We examine some of the Old Wives’ Tales that claim to be able to predict whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
The myth: Some say the shape of your baby bump is an indicator of the gender of your baby. If you’re carrying your baby high and all at the front, they say, you are having a boy. If the bump is lower and more spread around the abdomen, it’s a girl.
Does it work? Unfortunately, no. Some women have bumps that look the same shape during two different pregnancies but end up with one boy and one girl!
The myth: If you have a lot of morning sickness, you are expecting a girl. Definitely.
Does it work? You don’t need to look very far to work out that this one is a myth. One of the most famous sufferers from hyperemesis gravidarum, is the Duchess of Cambridge – who has one boy and one girl, despite being really quite ill during the early months of both pregnancies.
The myth: Take a piece of string or sewing thread and put either your wedding ring or a needle on it. The idea is that you hang this over your bump and if the needle swings around in circles, it is a girl. If the needle or ring goes backwards and forwards, it’s a boy.
Does it work? If you hang something from a piece of string, it will probably move – so, no this method doesn’t work.
The myth: The tale says that a faster heart rate, at around 170 beats per minute, indicates a girl, whereas a slower heart rate, at about 150 beats per minute, means a boy.
Does it work? No, because your baby’s heart rate will change throughout your pregnancy, so, this isn’t a reliable method.
The myth: If you have acne, or are looking rather tired and drained, it’s thought you’re having a girl. However, if your skin is clear and you look ‘blooming’, it’s a boy.
Does it work? Very few women look “blooming” throughout the nine months of their pregnancy – so, don’t panic! This myth isn’t reliable either.
So, what do we think? These Old wives tales are exactly that!