32 Old Wives Tales for Baby Gender Prediction

32 Old Wives Tales for Baby Gender Prediction

While all that matters is a happy and healthy family, most parents count down the days until they know the gender of their little in-utero baby. Even if you are crazy like my husband and me, and wait until birth to know, there is so much fun to be had in guessing throughout pregnancy. Every time I am pregnant (this would be pregnancy #5, baby #4), I hear some other crazy way of guessing if baby is a girl or boy. From peeing on baking soda to spinning your wedding band, the wives’ tales seem to be endless. No fear, I have decided to compile a list of every gender wives’ tale I can find AND try as many of them as possible. I’m almost 15 weeks along and would love to partake in some ridiculous fun! I mean I know I’ll be giving birth to an actual baby, right? It can’t be a puppy. Although, if the wives’ tale doesn’t lean girl or boy, maybe it will be a puppy! Without further ado, bring on the wives’ tales!

Remember this is all in fun and you have a 50/50 shot at either gender, so don’t go buying pink or blue until you know for sure. I should also mention, that for every wives’ tale I read about, there was another one stating the opposite! So I averaged them out and created this list based on the most accurate resources.

The Chinese Gender Prediction Chart {source}

Apparently, from every reliable source I could find, this specific gender chart is the most accurate. According to the chart, BabyMac will be made of sugar and spice and everything nice! Oh a little girl would even out our playing field. (Secretly telling myself NOT to go buy flowered headbands.) To find the gender prediction, find the mother's age at conception (across the top of the table) and then the month in which conception occurred. Follow the column and row to the intersecting point. The color of the box tells you what the prediction is. 

Ramzi Method

This method is said to be 95% accurate. If you have an early ultrasound, you can see what side of the uterus the baby has attached to. This is where the placenta is forming. A transvaginal ultrasound results: Baby on the left side means girl, baby on the right means boy. However, if the ultrasound is down abdominally, the results are flipped: left is boy and right is girl.

Feel of Your Skin

Carrying a boy is said to give you dryer skin, and a little girl brings out all the oil. (BabyMac:Puppy. No real skin change.)

The “Glow”

Everyone complementing you on your gorgeous pregnancy glow? BOY. No comments? Girl. (BabyMac: Girl.)


A girl is said to “steal your beauty” and the extra oil that may give you a glow could also cause break outs. (BabyMac: Girl due to a few abnormal breakouts.)

The Linea Nigra

Some moms develop a dark line down the center of the belly. If the line continues above your belly button, you’re having a boy. If it finishes below your belly button, you have a girl bun in your oven.  (BabyMac: A puppy apparently. No line yet. But this was wrong for each of my other babies.)


If your hair becomes thick and glossy, it’s a boy. If your hair is so dull and limp that you look like you’ve been without running water for quite some time, it’s a girl. (BabyMac: A Puppy. No hair change... Maybe that’s boy?)

Baking Soda Test

This test is said to be about 80% accurate. Take two tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with your urine. If the solution fizzes you are having a boy, if it remains flat you are carrying a girl. (BabyMac: Girl)

Body Hair

If your body hair is growing thick and fast, you’re said to be having a boy. If your hair growth has remained normal, there might be a girl nestled in your womb. (BabyMac: Girl)

Weight Gain Placement

Carrying all of your extra weight out front, it’s a boy. If those pregnancy pounds are piling on all over, you might be expecting a daughter. (BabyMac: Puppy as of now. No weight gain yet, thanks morning sickness. But each pregnancy has been a “basketball bump.” So I would guess boy.)

Baby’s Heartrate

Girls are known to have faster heartbeats than boys. Above 140 bpm means you’re having a girl, and lower than 140 bpm means it’s a boy. (BabyMac is measuring a heartrate of 165 bpm right now. Girl.)


If you are suffering from a bad case of the cold feet, you might be expecting a boy. If your feet are as warm as ever, you might be carrying a girl. (BabyMac: Puppy. No real change, although I’m wearing socks right now snuggled at my desk. Hmmmm... Boy. Maybe.)

Foot Growth

You are not crazy if you feel as though your feet are growing. A baby boy is said to add a half size and a girl keeps your feet in your current shoes. (This one is so true for me! My boys each added ½ size and my daughter let my piggies remain tiny. BabyMac: No change. Girl as of now.)


Salty vs. Sweet. Salty food cravings are linked to boys and sweets mean girl. (BabyMac: Puppy. No word on savory food cravings. I want Thanksgiving dinner.)

Wedding Ring Test

Get your wedding ring and attach it to a piece of string. Lie down and have someone dangle the ring over your belly. If it starts moving in circles, you are having a boy, or if it moves from side to side, then you are having a girl. (BabyMac: Girl.)

Carrying High vs Low

Boy baby bellies are said to be low, while girls are up higher. This one cannot be done until further along, as your uterus sits lower throughout the first 4 months of pregnancy. (BabyMac: The uterus is just moving out of the hips, so no guess yet.)


This one can be read in different ways. Some say that any nausea at all means girl, and others say that actual vomiting means girl, while only nausea means boy. (BabyMac: Girl. I have NEVER been this sick during a pregnancy.)

Daddy’s Weight Gain

This one is pretty absurd, but I told you that I collected ALL the wives’ tales. If daddy is gaining weight, you are having a girl. If he remains svelte, it’s a boy. (BabyMac: Boy. Although, my husband is not a sympathy eater and has never gained during my pregnancies.)


Extreme headaches while pregnant are said to mean you are carrying a baby boy. No real headaches? Girl. (BabyMac: Girl. Unless I let myself get too hungry, then it’s a boy.)


Naturally falling asleep on the left side means you are carrying a boy, the right side is a girl. (BabyMac: A Puppy. I sleep with so many children in my bed that any position sleep occurs in is a great position.)

Dark Areola

The area around your nipple can expand and darken due to the hormones in pregnancy. If your areolas are darkening, you are carrying a boy. If they stay the same color, it’s a girl. (BabyMac: Girl.)

Breast Size

If your right breast is larger than your left, it’s a boy. The other way around is a girl. (BabyMac: My 22 month old just self-weaned and my breasts have not belonged to me since 2007. I have been pregnant and/or nursing since 2008! So I won’t give a guess on this one.)

Clumsy vs Graceful

If you are clumsier than usual, you may be carrying a boy. No real changes? Hello, girl. (BabyMac: Girl.)

Your Last Child’s Hair

Follow me here, everyone’s hair “swirls” a certain way from the back of their head. Our pediatrician swears by this wives’ tale and guesses all future clients based on it; and is typically right! Hair swirls clockwise: Girl. Hair swirls counterclockwise: Boy. (BabyMac:Girl.)

Urine Color

If your urine is a brighter yellow than normal, it’s a boy. Remember, your prenantal vitamin is probably causing this! (BabyMac: Boy.)

Nail Growth

Are your nails growing faster, thicker and stronger? You may be carrying a boy. If they are breaking easier than normal, think pink. (BabyMac: Boy.)

Absurd Pillow Direction

Apparently, the direction your pillow faces can predict the sex of your child. (I am not kidding.) A North facing pillow is a boy, while a South facing pillow is a girl. (BabyMac: This one must be a joke, right?)


Typically, you hear that heartburn means a head full of hair, but some say that it also means girl. (BabyMac: Boy.)

The Garlic Test

Put this one to the test at your own, and your partner’s risk. If you’re able to eat a lot of garlic but not smell like it, apparently that means you’re carrying a girl. (BabyMac: Puppy. Because, I’m not testing this one.)

Moody vs Mellow

If you’re feeling more moody than mellow, you might be having a girl. If you’re more chilled out, you should get ready for a boy. (BabyMac: Girl, but not at the extreme. I am crying over commercials, but I am not super cranky.)

The Eye Test

Look in the mirror for about a minute. If your pupils are dilating, it means you’re having a boy. (BabyMac: Girl.)

Red Cabbage Test

Chop a head of red cabbage into a bowl and pour boiling water over it all. Let it sit for ten minutes and strain the cabbage out, keeping the water in a clear bowl or glass. It will appear blue-ish. Set this aside. Urinate into a separate cup and then combine equal parts cabbage water and urine. If it turns red or pink, it is a boy. If it becomes a violet shade, it is a girl. (BabyMac: I don’t have any red cabbage laying around, so I’ll skip this one!)

The Mayan System

Legend says that the Mayans determines a baby’s sex by looking at the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or both are odd, it’s a girl. If one is even and the other is odd, it’s a boy. (BabyMac: Boy. I’m 32 and we conceived in 2015.) The Gender Prediction Verdict is in! Girl Predictions:  16 Boy Predictions:  6 Puppy Predictions:  7 Apparently, there’s a higher chance that this baby is a puppy than a boy. I guess we’ll find out in March! UPDATE!!  We have a beautiful baby BOY!  Who could have guessed that? What about you? Which predictions were right?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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