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Old Wives Tales Used for Baby Gender Prediction

Nowadays so many pregnant women find out if they are having a boy or a girl through an ultrasound, usually around 20 weeks. While there are still people who choose to keep it a surprise, I am not one of them. I like to know! And we’ll (hopefully!) be finding out in a couple weeks. Still, it’s fun to try and guess whether you plan on finding out at the birth or beforehand. In fact, it seems women have been guessing for years and coming up with all sorts of methods to predict what mama is carrying in her womb. (Also, I know the proper terminology is predicting baby’s sex rather than gender, but gender prediction is the commonly used term.)

So, I went looking for a list of old wives tales and found a great listing over at There are several I didn’t try to do or I felt didn’t apply very well, so I’m sharing the results I did get and lets see if we can guess what Baby #2 is!

Old Wives Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

I will share the basic “test” and my result. I guess whichever gets more votes wins?

  • Sleep position – I prefer sleeping on my right = Girl
  • I’ve hardly had any morning sickness = Boy (I had some with Rissa but not bad)
  • Food Cravings – I’m not exactly craving fruit but I am wanting/choosing it more so I guess that means Girl
  • Sugar & spice cravings – Cravings for salty food is boy and sweets is girl…. umm I like both a lot.
  • Acne – I had a small breakout = Girl
  • Graceful or Clumsy – I’m a little more clumsy than usual but was also last time! = Boy
  • Mood swings (who doesn’t have those while preggo?!) = Girl
  • High or low belly – I have a high belly already (again!) = Girl
  • Baby weight – I’m expanding all around my middle (though I’m not technically gaining much for weight) = Girl
  • Model Your Hands – I show palms up = Girl
  • Even and Odd Numbers based on my age and year of conception – I have mixed numbers (did last time too) = Boy
  • Baby’s Heartbeat – If it’s more than 150 times per minute, it’s a girl; less than 150, it’s a boy. (I haven’t been given a heart rate yet!)
  • Stress Test – Baby will likely be the same sex as the parent who is less stressed at conception = Girl (Totally wrong last time though! I was crazy stressed at work)
  • Dream Meanings – You’ll have the opposite of what you dream about while preggo = Boy (I’ve only had one dream so far about having a girl, but last time I had several dreams about having a little girl!)

Total: Girl – 7; Boy – 4… hmm….

Next week I’ll share some more gender prediction tests as well as the results of prediction tests done by some fellow bloggers!

Did you pay attention to any of the old wives tales? Were they right?


Image credit: AJC1 @ Flickr

Heather M

Saturday 19th of January 2013

Some were right for me, some were wrong.

With my last pregnancy here's what I got Slept on right side: Girl Nausea, but not sick: Boy (I didn't have nausea OR sickness with my daughter either) Soft hands: Girl Acne: girl Graceful/Clumsy: graceful Boy Fuller face: Girl Cravings: I craved juice with my daughter and everything salty with my son Mood: Boy High belly: girl Baby weight: Boy (but I did gain ALL OVER, but you couldn't tell from the back) model hands: don't know Even and odd: Boy Heartbeat: girl breast size: boy (but my left is always larger)

Girl- 6 boy- 6 He was a little boy! So it's 50% right lol


Monday 14th of January 2013

I hardly had any morning sickness with my DAUGHTER, Amber. :D


michelle r

Saturday 7th of July 2012

im thinking another girl for you too


Monday 9th of July 2012

I'm kinda thinking that too ;)


Friday 6th of July 2012

The only one that was right for me was babies first word. Mama= girl next, Dada=boy next. This was accurate twice.


Monday 9th of July 2012

I've never heard that one - very interesting! Rissa said dada before mama so that'd be boy next if true.


Friday 6th of July 2012

Well I was deathly sick with my boy. With my girl, I was slightly sick but no where near what I has with my boy. I craved sweet things with haylet and salty foods with Zane, which I heard does add up. I do tend to somewhat agree with wives tales!


Monday 9th of July 2012

I think it's so interesting how differently we all experience our pregnancies! When my results are mixed like craving sweet and salty my dad likes to joke about twins lol