In the days before ultrasound scans, people conjured up all kinds of weird and wonderful ways to determine whether they’d be having a baby boy or girl. From swinging a ring over a pregnancy bump to a novel use of baking soda, here are 6 gender prediction myths that have cropped up over the years.
- High or low? – Legend has it that a woman who carries her baby low during pregnancy will be welcoming a boy. A high pregnancy bump indicates that a girl is on the way. Although some people swear by this, it’s actually more likely to say more about the mum than the baby. Women who have very strong core muscles or who are pregnant for the first time are likely to carry a little higher than women with weaker stomach muscles or those whose muscles have become more elastic due to previous pregnancies.
- Watch the weight – Another prediction method that’s based on the shape of a pregnant woman’s stomach is where the weight is distributed. If the weight is all out front, it’s said to be a boy; if it’s more evenly distributed around the hips, you’re expecting a girl. Of course, we’re all different body shapes, so where we put on weight on our bodies, even when pregnant, is more likely to be determined by genetics than anything else.
- Sweet vs Savoury – Are you desperate to tear open a bag of salty crisps or pickled gherkins? Superstition says you’re having a boy. If you’re wolfing down ice cream and other sweet treats, it’s going to be a little girl. In reality, it’s more likely that your body is just craving certain foods due to general hormonal changes or, perhaps, dietary deficiencies. This one is probably more strongly linked to nursery rhymes about what little girls and boys are made of than anything else!
- Fast or slow – This one is based on the speed of the foetus’s heartbeat. Some claim that anything lower than 140 beats per minute means you’re having a boy, whereas a girl’s heartbeat will be faster than 140 bpm. In reality, anything between 120 and 160 beats per minute is perfectly normal for a healthy foetus and the speed has nothing to do with the sex of a growing baby.
- The Wedding Ring Test – Most people will know this one, although it doesn’t translate that well to modern day life as it presumes that you’ll have a wedding ring to use! The ring is attached to a piece of thread or hair and dangled over the stomach of the pregnant woman. If you’re going to have a boy, the ring will move from side to side; a circular movement means a girl is on the cards. One of the biggest problems with this method is that opinions vary on the movement – some swear that it’s the opposite of the above, so who knows?
- Bring on the Baking Soda – This one calls for you to raid the baking cupboard and grab a few teaspoons of baking soda (although when you hear the details, you might want to do this in the bathroom rather than the kitchen)! You mix the soda with some of your urine and watch the reaction. If the mixture fizzes and bubbles, you’re having a boy; if it stays flat, that means it’s a girl. While there are some who swear by this method, what it actually reacts to is your hydration levels, diet or any medications – it’s impossible for it to pick up on the sex of a child.
While research has found that these traditional gender prediction methods have the same odds as taking a 50/50 guess, there’s no harm in trying them out for a bit of fun. Let’s face it, it they were fool-proof tests, the NHS would be using them as far cheaper alternatives to a scan!
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