Thursday, November 29, 2007

Myths, Old Wives' Tales and Urban Legends

We started out with this pregnancy saying we were going to be surprised in the delivery with the sex. Except - well, I am the world's most impatient person.

At 18 weeks (give or take a few days) I'm decidedly rotund. Everyone who sees me in person swears to me that it'll be a girl. Oddly, I've felt a surety topping 80% that it's a boy from the beginning.

The midwife practice that I switched to won't do my ultrasound until December 20th, so Patrick and I decided to "treat" ourselves to an early Christmas present at one of those 3d/4d ultrasound places. Our appointment is at 8:30 tonight - and I'm well... honestly I'm a little freaked out by knowing. Why? I have no idea. I'd be happy either way, and I know he would too. I think he'd honestly prefer a girl, but that preference is waning with time.

Just for fun, I thought I'd try out a few of the "old wives' tales and see what they predict:

Carrying High, Carrying Low

The way you are carrying during your pregnancy is one of the most oft cited ways of determining the sex of your baby. The general story goes that, if you're carrying low, you're having a boy. If you are carrying high, then you must be having a girl.

I'd say that I'm carrying fairly high, but that's because the bebe is right smack at the tip top of my uterus.
Prediction: Girl.

What Your Urine Says

This next test to determine a baby's sex may not be for everyone, although it is very simple. Just take a sample of your urine and mix it with Drano. Depending on the color change of your urine, you will have a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on what color equals which sex. So, if you do decided to try this and your urine turns bluish yellow, brownish, brown, black or blue you will be having a boy. If your urine looks more greenish brown, green, blue or doesn't change at all, then you're having a girl. But be warned: if you decide to do this test, there could be some pretty harsh fumes produced - not to mention the possibility of an explosion!

Yeah. I didn't try this. Sorry. The thought of urine and Drano together, just no. I don't care what my "urine" says.
Prediction: Who knows.


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.

Heartbeat two days ago: 155.
Prediction: Girl.

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.

Considering I only crave sour, salty and spicy things, I'd say:
Prediction: Boy.

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.

Not sure how in the world this is even credible as far as old wives tales go, but he's not gaining weight...
Prediction: Boy

Is Her Face Round and Full?

Some say that the shape and fullness of your face during pregnancy can indicate your baby's sex. Every woman gains weight differently during pregnancy, and every woman experiences different skin changes. If people tell you that because your face is round and rosy you are having a girl, they might be right!

They may also be wrong. I'm actually much thinner in the face now than I was before I got pregnant.
Prediction: Boy

Breast Size

Here's a test that you can do next time you change or get out of the bath. Look in the mirror at your breasts. If the right one is larger, you're having a boy! A larger left breast indicates a girl (if they're the same size, does that mean you're having one of each?).

Prediction: Boy. Bet you wanted to know my right breast is larger eh? They're both big, but the right is larger. Of course, I think it's always been a little larger.

The Dangling Wedding Ring

Hold your wedding ring over your wrist on a string or a strand of your hair. If the ring swings back and forth, you're having a boy. If it is more of a circular motion, then it's a girl. This can also be done by suspending a ring on a string above your belly.

Prediction: Boy.

Acne Analysis

Do you have acne? Some believe that getting acne during your pregnancy indicates you're carrying a girl. Maybe the acne is caused by twice the amount of female hormones?

Prediction: Boy. My face is actually much clearer than normal - er, aside from my forehead, so maybe "indeterminable"?

The stupidest one of all...

Pick up a key. If you've picked it up by the thinner end, you're having a girl. Picking it up by the bottom, rounder part means a boy is on the way. Did you pick it up by the middle? Then congratulations! You're having twins!

Prediction: I'm not having twins, that's for damn sure. Nonetheless, boy. Picking a key up by the skinny end just seems wrong to me.

Woman's Intuition

What you think you're having. In a study that asked women with no previous knowledge about their baby's sex, the moms-to-be correctly guessed the sex of their baby 71% of the time.

Prediction: Boy. I have no reason to think one way or the other, but I'll honestly be (pleasantly) surprised if I'm wrong.

Chinese Lunar Calendar

Prediction: Boy. 99% accurate my ass.

So, to sum it up: 7 things say boy, 2 say girl and I'm treating two as "undeterminable."

In other words, who knows - but hopefully we will after tonight.

So, wondering if I'm going to need an "E" or a "J" for my tree next year. (yes, we've got names picked out already)


Helen said...

I do actually think there's something to that heartrate thing, as did most of my US technicians - both of mine had very different heart rates at all times, hers was always faster. They told me that was the norm-that (in general) female heartrates were generally higher.

orodemniades said...

Ha! Let me see:

I love spicy food, have an acne breakout (but I have acne anyway), am just beginning to want sweet things apart from fruit, am carrying high, and the kid has a very high heartrate. Already had big gained 13lbs...according to Chinese Cal. should be having a girl...

...and I'm most definitely having a boy. I'm just glad to be having a kid!!

daysgoby said...

Rosey's heartrate was higher than Cass's, but he was my sweet (ice-cream) baby. With Rosey, I basically lived on Indian food and hot-and-sour soup.

Can't wait to find out! (Er, assuming you're telling)

Shinny said...

All of those prediction things tell me this baby is a boy but the last ultrasound said girl. Of course it was early so the doctor did say the boy parts could appear. We are hoping for girl but as long as we get healthy, we will be happy.

I still have a ton of maternity tops that are brand new if you want them. Please let me know as they are taking up about half of my very small closet.

statia said...

I debunked just about every single one of these, save for the ones I didn't try.

I carried high the entire time I was pregnant. Like in my neck high.

My urine said girl (yes, we tried it)

The Mini's heartbeat was always right around the 150 mark.

I ate some serious chocolate when I was pregnant. It was a sickness. One that caused me to put on like 10-15 pounds during the month of Halloween.

There was a strict rule in our house that my husband could not weigh less than I did. He was pissed about it, but he did in fact gain weight. I think we went into the hospital weighing about the same.

I had a head the size of Texas during my pregnancy (and not due to big hair).

According to the Chinese calendar, I believe I was having a girl.

My face for the most part though, was clear.

So there you have it. Myths debunked. And the last I checked, the Mini didn't have a vagina.

Anonymous said...

i do kinda believe the heart rate thing, when i was first pregnant my doctor was checking my baby's heart rate and she looked at me and said i am pretty sure your having a boy! Sure enough I had a healthy baby boy!!!

Anonymous said...

Omg the ring on a string totally works . I've tried it with a pencil on a string too. It predicts all the kids you will have in order. And if you are pregnant try it over your belly it will yell you what you are having. I have 3 kids currently. Son and two daughters in that order they were born as well. It works on my husband and every woman who's tried it with me its spot on.

Anonymous said...

Oh and its predicting me to have twin boys next so time will tell. I will keep you all posted if this new prediction is true...