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Gender Prediction Myths and Old Wives Tales

by Katlyn Joy | May 26, 2011 8:52 AM

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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Eram Apr 15, 2018 07:36:48 PM ET

I would like to have a healthy boy or girl but, my hubby really wants a boy.

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Lungile Feb 4, 2018 04:28:33 AM ET

For now i eat salty and sour foods,but i have a sweet tooth for some foods. the smell of garlic and onions,raw cooking meat e.t.c makes me sick to my stomach. i vomit at times.

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Tiffany Nov 7, 2017 04:03:03 AM ET

I believe i'm having a girl because, with this pregnancy everything i eat has to have a sweet taste. i have a 2 year old son who is now glued to me and never has been. when i was pregnant with my son, my 2 year old niece was the same way.

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Steph Nov 5, 2017 01:29:31 AM ET

I'm only 9 weeks and the feeling of this baby is totally different. i have 6 girls and 2 boys and this pregnancy is the same as my boys. but, i've gained a lot more weight with this one already.

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slondy Oct 19, 2017 04:34:53 PM ET

I'm 28 weeks pregnant and i don't understand myself sometimes. i'm craving salty food and it doesn't happen all the time. i don't understand my belly, whether it is low or high. but, my child usually moves on my uterus, i think near the bladder because i keep on urinating frequently.. so, is it a boy or girl?

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Manda Oct 15, 2017 09:21:02 AM ET

Praying for a boy!

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Priya Oct 11, 2017 09:59:08 AM ET

I want a baby boy but, signs shows its girl. no problem but, my first priority is a healthy baby.

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Sara Jun 20, 2017 05:28:04 PM ET

The majority of these tests point to a girl, and my intuition all my life is that i'd have a girl first, and only in this pregnancy have i found myself really wanting a boy.

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Delight Jun 20, 2017 12:24:16 PM ET

I believe i'm having a boy...i've got this strong feeling it's a boy!

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Vandana May 7, 2017 02:01:05 PM ET

I have a strong feeling of carrying a boy.

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