Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Old Wives Tales: Boy or Girl?

This is a fun blog where I'll take old waives tales and see whether we've got a boy or a girl on our hands...or if we still have no clue! :)

1. Heartbeats
One belief that has been around for some time, and even had some acceptance in the medical community at one point, is that the fetal heartbeat differs for boys and girls. If you're having a girl, then the fetal heart rate will be above 140. A boy will have a heart rate below 140. However, that pesky science has reared its little head again to say that this is complete fiction. A baby's heart rate is not affected by its sex until it is born, when a girl's heart rate will increase considerably compared with boys during labor.
RESULT: Girl - The heartbeat at 13 weeks was 150

2.Craving Something…Sweet?
Many people believe that your cravings are caused by the sex of your baby. So, if you can't get enough chocolate, you could be having a girl. Does the idea of drinking straight lemon juice sound delicious to you? Then those sour cravings are a result of the little boy inside of you. However, if you go by the scientists, then some of them will claim that you're not even having cravings because cravings just don't exist.
RESULT: Tie - I crave spaghetti which is not sweet but also fruity chewy candy and fruit icecicle pops. So, you've got some salty and a some sweet.

3.Weight Gain
Thankfully, this one doesn't refer to your weight gain. The belief is that, if your husband puts on weight during your pregnancy, then you will be having a girl. If he doesn't put on a pound, then you're carrying a boy.
Result: Unknown - I'm only in my 13th week and I've lost 5 pounds in my first trimester and Blake has so far stayed the same.

4. Chinese Birth Chart
You add two years to your age at conception which gives you your lunar age and then check on this calendar/grid system and depending on the age of the mother at conception (the lunar age...not the age we Americans go by) and the month of conception it'll tell you whether you're having a boy or a girl. It's not as confusing as I'm making it out to be...you can Google it.
Result: Boy

5. Gender Predictor Quiz
http://www.amazingpregnancy.com/oldwivestales/ There is 15 questions based on old wives tales
Result: 67% it's a Boy

6. The ring test
Put your wedding ring on a chain and hold it over your belly. If it goes around in circles, it's a girl. If it swings back and forth or side to side it's a boy.
Result: Well, my sister did this with her necklace. The first time it went back and forth: boy. The next two times it went around in a circle: girl. Me and Blake did this with my ring on a necklace and it did nothing. So...who knows.

7. Boys love Girls, Girls love boys
If a baby boy doesn't come to you willining to be held you're having a boy and vice versa, if he does come to you, you're having a girl. Same with a girl baby. If she comes to you, you're having a boy and if she doesn't you're carrying a girl.
Result: Boy - A lady I work with brought in her one year old son and he wouldn't come to me. She's brought him in before and he's let me hold him. My neice also came into town and she is almost a year. She came straight to me whereas in the past she was more pushing me away to get back to her momma.

8. 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! According to this, we are having a girl.
Result: 37 - Boy I was 28 when we got pregnant and the year was 2009

9. Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. It’s thought that acne during pregnancy is caused by the extra hormones.
Result: Girl - I'm breaking out more than normal

10. History of Parent’s Kids
You can find out the sex by going off of your parent’s kids and the order. If you are the first born, you will have what your mother had but starting with her second child. If you are the middle child, you will have what she had, but starting with the third child. If you are the last child, you will have what your mother had in the exact order. I think this tale only works when the parent’s had three kids.
Result: Girl - my mom had Laura first, the Joshua, then me! Girl, Boy, Girl...we will stop at Boy. :)

11. 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. I’ve only had a dream that I was having twins, and there’s only one baby in there, so maybe there’s some truth to this… or maybe it’s just a coincidence!
Result: Boy and a Girl - I've had dreams with boy

12. 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. As you know, I have only thrown up once, but I’ve been extremely nauseous more often than not. Girl again perhaps.
Result: Boy - However, I've heard the opposite of this one as well

So, we will see come baby's due date!!

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