Boy or Girl? Predict Baby’s Sex

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One of the most exciting parts about becoming a parent is the attempt to determine the sex of the baby. While this is most often decided via ultrasound later in the pregnancy, it is fun to try and determine this for yourself beforehand. Below are some of the fun ways that you can predict whether you should be buying blue or pink; at least until the ultrasound tells you otherwise.

1. Carrying High or Low

This ancient wives tale is a classic way to determine if you are having a boy or a girl. It is said that if you carrying high that you are having a girl. If you are carrying low, the prediction is for a boy.

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2. Heart Rate

This is something that you can keep track of throughout your regular doctor’s visits. According to some the baby’s heart rate is a key indicator if it is a boy or a girl. Supposedly, boys usually have slower heart rates, below 140, and girls have a higher heart rate, above 140.

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3. Cravings

Others say that the food that you are craving will help you determine the gender. For example, if you are having a girl, it is said that you will crave sweet things. Boys make you crave things that are salty and sour.

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4. Chinese Birth Chart

There are multiple tools online that can help you with this method. Basically, you take the age that you were at when you conceived along with the month that you conceived and the tool will use this information to determine if you are having a boy or a girl.

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5. The Drano Method

This funny method takes a bit more work. First you must purchase some Drano and then you must pee in a cup. Put a tablespoon of Drano in the cup and see what color it changes to. If you are having a girl it should turn green. If it’s a boy, it will turn blue.

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6. The Key Test

This method does not work if the pregnant woman is aware of the test, so you should try this on your pregnant friends instead of yourself. Place a key in front of the pregnant woman and if she picks it up by the rounded end, she is having a boy. However, if she picks it up by the narrow end; it’s a girl.

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7. Check your skin

Another cute wives tale centers on the skin of the mother. If you find that you are breaking out more so than normal, chances are you are having a girl. It is believed that a girl will steal the beauty of her mother and will therefore cause her skin to breakout as she is stealing the beauty.

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8. The Ring Method

Most pregnant women have heard of this method. If you tie a ring to a string and dangle it over a pregnant woman’s stomach, the direction that it moves is supposedly an indicator as to which gender she is having. If the ring swings in a circle, it’s a boy; back and forth and it’s a girl.

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9. Morning Sickness

Others believe that the amount of morning sickness that you experience can be a sign as to which color bundle to expect. If you find that you are experiencing very little morning sickness, you can expect a blue bundle and if you are quite sick you should plan for pink.

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10. Conclusion

All of these methods have been proven wrong at one point or another. Some women have even said that for their pregnancies, these tests worked exactly the opposite. Even ultrasounds have been proven wrong from time to time.

The only true method of finding the sex of your baby is to wait and see. However, it is still fun to play these games in an attempt to learn what you are having. These can also be fun baby shower games to play as well. Your guests will have a blast trying to guess what you are having.

However, it is important that you don’t get your hopes up too much when you are playing these games. None of them are nearly as reliable as an ultrasound and sometimes it can be even more fun to just wait and see the results when you do finally give birth to your little bundle of joy.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.