Tales of those old wives.

Do old wives’ tales really have any merit? Or are they just a bunch of superstition and nonsense? I do believe sometimes they are true, like when babies get fevers and a rash when they are teething. If enough moms over a long enough time period notice a pattern, maybe there’s something to it than just coincidence. When it comes to baby gender prediction, however, there are some really crazy ones! Just for fun though, Jeremy and I have decided to do some of the more fun, less crazy old wives’ tales. We’ll see how smart these old wives really are!

Ring Test: Using a string, hang your wedding ring over your pregnant belly. You are having a girl if the ring swings back and forth and it’s a boy if it swings in a circle. Back and forth- girl

Mayan Tale: The Mayan tale adds the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is an even number than mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way! 25+2012= 2037- boy

Acne: If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones. Yes- girl

Cravings: People believe that if you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you can count on having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl. Sweet- girl

Skin under Left Eye: The eye test is when a “V” or “branches” appear when you pull down the skin under your left eye. If you see a “V” or “branches” in the white part, you’re having a girl. This is a weird one. I have this “V”- girl

Toddlers: If a toddler boy expresses interest in a pregnant woman, she is having a girl. If he doesn’t show interest, she’s having a boy. Zane expresses interest sometimes- girl

Side You Most Rest On: If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl. Right- girl

What Do You Think?: 71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having. I think girl.

Morning Sickness: If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl. Not a very good predictor, I’ve been sick this pregnancy but was really sick with my boy. I won’t count this one.

Heart Rate: If the baby’s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy. 150 bpm- girl

Feet: Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. Yes- boy

Baking Soda: Mix urine with baking soda. If it bubbles a lot, it is a boy. Hardly any bubbling- girl

Pencil on a String: Put a needle in the eraser of a sharp pencil, tie a string to the needle, hold it over your wrist (palm up). If the pencil sways from side-to-side means girl, sways up-and-down (hand to elbow) means boy. Up and down- boy

Age + Month: Add your age to the month you conceived. If it’s an even number it’s a boy, if it’s an odd number it’s a girl. 25+4 (April)= 29- girl

Tummy Standing: If you have another young child, lay down and have someone hold them on your stomach with their feet lightly touching. If they hold their feet still, it’s a boy. If they move their feet, it’s a girl. Zane moved his feet (ouch)- girl

Chinese Gender Calendar, which predicts a boy.

Girl: 11

Boy: 4

Can’t wait to find out!!!!


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