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Old Wives' Tales for Gender Prediction

December 20, 2021

Don’t you just love all of those well-meaning older ladies who give freely of their advice when it comes to pregnancy and childbearing? I swear once I became pregnant it suddenly seemed like the population of women over the age of 60 had tripled and they all knew everything I had to do to relieve my morning sickness, scolded me for over-exerting myself by pushing a grocery cart, and most entertaining of all, somehow knew the gender of my baby even before I did.

Whether you buy the old wives’ tales or not, they can be pretty entertaining to test out, and some people swear by their predictive power. So here are some common wives’ tales for early gender prediction. What do you think – common pregnancy symptoms or clues on who’s to come?

old wives tales gender prediction

It’s a BOY if…

  • Your skin is better than ever, glowing even
  • Your baby’s heartbeat is less than 140 bpm
  • You perform the ring test and it spins in a back and forth, pendulum-like motion
  • Dad gains weight rather than maintains or loses
  • You crave salty foods or meat
  • You carry the baby low
  • Your right boob is bigger than your left
  • Your belly is rounder, like a basketball
  • You gain more weight in the thighs than anywhere else
  • You’re clumsier than usual
  • Your feet are always cold
  • Your age at conception added to the month of conception is an odd number
  • You sleep on your left side
  • You’re hairier than usual
  • Your face is long and lean and doesn’t get rounder

It’s a GIRL if…

  • Your skin is pimply and less clear than usual
  • Your baby’s heartbeat is more than 140 bpm
  • You do the ring test and it moves in circles
  • Dad maintains his weight or stays fit
  • You crave sweets and/or ice
  • You carry the baby high
  • Your left boob is bigger than your right
  • Your belly is wider life a watermelon rather than round
  • You gain most of your weight in your belly
  • You’re still graceful
  • Your feet aren’t any colder than usual
  • Your age at conception added to the month of conception is an even number
  • You sleep on your right side
  • Your body hair grows at the same rate as pre-pregnancy
  • Your face is rounder than usual

Author Bio

Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams