Old Wives’ Tales & The “Art” of Gender Prediction
Originally, today’s post was to be some book reviews of the pregnancy books I read early on. But yesterday, I got into a conversation with these lovely ladies about finding out the baby’s gender and old wives’ tales, and now I just can’t stop thinking about this topic! I started feeling some small baby movements for the first time over the weekend (which was SO. FREAKING. COOL! and EXCITING!), and I am just so excited to know who this little person inside of me is.
We had no plans for this past Sunday, so I decided to look up and test out some of those old wives’ tales for determining baby’s gender! It was a fun little experiment, even though I KNOW that the results don’t really mean anything. (Do they? DO THEY?! Hehe.)
Here were the wives’ tales I tested, and their accompanying results.
Chinese Gender Prediction Chart: GIRL
The Chinese Gender Prediction Chart is apparently over 700 years old and predicts the gender of the child based on the mother’s Chinese lunar age and the lunar month of conception. So you can’t just look at the ol’ chart and figure it out…first you’ve got to know your Chinese age and the lunar month. I found the easiest way to figure this out was to use the handy dandy Babycenter calculator, although there are numerous websites you can go to to learn more.
I think I am carrying high? Honestly, I have no freakin’ idea how I am carrying. Apparently if you carry high it’s a girl and if you carry low it’s a boy. Given that my bump is still rounding out at the bottom, I figured I was carrying high and chalked this one up to girl.
Ring Test: GIRL
Photo by Sarah Immel Photography
The ring test involves hanging your wedding ring on a string. Then, you lay flat, and have someone dangle the ring over your belly. If it swings back & forth in a straight line, you are having a girl. If it swings in a circle, you are having a boy.
Anything over 140 is considered a girl, anything under 140, boy. This really varies though, so I don’t put much stock in it. At my last appointment, the doctor listened to the heartbeat but didn’t tell me the rate, so I had to go with what I saw at my first ultrasound…164 bpm.
Morning sickness: BOY
I didn’t really have any. Girls are supposed to make you super sick.
My complexion is good and my hair & nails are even better than they were pre-pregnancy. (Seriously. My nails grow so fast! I love it!) Apparently, girls are supposed to suck the beauty out of you, so if your hair/skin/nails get worse, it means you’re having a girl.
Baking Soda Test: GIRL
This was a weird one and I almost didn’t do it, but I thought, what the hell. You put a little baking soda in a disposable cup, and then you, uh, pee in said cup. If it fizzes, you’re having a boy, if it doesn’t fizz, girl. No fizz here!
Penny Test: BOY
I only heard about this one from Jessica yesterday. So, you take a penny, and spit on it…give it a lot of spit. Then you press it up to the wall and hold for 30 seconds. If the penny sticks, you’re having a girl…if it doesn’t hold, boy!
I also thought I would include what WE think:
Mom’s Prediction: BOY
Dad’s Prediction: GIRL
If you’re keeping track, that’s 6-4 in favor of a little girl!
So, now it’s your turn to share. I’m dying to know: if you’ve been pregnant before and have tried some of these tests, were they accurate?