bundle of joy is not big trouble, there used to be times when women needed to look for small hints to know what was coming.
There still exist many old wives’ sayings that are supposed to be the tell-tale signs hinting at the gender of your to-be-born child.
If you have decided to keep the gender of your child a secret till its birth, I’m sure you will have fun going through these old wives’ tales. Go ahead with the guessing game, I assure you, there’s always a 50% chance that you’ll be right.
1. Look at the bump!
If your baby bump is high, there is a chance that it is a girl. If it’s low, then it must be a boy.
2. Your heart says it all
If your heart beats more than 140 times per minute, it’s a girl; if low, it’s a boy.
3. Sour or sweet?
If you crave savory and salty food, your baby boy should be causing this as the girl baby makes you crave something sweet all the time.
4. Mirror mirror!
You can put the blame on your baby princess if you’re suffering from skin breakouts and zits. It’s said that the baby girl inside you takes your beauty, causing pimples and zits on your face.
5. Put the ring on it
Tie your ring to a string and hang it over your belly cause pulling strings can do many things, even tell your baby’s gender. If the ring moves in a circle, you have yourself a baby boy, and if it goes back and forth, prepare a pink room.
Is morning sickness still not leaving you? It may be your little princess hinting to you of her presence. Baby boys don’t cause you much sickness.
7. Linea Nigra
If your Linea Nigra, i.e., the dark vertical line passing through your belly, extends way above your belly, you must have a baby boy. If it starts disappearing below your belly, a baby girl may be hiding in your uterus.
8. Smooth Skin
Your silky smooth skin during pregnancy may be due to a girl bun. It is believed that moms-to-be of boys have dry and rough skin during pregnancy.
9. Hair says it all
If your hair grows thick and glossy, your baby boy is probably doing wonders. While a girl baby is a reason behind dull and limp hair.
10. Check your weight
How your body organizes the extra pregnancy weight is also a tell-tale sign. If the weight is piled on your front portion, you have a baby boy for yourself. If you have weight everywhere in your body, you can expect to meet a baby girl soon.
11. Left or right
While looking at your unevenly sized boobs, if you find your left boob bigger, there is a girl bun in your oven and vice versa.
12. Take temperature
Your cold feet during pregnancy may be signing towards a baby boy, while the warm and cozy feet tell you to expect a girl.
These gender-predicting old wives’ tales surely involve fun and give you a little insight into the sex of your baby. None of these tales are scientifically proven, so the chances of these being correct is 50/50.
Let us know in the comments if any of these old wives’ tales worked for you. Or, if you know a different method to guess the sex of your baby, share that with us too.
Dr. Mashiach has completed his MD at the Sackler School of Medicine, TAU; specialization in gynecology at the Lis Maternity and Women’s Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; fellowship in Endoscopy at the Polyclinique de I’Hotel-Dieu, Universite d’Auvergne, Clermont, France.
He is a Senior Physician, Director of the Department of Gynecology, which provides routine and preventative care services to its patients and a full range of gynecological surgical procedures for adequately managing its patients with benign gynecologic disorders.
He offers advanced care in all gynecological subspecialties such as Urogynecology, Colposcopy, Fetal Loss Clinic, and Post Menopausal Clinic.