Gender Prediction Myths

by on January 11th, 2011
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Even these days, when scientific thought and logical explanations prevail, several theories and myths about how to determine your unborn baby’s sex are still commonplace. They appeal to people because they are just fun ways to guess at their baby’s sex until they find out the real answer at their anatomy scan or after birth. Here are a few common methods of determining the sex of your unborn baby. Remember, these are just for fun! The only surefire way to find out your baby’s sex is through an amniocentesis or birth, since every once in a while an ultrasound will be wrong!

Ring test

To perform this test, you’ll need to tie your wedding ring onto a long piece of thread. Then hold it over your belly. According to this method, if your ring swirls in circles, you’re having a girl. If it swings back and forth, you’re having a boy. Another version of this old wives’ tale says to use a needle in place of the ring.

Chinese Gender Prediction Chart

This is a chart that has been studied by many a pregnant woman in hopes of determining what her baby’s sex will be. You will need to find your age when the baby was conceived, as well as the month of the year that he/she was conceived in. Just for fun, here’s a link to the Chinese gender prediction chart: Chinese Gender Prediction Chart

How are you carrying?

Several theories of gender prediction claim that you can tell if your baby is a boy or girl by how you are carrying. For example, one says that if you’re carrying your baby high, you’re having a girl. If you baby bump is down low, it’s a boy. Another theory says that if your belly looks like a basketball, you’re having a boy. If it’s shaped like a watermelon, it’s a girl.

What are you craving?

According to this theory, if you are craving sweet foods you’re having a girl. Salty foods mean boy. (I actually craved different foods from both groups…and I wasn’t having boy/girl twins!)

Baby’s Heart Rate

Another old wives’ tale about gender prediction says that you can tell what you’re having based on your baby’s heart rate. If your baby’s heart rate is 140 beats per minute or above you’re supposedly having a girl, while less than 140 means boy.

More from this writer:

Common Pregnancy Myths and Old Wive’s Tales

Fun Ways to Announce Your Baby’s Gender

Ideas to Announce the Gender of your Twins


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