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Gender Prediction Myths and Old Wives Tales

by Katlyn Joy

While we know none of these gender predictions tests are scientifically sound, they are fun. And of course, they have a 50/50 chance of being right! If you really want to know the sex of your baby, CVS or amniocentesis testing are the only 100 percent ways. Even an ultrasound can be wrong, although they can be fairly reliable depending on the test and the position of the baby.

However, there are many old wives tales that claim to allow a woman to know if she is carrying a boy or a girl; And sometimes, a woman's intuition is enough to know which gender she is carrying. Here are someĀ  gender prediction wives tales.

Gender prediction based on how you carry

Gender prediction based on Mom's appearance

Gender prediction during pregnancy

Gender Prediction Tests

The Key Test

In this test a friend will hand the pregnant woman a key. If she picks it up by the wide round end, it's a boy that's on the way. If she picks it up by the narrow edge, it's a girl.

The Garlic Test

The pregnant woman eats garlic. If the smells reeks through her pores, she's expecting a son. If she still smells sweet, a girl of course is on the way.

Toddler Test

Hang out with a toddler boy. If he shows interest in your belly, you are pregnant with a girl.

Mom's Hands Test

Ask a pregnant woman to show her hands to you. If she presents her hands palms up then she is having a girl. Palms down means a son.

Even/odd test

If your birth year and your age are both even numbers or both odd numbers then you are going to give birth to a girl. If one is odd, the other even, a boy is on the way.

Dangling test

Dangle a wedding ring, key or pendant on a string over the pregnant belly. If the key swings back and forth it's a boy in there. If the key circles the tummy, then it's a girl.

Drano test

The Drano test is done by adding a couple tablespoons of drano to a cup of the pregnant woman's urine. If it turns darkish within a few moments, it's a boy. If the color remains unchanged it's a girl. However, this can create toxic fumes and is not considered a safe, let alone a reliable test for gender prediction.

Chinese Gender Predictor Chart

This test is available as an online tool and converts your age to the Chinese lunar calendar and crosses it with the month of conception to determine whether you expecting a boy or girl. It will only work with women who are 16 to 43 years of age.

Mom's Intuition

Apparently according to one study the mother of the baby is right about 71% of the time when she just guesses her baby's sex.

What do you think you are having? A boy, or a girl? Post a comment below and tell us!

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Gi uest Jan 8, 2014 06:51:38 AM ET

I think i'm having a boy. old wives tales say 50/50. i have 2 girls 2 boys and would love a boy to be next.

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Memory Jul 29, 2013 08:18:35 AM ET

I'm 16weeks pregnant and hoping for a baby boy. as i read up the old wives tales i think i might jus be blessed with a son!!! *crossing fingers*, good luck ladies!

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would be so blessed Jul 12, 2013 07:37:53 PM ET

I am thinking i'm pregnant and if i'm right, i am about a couple of weeks pregnant. my first pregnancy was 14 years ago with a son. i want my daughter now and so hoping i am pregnant with a mini me. have some symptoms but have been wrong before so i will wait a lil while longer before taking a hpt. wish me luck!

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Norma Jun 23, 2013 02:41:20 AM ET

I'm 7 weeks pregnant and its my second pregnancy.the first is a girl and now im praying toget a baby boy.i rilly wanna have a boy and i dont know what to eat to make a boy as im pregnant olready,i have flu,nauseous,tired,my fillings say its a boy

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Guest May 16, 2013 10:07:36 PM ET

When i was pregnant the ultrasound said i was having a girl...i carried the baby low and all in front (which usually means supposed to be a boy), since i work in retail every possible customer would come up to me and say that i must be carrying a boy....even when i'd tell them that the us says it's a girl...they'd still claim that us can be wrong and of course they managed to convince me in the end that us was wrong and that i was carrying a was a girl!!!! our beautiful girl cannot be girlier :)

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teale Apr 9, 2013 06:01:22 PM ET

This is my first baby, i really want a baby girl. a woman at work n i are both pregnant except she is two months ahead of me but all our symptoms have been completely opposite and she found out she's havin a boy! so we will see , keep finger crossed its a girl for me :) plus i'm havin a lot of the old wives tails pointing towards my lil girl.

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Krithi Mar 6, 2013 12:26:44 PM ET

Really want a baby boy. i m 13 week 4 days pregnant. but dint take any scan stil. i have less moning sickness. i s to like to eat salty taste, i m expecting boy. if its a girl.... omg i really feel very bad. please pray 4 me.

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Nyny Feb 8, 2013 09:44:21 AM ET

Deep down inside i feel like im having a boy.. but if its a girl ill be excited as well..

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alisa Nov 11, 2012 04:00:01 PM ET

With my first two pregnancies i had girls i was sick all the time and lost weight. with this pregnancy i feel great majority of the time only headaches and dizziness totally different from my last two pregnancies and i got a positive result the day of my cycle.

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Cece Oct 5, 2012 12:48:36 PM ET

We find out the gender in 6 days! i wrote up a list of 20+ old wives tales for fun, to guess the gender. find out what the sex will be today based on old wives tales, and vote in a poll on what gender you think my baby will be! or, direct link to old wives tales and polls: xoxo, cece follow our journey from ttc to pregnancy to parenthood on our baby blog.

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