Pink or blue? Girl or boy? Now that you’re pregnant, you and everyone around you is probably anxious to find out whether you’re having a baby girl or a baby boy. You usually have to wait until at least 18 to 20 weeks for an ultrasound to determine the gender, according to the WebMD site. In the meantime, you can base your predictions on a few old fashioned wives tales. Keep in mind, an ultrasound, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling or DNA test of the mother's blood are the only sure ways to predict your baby’s gender, and even those aren't foolproof.
The Way You’re Carrying
Many believe the way you’re carrying the baby can determine gender. The old myth says if your belly is low and all in front, you’re having a boy. If it’s high and stretched across the middle, you’re having a girl. According to the WebMD site, though, the way you carry is determined by the tone of your muscles, the position of the baby, your body shape and weight gain during pregnancy.
Supposedly, a little girl will steal your beauty, leading to acne break-outs and other skin blemishes. Your hair also might develop red highlights if it’s a little girl. A little boy will give you dry hands and cold feet, but the hair on your legs might grow faster during pregnancy.
Baby’s Heart Rate
Next time you’re at the doctor, ask how fast your baby’s heart is beating. One myth says if the baby’s heart beats faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl. If it beats less than 140 beats per minute, it’s a boy. According to a study published in 2006 by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wright State University, there is no difference between a girl and boy heart rate during the first trimester. A study by Loran International Technologies and the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at John Radcliffe Hospital, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999, did show that a girl baby’s heart rate is faster than a boy’s right before delivery. According to the IntelliGender website, a baby’s normal heart rate ranges from 120 to 160 beats per minute, regardless of gender.
What do you crave during pregnancy? If you have an increased sweet tooth, the myth says you’re having a girl. If you’re craving salty and savory, it’s a boy.
How have you felt during your pregnancy? One myth says if you have morning sickness all day, you’re having a girl. WebMD says there is some truth to this myth because certain studies have found that women with severe morning sickness are more likely to be carrying girls. A 1999 study conducted at a Swedish hospital found that just more than 51 percent of women admitted with severe morning sickness were having girls compared to just more than 44 percent of women who were having boys. It’s believed that the pregnancy hormone hCG, which is responsible for morning sickness, is higher in women carrying baby girls. That doesn’t mean you won’t have morning sickness if you’re carrying a boy, though.
Chinese Lunar Calendar
The Chinese Lunar Calendar uses the mother’s lunar age when the baby was conceived and the month of conception to predict the baby’s gender. Your lunar age is usually a year or two older than your actual age, depending on what month you were born. You have to look at a Chinese Lunar Calendar to check your gender prediction.
- WebMD: Can You Guess Your Baby's Sex?
- immihelp.com: Chinese Lunar Calendar - Gender Prediction
- FamilyEducation: 10 Gender Predicting Old Wives' Tales
- IntelliGender: Gender Myths
- WebMD: Predicting Your Baby's Sex
- Parenting: Am I Having a Boy or a Girl? Fun Ways to Tell
- U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: Gender-related Differences in Fetal Heart Rate During First Trimester
- American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Fetal Heart Rate Patterns in Term Labor Vary With Sex, Gestational Age, Epidural Analgesia, and Fetal Weight
- NewScientist: Bumpology - Can Old Wives' Tales Tell Me My Baby's Sex?
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