Many parents anxiously await the day that they will find out the gender of their baby. For some, they don’t mind the wait. For others, they can’t find out soon enough. Although they aren’t fool proof, there are many old wives tales in circulation that are rumored to predict the gender of a woman’s unborn baby. They may not be accurate, but they could be fun to try and see if later, the ultrasound results match what the old wives tales claimed!
The Baby’s Heart Rate
According to many sources, the baby’s heart rate is supposedly an indicator of whether the woman is carrying a baby boy or baby girl. The heart rate is typically not heard until around twelve weeks gestation, however, can heard as soon as nine weeks. A heart rate above 140 beats per minutes is supposed to be a girl, while a heart rate under 140 beats per minute is supposed to be a boy.
The Shape of the Mother’s Stomach
Many people believe it is possible to tell the gender of an unborn baby by the way the mother is carrying her pregnancy. If the woman is carrying big and round, like a basketball, she is supposedly having a girl. If the woman is carrying smaller, lower and her belly sticks straight out, it is supposedly a boy.
The Ring Test
To do the ring test, a pregnant woman should dangle her wedding ring on a strong, or some other weighted pendant, over her belly. If it goes back and forth it’s a girl. If it goes in a circle, it’s a boy. If the dangles it over her hand, the opposite is true. If the ring swings in a circle, it’s a girl. If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy.
Mother’s Face Shape
A woman who is expected a girl should have a fuller, rounder, more filled-out face, while a woman expecting a boy should have a narrower, longer face.
The Key Test
Someone should offer a pregnant woman a key. If she picks it up by the narrow end that is inserted into the lock, she is having a girl. If she picks it up by the wider end used to turn the key once it is in the lock, she is having a boy.
According to ancient Mayan legend, if a pregnant woman adds her age at the time of conception to the year of conception and the results are even, the baby is a girl. If the results are odd, the baby is a boy.
This test may be a little newer, however, if a woman mixes one tablespoon of Drano and one tablespoon of urine together and the mixture turns green, the baby is a girl. If the mixture turns blue, it’s a boy. Extreme caution and good ventilation should be observed when conducting this test.
If a pregnant woman is experiencing acne during pregnancy, she is supposedly carrying a girl. If she isn’t, the baby is a boy. The acne is thought to be caused by an excess of female hormones from the female baby.
If a pregnant woman craves salty things, she should expect a boy. If she craves sweets and fruit, she should expect a little girl.
If a pregnant woman eats a clove of garlic and the smell does not seep out her pores, she is supposedly expecting a girl. If the garlic can be smelled on the woman’s skin, she is expecting a boy.
Blood Vessels in the Eyes
A pregnant woman who lowers the skin under her left eye and looks at the blood vessels to find two in a “V” shape is expecting a girl. If she does not, she is expecting a boy.
Previous Children’s First Words
If the previous child’s first word was “mama” then the woman should expect a girl. If the previous child’s first word was “dada” the woman should expect a boy.
Aggressiveness During Conception
It is said that the person who was more aggressive during the conception of the baby is the opposite of what the baby will be. So if the mother was more aggressive during intercourse, she should expect a little boy. If the father was, they should expect a little girl.
The Mother’s Beauty
If the woman is looking especially beautiful, she is carrying a boy. If the mother looks less than par, she is carrying a girl, as girls are known to “steal” their mother’s beauty.
Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese use a chart to determine gender based on the month of conception and the mother’s birth date.
The Interest of A Toddler Boy
If a toddler boy shows interest in a pregnant woman, she is carrying a little girl. If he shows no interest, she is carrying a little boy.
If the mother’s legs stay long and trim, she is expecting a girl. If her legs expand like her belly, she is having a boy.
A woman who dreams about her baby, will usually dream about the opposite gender of what her baby really is. If the woman dreams she is having a boy, she is having a girl!
Show of Hands
If a pregnant woman is asked to show her hands and she shows them palms up, she is having a girl. If she shows them palms down, she is having a boy.
If a pregnant woman experiences morning sickness, it is thought that the baby is a girl. If she experiences little or no morning sickness, it’s a boy.
If the woman’s urine is bright yellow she can count on a boy. If the urine is dull yellow, she can count on a girl.
Increase in Headaches
If a pregnant woman is experiencing an increase in headaches, she is most likely carrying a boy.
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