It’s hard to believe on Saturday S. and I find out if I am growing a boy or a girl. I will feel silly if it’s a girl because I’ve called it him for so long. We are planning a fun gender reveal on Christmas when our families are all together. Which also means we have to keep this HUGE secret for a few days, which already seems like eternity. I am not sure how people keep pregnancies a secret for so long.

I stole this idea from another infertility blog I frequent, but let’s look at some old wives tales to determine the sex of Baby W.

Old Wives Tale #4:  Heart Rate
If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl.  If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
The only time we tracked the heart rate, it was 139. It’s a boy … barely!
Old Wives Tale #12:  Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl.  If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
I feel like it’s too soon to figure this out. But my lower belly is hard, but hard towards the center. I am going to say high and go with a girl.
Old Wives Tale #13:  Ring Test
Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly.  You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth  and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle.
Definitely a circle. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #14:  Shape of Mom’s Face
When your face gets fuller and rounder when pregnant, it means you’re going to have a girl.  If your face is long and narrow, it’s a boy.
I feel like my face has gotten narrower as of now. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #15:  Key Test
Pick up a key.  If you pick up a key at the top (the roundest part), you are going to have a boy.  If you pick up the key at the bottom (smallest part), you are going to have a girl.  If you happen to grab the key in the middle, congrats, it’s twins!
Before reading the test I picked up a key by the biggest part. Boy
Old Wives Tale #16:  Mayan Tale
The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception.  If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl.  If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!
Result: 2,039. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #17:  Drano Test
The drano test combines a tablespoon of Drano and urine together.  If the mixture turns green, it’s a girl.  If it turns blue, it’s a boy.
Yeah, I’m not going to do this one.
Old Wives Tale #18:  Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl.  It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.
My skin has been very dry, no acne. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #19:  Cravings
People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy.  If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.
I feel like my biggest cravings have been Dirty Potato Chips and Peanut Butter. Boy!
Old Wives Tale #21:  Ultrasound
I’m not sure that this falls under ‘old wives tales’, but, as with anything, ultrasounds may not be accurate all of the time.
Too early to tell.
Old Wives Tale #22:  Skin under Left Eye
The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye.  If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl.
I see none. Boy.

Old Wives Tale #25:  History of Parent’s Kids
You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order.  If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child.  If you are the middle child, you will have what she said, but starting with the third child.  If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order.  I think this tale only works when the parent’s had three kids.
I am the first born, and Mom’s second (and last kid) was a boy. Thus, it’s a boy!
Old Wives Tale #26:  Time of Conception
The person that is most aggressive in bed at the time of conception is the opposite of what the baby will be.
This is weird and not something I remember or care to share. Plus with fertility treatments, I am sure we were in the ‘let’s get this done’ mind.
Old Wives Tale #27:  Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy.  If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.
Sam said I was gaining weight in my legs. It’s a boy 🙂
Old Wives Tale #28:  Moodiness and a Little Pecker
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you.  Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.
This is really creepy, but I would say I’m happier. Boy.

Old Wives Tale #29:  Bread
If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy.  If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.
Who eats the butt of the bread? Gross. It’s a girl.
Old Wives Tale #30:  Chinese Gender Chart
The Chinese Gender Chart claims to have an accuracy rate of over 90%.  It is based on how old the mother is at conception and the month that she conceived.
Boy.
Old Wives Tale #31:  Mom’s Beauty
Basically you are having a girl if your beauty disappears during pregnancy.  It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty.  If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy.
All I hear is the pregnancy glow and how happy and thin I look. It’s boy!
Old Wives Tale #33:  Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl.  If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.
Clumsy by far. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #34:  Toddlers
If a toddler boy expresses interest in a pregnant woman, she is having a girl.  If he doesn’t show interest, she’s having a boy.
The only toddler I’ve been around has shown zero interest in me, and all the interest in S. It’s a boy!
Old Wives Tale #35:  Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy.  If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.
I prefer the right. Girl.
Old Wives Tale #39:  Necklace Over Hand
Have someone hold a necklace over your hand.  If the necklace swings back and forth, it’s a boy.  If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl.
Back and forth. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #40:  What Do You Think?
71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
Boy!
Old Wives Tale #41:  Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy.  If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
Easy Peasy, boy.
Old Wives Tale #43:  Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.
Slim Jims … boy.
Old Wives Tale #44:  Feet
Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant?  If so, you just might be having a boy.  If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.
Feet are freezing! Boy.
Old Wives Tale #45:  Hair on Legs
If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.
I’m like Tim Allen on the Santa Clause. It’s hilarious and gross. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #46:  Hands are Dry
If your hands are constantly dry, it’s a boy.
What if your dry ALL OVER ALL THE TIME? Boy.
Old Wives Tale #49:  Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.
I miss my Excedrine Migraine. Boy.
Old Wives Tale #51:  Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particular baby.
We already agree on a boy AND girl name! 🙂

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