Old Wives TalesI have heard....Is it true?
Old wives tales have been around forever and are just what they say the are: tales. These tales generally consist of superstition, folklore or unverified claims with exaggerated and untrue details. However, they can be fun to entertain during pregnancy.
Gender Prediction Wives Tales
- If you are carrying low, you're having a boy. If you are carrying high, then you must be having a girl.
- If you're having a girl, then the fetal heart rate will be above 140. A boy will have a heart rate below 140.
- Women expecting a girl will crave sweet foods, while women expecting a boy will crave sour foods.
- Dark nipples mean that you are having a boy.
- If you are carrying extra pounds around your hips and bottom, you can expect a boy. Women that are "all belly" will likely have a girl.
- If your husband or partner gains weight throughout the pregnancy, you can expect a girl. If he does not gain any weight, you're carrying a boy.
- If your right breast is larger than your left breast, you can expect a boy. If the left breast is larger, a girl is on her way.
- Sex is determine by the previous child's first word. If the word was mama, you can expect a girl. If the older sibling said dada first, you can expect a boy.
- Increased acne during pregnancy means you are having a girl.
- Drop a key and pick it up. If you picked it up by the thin end, you are having a girl. If you picked the key up by the thicker end, you are having a boy. If you picked the key up in the center, you can expect twins!
- Suspend a ring on a string over the mother's abdomen. If the key wings in a circular motion, you are having a girl. If the key swings back and forth in a stratight line, you can expect a boy.
- Pull down the skin under your left eye and look at the white part of your eye. If you see a vein that looks like a V or branches, you will be having a girl.
Additional Wives Tales Surrounding PregnancyDon't raise your arms above your head during pregnancy because it will cause the baby's umbilical cord to wrap around the head. This is a myth. Approximately 1/3 of all pregnancies will experience a wrapped cord. This occurs as a result of an active baby during fetal development.Don't take a bath while you are pregnant. This is a myth that many women once believed. The myth was centered around the thought that water would enter the vagina and introduce bacteria to the baby. Taking a bath is completely safe as long as the water is not too hot and the mother does not become overheated. It is not safe to take a bath once your water has broken.Do not wear a lei while you are pregnant or the umbilical cord will become tangled around the baby's neck and choke him. Again, this is not true. Feel free to wear as many lei's a syou would like while you are pregnant. Don't eat spicy foods during pregnancy. If you are accustomed to eating spicy foods or like them, it is safe to continue throughout pregnancy. However, if spicy foods turn your stomach, it is best to avoid them. Diarrhea can stimulate contractions, which could lead to preterm labor.If you don't drink enough water, your baby will be dirty. This is not true. The amniotic fluid replaces itself once every three hours. Drinking water is important during pregnancy, but the amniotic fluid will still function if water intake is low. Comments: Old Wives Tales
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379 days ago.
Says I'm having a girl. I'm 16 weeks so in 1 to 3 weeks we have our ultrasound and we'll see if they are right or not :)) mommakass
869 days ago.
On the morning sickness front I was SOO sick and lost over 15lbs during my first pregnancy and I had a little boy who is all boy! mommie-of-2
912 days ago.
I just thought that i would put in my experience with the old wives tales...We are having our 2nd little girl: Her heartbeat is 134-138, I crave lemons and spicy things (jalapenos!), The drano test was right for me, the ring test was wrong, my complexion is awful!, and I am carrying high. Some of them were right for me and some were wrong. I think that is fun to look at the old wives tales though! mcrchica
950 days ago.
I've got one that has been accurate for all 4 of my kids. The brown line that appears on your stomach, the linea negra, if it is pretty well straight from top to bottom your having a boy, if it's off and one line goes one way and the other another way your having a girl. 2 girls and 1 son and my new son on the way and the line is still straight. I knew before my U/S tech did. For those who get the line check it out :D mommalynch
1224 days ago.
According to all the tales, I should be having a girl. Nope, he's all boy, and proud of it! pantone
1230 days ago.
This prediction site was accurate for me. It said boy and that is what I had. This time is says girl, so we will see in May if it is right again!
http://www.obfocus.com/calculators/gender.htm sarah grogan
1266 days ago.
I dont know what i am having but 2 maybe 3ish out of those denger predictions wives tales i have - i crave sweet food - i have no weight only baby weight on me - im all bump -
im not with my babys father anymore but iv recently seen pics of him and he has gained a fair bit of weight(fat bastard haha) Be interesting to see what i do have - im due tomorrow - so its a waiting game now ! Bri
1267 days ago.
valeriepowers - I have one son and another on the way. My first pregnancy I had MS but it wasn't bad. With this next one I was put on Zofran because I couldn't keep food down and lost 10lbs. I thought for sure it was a girl because of how different the two were but nope! I'm having another boy. As for the hair thing. I had heartburn starting at 20weeks and it just got worse and worse with both pregnancies. My son was born with some but not the full head that you would expect from all the Tums I was downing. HAHA! It all pretty much fell out within a couple months. He's now two and has very thin hair. valeriepowers
1267 days ago.
I've heard of that. If you have morning sickness it's a girl and if not or almost none it's a boy. But I didn't have morning sickness and this is my first pregnancy and I'm having a girl. I've also heard if you crave sweets it's a girl and if you crave salty foods it's a boy. I crave sweets and salty but it's a girl. I never did believe in them old wives tales because some of them sound crazy. babyonboard1209
1290 days ago.
one old wives tale i heard my last pregnancy was if you have alot of heartburn then your baby will have lots of hair, i intend to believe this y because my son was born with lots of hair and to this day at 19 months his head is still full, so i have been having bad heartburn with this pregnancy and hopefully she is born with lots of hair to xNatiex
1416 days ago.
... im carrying low
... im all belly
... cravin sweet things
... have increased acne
would you like 2 guess what im having?x Tania37
1431 days ago.
Have have two kids and another one due in Aug. Most of the wives tales were true with all of my kids. I had dreams about each of them before they were born and what ever I had dreamt about came true. I had a boy first then a girl and now another girl. ljmom
1451 days ago.
I AM CARRYING LOW...AND I AM HAVING A BOY...BUT I AM ALSO ALL BELLY 2...NIPPLES ARE DARKER....SOME OF THESE RELATE 2 ME AND THE FACT I AM HAVING A BOY...MAKES YOU WONDER HMMMMMMMM manda-may
1456 days ago.
Hi everyone. I tried the ring over the belly bit to see if it predicted the sex of my twins. It did circles over one side, back and forth on the other, and then was perfectly still when it wasn't over a baby. But..... had two boys! So much for that theory! ha ha ha! I guess there was 33.3% chance of getting it right huh??!! Was quite crazy how it didn't move where the babies weren't though. I had to hold it over the left side and the middle of my tummy to get it to move, and at the next scan that's where the babies were!!! Leila08
1459 days ago.
I carried my son low and his heart rate was around 140-150. :) I like hearing these wives tale but then again they are often not true. My sister believes them sometimes and turns out being disappointed when the truth comes out. lastflingoftheovary40
1485 days ago.
with my second one I was convinced I was having a boy as the heart rate was consistently 110-120. I had a girl who was consistently laid back and calm baby and 14 years on is even more laid back. With three girls already, I joked the only way I'll get a boy this time is if he stopped to ask for directions to the egg! delarla
1489 days ago.
I was sold on the heartbeat one with my daughter because her heart rate never dropped below 160 and the chinese gender chart predicted girl too. Well this time its totally wrong. My sons heartbeat has never dropped below 165. I have a fetal doppler and check every night. THe only way i really knew it was a boy before the ultrasound is they say if you want to conceive a boy you need to bed as close as possible to ovulation and thats what happened with us! amynicole
1538 days ago.
i had a lil boy. it says hubby wont gain weight for boy, well he gained as much as i did. also i was all belly and it says that for girl, but yet i had boy. heart rate was 150 to 160 almost everytime heard it, once again that is for girl, but yet...so you cant always believe this stuff. i also did the chinese gender thing and it was wrong for me symoneisthebomb
1546 days ago.
that chines genderchart thingy said bioy for me...but they didnt have my age...17...but yeah it worked i guess becasue im haveing a boy ububeans
1547 days ago.
You shouldnt believe the heart rate. They say high in the 160's is a girl nope... my little girl has a hr of 139 o0kathryn0o
1547 days ago.
I'm craving sour foods, no sweets at all which is SO weird for me. And the heartrate was at 130. C'mon boy!!! Bek 30
1594 days ago.
This is the first time I have been to this page, and was amazed by how accurate it was for me.... but all is probably just a coincidence momofsoon2b4
1595 days ago.
Leslie - It has been correct for me all four times. It said i was having a girl and girl it is. However, there is two different charts out there. On one chart it said i was having a boy and the other chart said I was having a girl. But I think it's all in fun.....Good luck! amanda72385
1597 days ago.
hey girls when i was pregnant the second time around i had read some old wives tales on pregnancy and shockingly one proved true for me...if you already have your first and going on to number 2 or 3 or whatever check the previous childs hairline...if its a ducktale (makes a point in the middle) it will be a girl...if its straight across its gonna be a boy jennl
1597 days ago.
Mine said boy for my first and it was ... it saying girl for this one so we will see