You did it – you’re pregnant! Once the shock and disbelief abates, your mind will be excitedly racing with all that is in store over the next 9 months. Or more accurately, 18 years.
However cliche it may sound, when you down to it most folks just want a healthy baby. But most expectant parents still have a question invading their thoughts as they go through those first 16-20 weeks. What am I having – a boy or girl? Gender determination is one of the many highlights of pregnancy that helps you to further connect with your unborn child and allow you to prepare for their arrival.
My first pregnancy, with Cakes, I couldn’t wait to find out the gender. I did all the online gender quizzes I could find, consulted the Chinese Gender Calendar, and otherwise (impatiently) bided my time.
With my almost one year old, Cupcake, I just couldn’t sit around and wait. My husband wasn’t on board for any expensive tests or extra ultrasounds so I took to the internet and started doing some at home gender tests. As I’m preparing for Cupcake’s first birthday (it’s been a year already?), I’ve been looking through all of my old mementos from pregnancy and not only wanted to share with you the At Home Gender Tests but also this list of wives tales about baby gender that I did during that pregnancy along with the results so you can help decide your own stance on the accuracy of at home gender determination methods.
No two pregnancies are ever the same, so just because your symptoms suggested girl the first time it might not be true the next time.
1. The Chinese Gender Calendar is an insanely popular resource for expectant women to find out the sex of their unborn babies. And while it’s not exactly a wives tale, it is a gender predictor that has been around for generations and claims to have a 90% accuracy rate.
2. How you carry the baby. If you carry the baby high, you’re having a girl. If you carry your baby low, you’re having a boy. Determining the sex of the baby through position seems pretty far fetched to me as we all have different body types. But I did carry both of my girls high and out in front, so this wives tales proved true for me.
3. Constant cravings. You know the saying that little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice? Supposed what you yearn for is another way to determine gender and if you crave sweet things then it’s a girl and salty things you’ll be expecting a boy. This wives tale was 50/50 for me. I craved loads of sweets (donuts, pie, cake, etc) with my oldest. However, with my youngest, I craved salty and spicy things – think Philly cheesesteaks dripping with queso and jalapeños.
4. Ring gender test. If you place your wedding ring on a string above your bump, the way the ring swings is supposed to determine gender. Should the ring go from side to side, this means girl. If the ring spins in a circle, you’re supposed to be expecting a boy. My ring went from side to side with both girls.
5. Draino test. For this gender prediction test, you need to collect a sample of urine in a cup, then mix with Draino. The resulting color is purported to be a gender indicator. Green = girl, blue = boy. This is the one wives tale about baby gender that I didn’t do, so I don’t have any experience with how accurate this method is.
6. Headaches. Wives tales suggest that if you have headaches during pregnancy, this is a gender predictor you’re expecting a boy. No brain pulsing is supposed to mean it’s a girl. This was wrong for me – with both of my girls I had daily headaches.
7. Heart rate. If the baby’s heart rate at your appointment was above 140 beats per minute, the wives tale says you’re having a girl. And below 140 beats per minute, means you’re sure to have a little boy. This one was mostly true for both of my girls. Their heart rates, especially in the second trimester, were generally above 140. (I’m prone to worry so I invested in a doppler to check on the heartbeat and put my mind at ease between appointments.)
8. Morning sickness. If you threw up every morning and got nauseous during your first trimester, you’re pregnant with a girl. Iron stomach? You’re expecting a boy. Again, the opposite was true for me. I had zero morning sickness with either of my pregnancies.
9. First words from last pregnancy. This last wives tales is kind of unusual. It’s only meant for those with more than one child because the first words of the child from your last pregnancy are said to determine the gender of your current baby. I don’t know if sibling intuition exists but saying mama first means there’s a little girl in your future, while dada means boy. Here’s another one that tested true for me, my oldest said mama first and I did have a girl next.
What’s the accuracy of gender prediction tests? Of the nine wives tales about baby gender above, I tried or was able to use eight of the methods of determination. Of those eight, five and a half of them were accurate (half a point on the craving one). As far fetched as some might sound, these wives tales to determine gender seem pretty accurate to me.
Have you tried any of these methods? What kind of results did you have?