Predict the gender of your baby (Part 3)

To end my mini-series of gender predicting, I will provide you with list of the other ways to predict the gender of your baby: either from the internet ( has a list), or patients, or other reading. None of the below have been supported by studies … but are fun to try. No matter what, your odds of predicting the gender of your baby are always 50/50!

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Skin changes:  Awful skin break outs means you are having a girl. Your baby fetus is “trying to steal their mother’s beauty”.

Cravings:  Sweet: girl. Sour and salty: boy.

Chinese gender calendar predictor: Enter you age and month at time of conception … and voila! you are told if it’s a boy or girl. Google this one.

Draino challenge test:
Mix your urine with Draino. Green: girl. Blue: boy.

Mayan calendar: Look at your age and the year at time of conception. If both are even or odd: girl. If one is even and other odd: boy.

Key test: Put a key in front of your pregnant belly and ask a friend to pick it up. If she picks it up by the narrow part: girl. Round part: boy.

Wedding ring predictor: Put your wedding ring on a string and hang it over your belly. If it swings back and forth: girl. Swinging in a circle:  boy.

Let me know if any of these “worked” for you!


Predict the gender of your baby (part 2)

Let’s get straight to the point.

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Of the various not-really-scientific-ways to “predict” the gender of your fetus, these 2 were the only ones I could find that are possibly based in truth.

  • Fetal heart beat. Above 140 beats per minute: girl. Slower: boy.
  • Morning sickness. Horrible: girl. Little or none: boy.

The proof is in the pudding. Continue reading “Predict the gender of your baby (part 2)”

Predict the gender of your baby (Part 1)

If I had to guess … this cat is having a boy.

cat pregnancy
You know I discourage the questioning of if a woman is even pregnant at all. Strangers seem to love to comment on a protruding belly though. They also love doling out unsolicited comments and advice. Most of the time these comments are harmless, but they can cause anxiety and turmoil for the pregnant woman.

Women often come to me anxious after a stranger has looked at their pregnant belly and said definitively “you are having a boy/girl” (when, of course, the ultrasound has shown the opposite). The baby shower has been planned, appropriately colored gifts given, and the mental preparation for a certain gender is in full effect. Hearing the opposite of what you are preparing for, even if it is from some random stranger, is unsettling. Ultrasounds have about a 95% diagnostic rate of fetal gender, so I go with the ultrasound findings rather than a stranger’s comments.

Is there any truth behind these (non ultrasound based) gender predictors? Is it fact? Folklore? Complete and utter nonsense? I need a few posts to cover this topic.

If you’re “carrying high”: girl.
If you’re “carrying low”: boy.
If you see the cat above: she’s carrying pretty low. This is why I said she must be having a boy.

Science? The one study I could find said the opposite of the above – it said carrying high and up front means it’s a boy. We’re not starting off good if we can’t even agree on the proper correlation.

Regardless, the study found no correlation between the shape of the woman’s abdomen and the gender of the fetus. They compared the woman’s perception of the shape of her abdomen and, separately, a doctor’s description of how the patient was carrying her pregnancy. No correlation at all.

This study showed that up to 40% of women couldn’t even tell if they were carrying high or low. When the patient’s description was compared with a doctor’s exam, the agreement was not good either.
We do know that the position of the uterus in the pelvis, the position of the fetus, and abdominal muscle tone all affect the shape of the abdomen. Other factors like weight gain and body shape contribute as well.

I’m rating this predicting method: complete and utter nonsense.


Study: Perry, D et al. “Are Women Carrying “Baseketballs” Really Having Boys? Testing Pregnancy Folklore”. Birth 26:3 September 1999