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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 some  gender prediction wives tales.

Gender prediction based on how you carry

  • If you are carrying your baby high, it's supposed to be a girl while low means a boy.
  • If the weight is all out front, you are supposedly carrying a boy while if you have weight distributed to the sides and hips it's a girl.

Gender prediction based on Mom's appearance

  • If your face is round and full, you're expecting a girl.
  • When you have breakouts or more trouble with acne, you're pregnant with a girl.
  • If you look prettier while pregnant, it's a boy. The theory is a daughter will steal your looks!
  • If your right breast is larger, you're going to have a boy. If the left one is bigger, it's a girl.

Gender prediction during pregnancy

  • Lots of morning sickness? Blame a daughter.
  • Craving sweets? Again, it's a girl. Sour or salty? It's a son.
  • Is the daddy gaining weight too? Then you're pregnant with a boy.
  • Are you sleeping on your left side more than your right? You are expecting a boy.
  • Are you dreaming of cigars, trucks, snakes, anything masculine or shaped like a penis? That means a boy. Dreaming of keyholes, fish, kitchen things, or beauty items means a girl.
  • Are you especially moody? You are pregnant with a daughter.
  • Cool and calm, you are expecting a son.
  • Are you tripping all over yourself and dropping things constantly? This means you're having a boy while being smooth and graceful means a girl is on the way.
  • Soft hands means a girl, while dry skin on your hands means you're pregnant with a boy.
  • Who is less stressed in the pregnancy? Whoever is cooler determines the sex. If dad is chill, you are expecting a son. If mom is the cool cucumber, a daughter is on the way.
  • Baby's heartbeat faster than 140 beats a minute supposedly means it's a girl while under 130 beats a minute is supposed to mean it's a boy. Between 130 and 140? Anyone's guess!

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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maggie Nov 10, 2014 10:37:10 AM ET

When i'm out shopping, everything i can see is boy stuff, lil cool "man" clothes. i'm not interested in girls things, so i guess i'm having a boy. i have a 5 years old son too. now i'm turning 31 weeks and i'm still not sure what sex my lil one is. once it was a girl in my dream, but i'm almost 90 percent sure its a boy. also, my doctor said it was a boy, and she was very sure when i had my first ultrasound at 14 weeks. but, i just don't trust that much because my baby was so little. :) i'm expecting a boy, so we'll see at the 36th week. :)

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Elisabeth Nov 10, 2014 01:48:06 AM ET

I think i'm having a boy.

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Lisa Nov 9, 2014 01:32:09 PM ET

I have 2 girls 2 boys, and i'm 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant. i like all the things that i liked before when pregnant, but i think i'm having a boy.

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Jane Nov 8, 2014 05:49:43 PM ET

I dreamed that i was having a boy, but something tells me i'm having a girl. i guess i'll have to wait and see:)

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Guest Nov 5, 2014 02:24:16 PM ET

I dreamed i was having a girl several times, but my doctor said it was all boy. i dreamed that they told me a mistake was made and it was a girl.

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cbrunet Nov 4, 2014 11:04:00 PM ET

I hoping for a girl. i have 3 sons, and i've always dream about my little girl. pray for me.

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Amanda Oct 25, 2014 01:55:35 AM ET

I personally didn't like sweets a lot before pregnancy. i preferred salty foods. but, now i prefer to eat sweets. i honestly believe it's a girl but the husband wants a boy.

jen Nov 4, 2014 10:45:44 AM ET

I'm in the same boat. i have a boy and a girl already, so this baby is to be my tie breaker. but, i think it's a girl based on the morning sickness and the craving of sweets. good luck on your pregnancy.

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dayana Sep 30, 2014 02:47:36 AM ET

I have a feeling i'm having a boy.

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Guest Sep 23, 2014 01:47:51 PM ET

I'm so confused about the food, because i eat every kind of food like salty, sweet, meat etc. i personally liked sweet foods even before pregnancy. i didn't have morning sickness the first 3 weeks. i'm 22 weeks pregnant. what should i expect if i'm having girl or boy?

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khusbhu Jul 20, 2014 05:14:04 AM ET

I'm 32 weeks pregnant. i already have a girl who is 6yrs, and i'm expecting a boy. i had an ultrasound, and it shows a boy, but one says a girl and other says boy. i'm confused. my husband also said a boy during my first pregnancy. i had nausea, was not able to eat anything, but i had gained a lot of weight. i had acne throughout the 9 months, but this time no acne. i eat a lot so of course i'm gaining weight.

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