10 Gender-Predicting Old Wives' Tales

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by: Lindsay Hutton
Wondering if your little bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl? While the only accurate way to find out your baby's gender during pregnancy is from your doctor, playing the guessing game can be a lot of fun. Read on for some of the wackiest old wives' tales believed to predict the gender of your baby, and try some for yourself. And then tell us & were they right?
Small child looking at mother's pregnant belly
How Low Can You Go?
Rumor has it that if you are carrying your baby high, it's a girl. Carrying low? Stock up on blue.

Similar tales say if you carry in front, you've got yourself a little boy, and if you expand horizontally, it's a girl.

Pregnant woman lying in bed with head under pillow
Body Clues
Legends say that if you are having a little girl, she'll steal your beauty. So, if you've got acne and other not-so-pretty skin blemishes, you've got a little princess coming your way.

Dry hands and cold feet are signs of a boy. So, if you've got these ailments, break out the baby blue.

Close up of two wedding gold wedding rings
It's All in the Ring Swing
Here's a fun one— take off your wedding ring, tie it to a piece of string, and hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, you are promised a boy; back and forth indicates a girl.
Pregnant woman lying down looking at belly
The Old Drano Experiment
This one is as old as it is weird. The mom-to-be is required to pee in a cup, and mix in a tablespoon of Drano. If the liquid turns green, you're having a girl. Blue? You guessed it. It's a boy.

We don't recommend trying this one. Mixing these two can result in dangerous fumes or, scary enough, an explosion. A safer version of this experiment uses baking soda. If the mixture fizzles, it's a boy. If it doesn't, you've got yourself a girl!

Pregnant woman getting ultrasound at doctor's
Be Still My Heart
Your baby's heart rate might be an indicator of its gender. If your little one's heart rate is under 140 beats per minute, you're having a little boy. If it's over, get ready for your little girl!
Pregnant woman holding an apple and chocolate.
Gimme that Chocolate!
Craving sweets? According to some, that means your going to have a little girl. Salty and sour cravings indicate a boy.
Smiling pregnant woman sitting in chair
Age Isn't Just a Number
Chinese birth charts use your age at conception and the month you conceived to determine the sex of your baby. Want to give it a shot? Try it!

The Mayans used a similar method. They looked at your age at conception and the year your baby was conceived. If both are even or odd, it's a girl. If one is even and one is odd, oh baby — it's a boy!

Couple enjoying ice cream together
A Little Extra Padding
Has your spouse been indulging in your pregnancy cravings, too? If your hubby packs on a little sympathy weight, the tales say you're in for a sugary-sweet little girl.
Woman sitting in kitchen with head on counter
Morning Sickness Blues
Actually, morning sickness means pink. If you're stricken with a queasy stomach during your first trimester, think ribbons and bows. If you sail through your pregnancy with nary an upset stomach, it's blue all the way.
Happy pregnant woman sitting on couch with friend
Keying In
If you've got a preggo friend, try this little experiment on her. Place a key in front of her and ask her to pick it up.

If she grabs it by the narrow part, she'll have a sweet little girl. If she picks it up by the round part, she'll have an adorable little boy.

So, all you moms-to-be — how many of these tests held true? Did they predict the gender of your little bundle of joy?