Boy or Girl? Old Wives Tales

Since we won’t find out if im carrying a boy or a girl for 7 more weeks, I thought it would be fun to consult a bunch of old wives tales. Once we find out for real, it could be interesting to see which ones were right for me and which weren’t and maybe this post will help other waiting moms to bide the time.

Old Wives Tale #27: Legs

If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl.

-Girl, but I’m only 12 weeks!

Old Wives Tale #28: Moodiness and a Little Pecker

If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you. Your pregnancy will make you smile and be more happy if you are having a boy because there’s a little penis inside you.

-Girl, just ask my husband.

If you eat the ends of bread, it’s a boy. If you eat the middle of the load, it’s a girl.

-I always eat the middle, nothing has changed there, so girl.

Old Wives Tale #31: Mom�s Beauty

It is said that the girl “steals the mother’s beauty”. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, you might just be having a little boy.

-Girl? I’ve had two big zits, so nothing over the top and my skin is sooo dry.

Old Wives Tale #32: Dream of Sex of Baby

If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.!

-Girl, again!

Old Wives Tale #33: Clumsy vs. Graceful

If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she�s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she�s having a boy.

-Neither? Or girl, I guess because no extra clumsiness.

Old Wives Tale #35: Side You Most Rest On

If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she�s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she�s having a girl.

-It really depends where im sleeping.

Old Wives Tale #36: Hands

When the pregnant woman is asked to show her hands, it�s a boy if she keeps her palms down and a girl if she shows her palms up.


Old Wives Tale #37: Dad’s Weight Gain

If the dac-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’sa girl. If he doesn’t gain weight, you’re having a boy.


Old Wives Tale #38: Breast Test

If a pregnant woman�s left breast is larger than the right breast, she�s having a girl. If the right breast is larger, it�s a boy.

-I’ll leave the answer to this one between my husband and I lol. Family reads this blog.

Old Wives Tale #40: What Do You Think?

71% of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.


Old Wives Tale #41: Morning Sickness

If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it�s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.


Old Wives Tale #42: Areolae

If your areolae (the part around your nips) have darkened, it�s a boy.

-another one for the husband and I to know. I’m leaving these for other mom’s even if I won’t answer.

Old Wives Tale #43: Protein

When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.


Old Wives Tale #44: Feet

Are your feet colder now that you are pregnant? If so, you just might be having a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you�re having a little girl.


Old Wives Tale #45: Hair on Legs

If the hair on your legs has been growing at record speeds, you might be having a boy.


Old Wives Tale #46: Hands are Dry

If your hands are constantly dry, it�s a boy.


Old Wives Tale #47: Urine

What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.

-Girl? I drink water and pee allll the time, so it’s hard to tell since its like water lol.

Old Wives Tale #49: Headaches

If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy


Old Wives Tale #51: Baby Names

It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.

-I can be a little type A, so we have already chosen a full name for either. It did take us much longer to agree on the boy name.

Old Wives Tale #4: Heart Rate

If the baby�s heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.

-girl, but it’s only in the 150s which really makes me think boy since girls tend to be more like 160-170

Old Wives Tale #16: Mayan Tale

The Mayan tale adds the mothers age at conception and the year of conception. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way!


Final tally? It seems like most of the old wives tales compiled here point to a girl, except for my mother’s intuition which says boy. I know they’re just old wives tales, but I think it’s fun to know about them and see what they say. I’d love a little girl, too, I just don’t think that’s what im having.


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