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Old Wives Tales That Predict Gender

Old Wives Tales that predict gender

Every new mother to be asks herself whether her new bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl. It’s an age-old question, and long ago, the only true way to find out was at birth! But that didn’t stop people from guessing and coming up with fun and wild ways to predict gender. Old Wives Tales, as they’re called, are still popular today. While you’re waiting for your gender confirmation ultrasound appointment, take a look at these. Are you familiar with any of these Old Wives Tales?

Old Wives Tales That Predict Gender

Baby’s Heart Rate

Around the fifth week of pregnancy, the baby’s heartbeat can be detected. It’s said that if the baby’s heart rate is under 140 beats per minute, it will be a boy. If is faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl

How You Carry Your Baby Belly

Old Wives Tales say that if you carry like a basketball (with all your belly in the front), you’re carrying a girl. If you’re carrying more like a watermelon (with your belly showing around the hips), that you’ll be having a boy.

The same can be said if you can tell a mom is pregnant from behind, that it’s a boy! If you cannot tell mom is pregnant from behind, it’s a girl.

And last but not least, if you’re carrying your baby low, it’s a boy and if you’re carrying high, it’s a girl!

The Ring Test

This is an oldie but goodie Old Wives Tale that predict gender. Take your wedding ring and tie it onto a string, and put it over your belly. If the ring starts swinging side to side, mazel tov – it’s a boy! If the ring starts going round in a circular motion, it’s a girl!


If you’re craving sweets, it’s a girl. If you’re crying salty treats, it will be a boy!
gender reveal donuts

Smelling Like Garlic

Speaking of food, here’s an Old Wives Tale predicting gender that we’re not so sure about – if you eat garlic and don’t smell like garlic afterward, it’s a girl! If you smell like garlic afterward, it’s a boy!

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is the worst, as any mother to be can confirm. It is said that if you have really awful morning sickness and nausea, it’s a girl! If you’re lucky and don’t have it too terrible, it’ll be a boy!

Look Into Your Eye

If you look at yourself in the mirror and your pupils are dilating, it means you’re having a boy. Or, maybe, there’s light reflecting off the mirror. 😉

Your Mood

Every pregnant mother to be can get a little moody and emotional from time to time, but according to the Old Wives Tales, if you’re a bit moodier than cool as a cucumber, you’re probably having a girl. If you’re able to keep your moodiness in check, you’re having a boy!

And last but not least!

Not quite an Old Wives Tale, but the Chinese gender chart is a trusted source for predicting whether your baby will be a boy or a girl! It’s done by comparing the age you were when you conceived your baby with the month of conception, and in between those two areas on the chart will tell you your future baby’s gender! Don’t believe us? Check out this Chinese gender prediction chart!



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