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Gender Prediction Myths and Old Wives Tales

by Katlyn Joy | May 26, 2011

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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Jessyka Feb 13, 2015 11:25:31 PM ET

Aww. i have a 2 1/2 yr old boy, a 7 month old boy, and i'm preggers with baby #3. this is completely different than with my boys. please let it be a girl. all the wives tales were right for them, and are pointing towards a little princess this time.

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het Jan 8, 2015 03:47:03 PM ET

I am 33 weeks pregnant. i've done my sonogram at 18 weeks. they said it's a girl, but i'm not sure. is the ultrasound 100% accurate?

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unathi Jan 5, 2015 05:47:42 PM ET

I like sour sweets, strawberries. i mostly sleep on my right side. my hands are very dry. but, i can't really tell if it's a boy or girl. but, my husband and i prayed for boy first, then girl.

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Guest Jan 5, 2015 09:13:39 AM ET

I'm 19 weeks pregnant, and most signs point to me having a boy, although it's like it's hereditary to not show many signs or symptoms in my family. i'm hoping for a girl.

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jessika Dec 30, 2014 06:43:45 PM ET

I'm 20 weeks. i kept having dreams of baby boys. i went to get a sonogram done two weeks ago to find out the gender of my baby. it turns out i'm having a girl!

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Adilene Dec 12, 2014 05:35:59 PM ET

I'm 19 weeks and five days pregnant. they told me yesterday that they think i'm having a boy. but, they aren't sure because the baby had the little hands crossed covering the privates. i have a 21 month old son who recently became super attached to me. and my niece wont come to me, but will be stuck on me and smile but wont let me hold her. i also crave sweets. my belly is low and small. i'm a petite women, only weighing 102 lbs. i'm very confused about all these wives tales. i must admit i was a little disappointed when they said it might be a boy. i have my prince and i'm hoping for my little princess. my husband says that if it's a boy, i'll have my 3 knights to protect me and they'll have their princess to protect. i'm praying for a baby girl though.

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honey Dec 12, 2014 04:14:58 PM ET

I'm just confused. i'm 18 weeks now with my first baby. i don't have cravings, and i eat everything from sweet to sour to salty. i'm wishing for a boy, but my hubby wants a girl. i guess i will just have to wait and see.

Guest Dec 31, 2014 11:00:48 PM ET

Omgosh, me and my boyfriend are the same way, and i eat both sweet and salty foods.

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kat Dec 8, 2014 03:24:16 PM ET

I have a 2 year boy, and i'm pregnant with my second. i'm 14 weeks and my son has been so attached to me. he cries a lot, and he just wants to be on top of me. he kisses me, and hugs me. if you tell him something he cries. he's so emotional. what does this mean?

Bethany Jan 20, 2015 12:05:31 PM ET

My son is the same way! he wants to be on top of me all the time, and he rubs my tummy constantly. i've never told him to or anything, but in the last 2-3 weeks he has started being very clingy.

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Guest Dec 7, 2014 08:12:24 AM ET

I have 7 boys. i think i am having a girl this time, as all the boy things was right on. this is not the same, but i'm sure it's a girl. tina, 11 weeks.

7sons Dec 10, 2014 12:07:41 PM ET

I also have 7 sons. a huge part of me feels like this is my baby girl. but, i always wanted a girl, and i got nothing but boys. i'm 7 weeks pregnant now and i'm starting to feel sick. the only thing different about this pregnancy so far is that i found out so early. i found out when i was 4 weeks.

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Vidita Nov 26, 2014 04:06:59 AM ET

Hey you all. this is my first pregnancy, and i am in my 30th week. as for the home myths, people asked me if i was eating sweets. also, that the nipple of my boobs will indicate the gender. but, sometimes when i read it on web it is similar to my nature. when i think that i am having a boy, somewhere it says differently, like eating sour foods.

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