We’re finding out the exciting news TOMORROW in our 18.5 week ultrasound (given that the baby cooperates and shows us the goods) – will we be having a Baby Nicole or a Baby Michael (no, we are NOT naming our children after ourselves). I’ve been pretty surprised that more people have asked me “are you finding out what you’re having?” than “how are you feeling?” since announcing my pregnancy. It’s pretty funny! And the answer is yes, we are definitely finding out. As you know, I love to plan and I cannot wait to plan for a little boy or a little girl.
There are several wives tales which help predict the sex of the baby. All of them are pretty much BS but it’s pretty fun to think about them! Here’s where I stand on all the most common wives tales on sex prediction:
Chinese Gender Prediction Calendar: A chart based on mom’s age (Chinese lunar age to be exact) at conception and due date (try it here).
Stolen Beauty: It is said that little girls steal their mo’ms beauty from the womb. If you’re breaking out and your hair is breaking off, expect a girl. If you’re glowing and hair has never looked better, expect a boy.
PREDICTION: Boy (my skin is clearer than ever!)
Morning Sickness: Moderate-severe morning sickness would indicate a girl whereas little to no morning sickness would indicate a boy.
PREDICTION: Girl (I experienced non-stop morning sickness for about 7 weeks)
Cravings: Craving sweets indicates a girl and craving salty would indicate a boy.
PREDICTION: Undecided! (My number one craving seems to be smoothies and soda which would be considered sweet, but in the first trimester I really wanted salty things like everything bagels, pita chips, and french fries and wasn’t that interested in sweets outside of smoothies).
Heart Rate: If the fetal heart rate is over 140 bpm, it’s said that the baby is a girl. if it’s under 140, it’s a boy.
PREDICTION: Girl (by a landslide – fetal heart beats have been 180s, 170s and 140s)
Husband Sympathy Weight Gain: If your hubby puts on weight along with you, it’s a girl. If he stays the same, it’s a boy.
PREDICTION: Girl (But we attribute this to the fact that we stopped marathon training right after we got pregnant and he was at a low in December).
Headaches: If mom has been having more headaches, she may be carrying a boy.
PREDICTION: Boy (Boo for headaches!)
Shape of Belly: If your belly is big and round, it’s a girl. if you’re carrying low and it sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
PREDICTION: Girl (Although I’m not showing much, my stomach seems to be expanding out in a bubble form more so than a low pooch form!).
Preferred Side to Rest: It’s said that if the mother prefers to sleep/rest on her left side, it’s a girl. If she prefers the right side, it’s a boy.
PREDICTION: Girl/Undecided (I say undecided because I favored my left side before pregnancy).
Mama’s Instinct: One study indicated that women who have a strong instinct about the sex of their child are correct 70% of the time! Also, a poll was created in my BabyCenter Birth Club forum and it showed about the same percentage of women were correct about their Girl.
PREDICTION: Girl (I just feel it!)
- Girl – 6
- Boy – 2
- Undecided – 2
So what do you think – is Baby Doby a boy or girl!? Either way, she or he is bound to be an athlete!
Mamas – was your intuition right about the sex of your baby? Do you believe any of the wives tales?