Predict your baby’s gender with old wives’ tales

Predict your baby’s gender with old wives’ tales

Various old wives’ tales about pregnancy still persist in spite of modern advances in science. But if you want something a bit more fun (although not necessarily very reliable), here are some that claim to be able to determine the sex of your baby.

Old wives' tales and baby gender

Let the old wives predict your baby’s gender

An old wives’ tale is defined by the Collins English Dictionary as, “a belief, usually superstitious … passed on by word of mouth as a piece of traditional wisdom.” These old wives’ tales are not backed up by research and there is no medical science behind it. But it’s fun to try and guess the baby’s gender beforehand!

1. Predict your baby’s gender: A high or low bump?

Many people will want to look at your belly and think they can guess just from looking! So as the tale goes, if you are carrying low, it’s a boy, or if you’re carrying high it’s a girl. But it more likely that the way the baby is carried depends on your own physique.

2. Predict your baby’s gender: The black line

A linea nigra (Latin for ‘black line) may appear on your belly during pregnancy. But some women do not develop a linea nigra. This is a purple-brownish line that runs down the middle of your belly to your pubic area. Hormonal changes  cause the linea nigra pigmentation, but it’s not known why it forms in the vertical line.

If you get a línea nigra and it runs from your pubic area up to your belly button, it’s a girl, and if it goes all the way up from the pubic area to the lower rib cage, then it’s a boy.

3. Predict your baby’s gender: Dry or soft skin?

If your skin is dry you may be having a boy – if it’s soft, then it’s a girl.

Me becomes we...

Me becomes we…

4. Predict your baby’s gender: Your crowning glory

Has your hair become thin and dull? Or full-bodied and glossy? Thin and dull says girl ; gorgeous and glossy says a boy.

5. Predict your baby’s gender: Where goes the extra weight?

If you are carrying extra weight at the front, then you’re having a boy… but if you are carrying extra weight on your butt and hips, then you have been carrying a girl.

6. Predict your baby’s gender: Different tastes

If you crave sweet foods like chocolate and soft drinks you could be having a girl. But if you’re craving sour or salty foods then you could be having a boy.

7. Predict your baby’s gender: Ring over the belly

Tie a strand of your hair to a ring. Lie down and let the ring dangle over your belly. If the rings moves in circles, you are having a boy, or if it swings from side to side you are having a girl.

morning sickness during pregnancy

8. Predict your baby’s gender: Morning sickness

Did you experience morning sickness in early pregnancy? If you did, then you’re said to be carrying a girl, but if you didn’t have morning sickness, then it’s a boy.

9. Predict your baby’s gender: Faster hair growth on your legs?

Has the hair on your legs grown faster than normal? If it’s growing faster than before you became pregnant, then you’re said to be having a boy.

Hide those pregnancy flaws!

10. Predict your baby’s gender: flip the coin

When all else fails… just take a wild guess before you schedule an ultrasound – you still have a  50% chance of getting it right!

Note: Since these are only old wives tales – we take no responsibility for their accuracy.


For more related articles on pregnancy, see:

Baby gender prediction test

Natural baby gender selection

Predicting the gender of your baby

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Written by

Felicia Chin

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