For many women, maternal instincts offer assurances into the baby's sex. There are many old wives' tales and rumors circulating that advise on how to guess your baby's gender. The following is a look at the different ways that women use to predict whether their unborn child will be a boy or girl.
Carrying high in your abdominal area seeming to jut out of the ribs and end at the belly button is often a sign that a woman is carrying a boy, especially if the pregnancy is only visible from the front or side. On the other hand, low stomach protrusions and extremely sore hips are often a sign that a girl will be joining your family. Whether there is any truth to this, a high percentage of women put their faith in this prediction tool.
There are many other old wives' tales and tricks that many believe help guess your baby's sex:
- A larger left breast is believed to signify the imminent birth of a girl, while a larger right breast signals a boy is coming.
- Intense morning sickness is far more common in women who are carrying a girl.
- Lengthy spans of moody behavior and mood swings occur more often and more severe in women who are pregnant with girls.
- Boys tend to kick lower, where as girl fetuses often imbed their heels and elbows under the ribs.
- Hold a needle by a string over an expecting mother's stomach. Allow the needle to move naturally. If the needle spins slowly in a circle, the baby will be a girl. If it swings back and forth, expect a boy.
- Pregnant women also tend to get a more severe case of acne when carrying a girl.
- Have the mother-to-be pick up a dropped key. If she picks the key up from the round top, a boy is on the way. If she picks it up from the pointed end, a girl is coming.
- Ask a mother-to-be to see her hands. If she presents her hands with the palms down, a boy is about to join the family. If she presents her hands with the palms up, a girl will be born.
- Have the expectant mother mix a small sample of her urine with a teaspoon or so of Drano. If the urine turns greenish-blue, green, doesn't change, or turns greenish-brown a girl is likely in the womb. Dark yellows, blacks, plain browns, and bright blues suggest a male child is expected.
- Some feel the neonatal heart rate can determine the baby's sex. Higher than 140 is more common in a girl. A heart rate lower than 140 indicates a boy.
- If your husband or significant other gains weight during your pregnancy, a girl is coming.
- Studies show that 71% of the time, women who already have children can correctly guess the sex of expectant women's children by looking at the size and shape of the mother-to-be's pregnant bulge.
- Pregnancy cravings can also predict the sex of your child. Chocolate often is linked with a female fetus, while lemon and vinegar are linked to boys.
All of these explanations are based on historic myths among a varying number of cultures. Whether they are true or not are debatable, but some women find that certain indicators do work. In the end, a strong percentage of mothers-to-be are able to determine their baby's sex by the feel of the infant's movements and the shape of their pregnant belly. Ultrasound and amniocentesis are the only true indicators of your baby's sex. Yet, these alternative methods can be fun to use if you still want to be surprised at the birth of your child.