Monday, August 29, 2016

Gender Predictions

Many people always tried to predict this baby's gender based on various old wives tales so I decided to do a post.  We were told a few weeks ago we're having a boy based on the ultrasound but time to see what these old wives tales predict. (As you can tell I started writing this in April! But didn't finish it even though it was 80% done.)

The heartbeat theory. "Fetal heart rates range between 110 and 160," explains Patricia Crane, MSN, CNM, director of the nurse-midwifery service with the University of Michigan Health Systems. "If your baby's heart rate averages in the 110 to low 130s range, the thought is that it's more likely a boy, and if it's in the mid 140s to 160 range, it's more likely a girl. Mid-130s to 140s is unpredictable -- and where a lot of heart rates fall."

The heart rate was in the 150s around 11 weeks on my doppler and about that at the doctors later.

Prediction: Girl
Rumor has it that if you are carrying your baby high, it's a girl. Carrying low? Stock up on blue.
Similar tales say if you carry in front, you've got yourself a little boy, and if you expand horizontally, it's a girl.
I don't know if I was carrying high or low the entire time.  Everyone keeps saying more recently how I'm carrying in the front so that would be a boy. 
Prediction: Boy
Legends say that if you are having a little girl, she'll steal your beauty. So, if you've got acne and other not-so-pretty skin blemishes, you've got a little princess coming your way.
Dry hands and cold feet are signs of a boy. So, if you've got these ailments, break out the baby blue.
My feet and hands aren't cold or dry yet and I didn't have acne
Prediction: neither
Here's a fun one— take off your wedding ring, tie it to a piece of string, and hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, you are promised a boy; back and forth indicates a girl.
I didn't actually do this so I don't know the prediction
This one is as old as it is weird. The mom-to-be is required to pee in a cup, and mix in a tablespoon of Drano. If the liquid turns green, you're having a girl. Blue? You guessed it. It's a boy.
We don't recommend trying this one. Mixing these two can result in dangerous fumes or, scary enough, an explosion. A safer version of this experiment uses baking soda. If the mixture fizzles, it's a boy. If it doesn't, you've got yourself a girl!
I didn't do this one either so I don't have a prediction. 
Craving sweets? According to some, that means your going to have a little girl. Salty and sour cravings indicate a boy.
Normally I go for salty but this pregnancy it's a tiny bit more sweets than salt...
Prediction: Girl
Chinese birth charts use your age at conception and the month you conceived to determine the sex of your baby. Want to give it a shot? Try it!The Mayans used a similar method. They looked at your age at conception and the year your baby was conceived. If both are even or odd, it's a girl. If one is even and one is odd, oh baby — it's a boy!
Prediction: Girl
Has your spouse been indulging in your pregnancy cravings, too? If your hubby packs on a little sympathy weight, the tales say you're in for a sugary-sweet little girl.
Prediction: Girl
Actually, morning sickness means pink. If you're stricken with a queasy stomach during your first trimester, think ribbons and bows. If you sail through your pregnancy with nary an upset stomach, it's blue all the way.
Prediction: Girl
If you've got a preggo friend, try this little experiment on her. Place a key in front of her and ask her to pick it up.
If she grabs it by the narrow part, she'll have a sweet little girl. If she picks it up by the round part, she'll have an adorable little boy.
I didn't actually do this one but I know I'd pick the key up by the big part.
Prediction: Boy
Most of these are from a family education site. The heartbeat one I saw on multiple sites. 

So 2 of these predict boy and 5 predict girl. I was told I'm having a boy then at 2 future ultrasounds it was confirmed it was definitely a boy!  Did you do any old wives tales predictions and were they right?


  1. Funny yours was wrong. Mine was right!

    1. My friend did the ring test and it was right for all 3 of hers. I never did that though.