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Old wives tales regarding gender?

post #1 of 29
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I've heard a lot of people say that if you crave sweets it's a girl, but if you crave salty/savory foods it's a boy.  I did crave sweets big time with DD, and this time I don't crave them at all.  :)

 

What are some of the old wives tales you've heard about gender?

post #2 of 29
People always tell me I'm having a boy because of how I carry... I really don't get how that is supposed to work, and I've only had girls, so I guess it doesn't!

My aunts say that when you are having a boy you grow more hair, one had this crazy long strand of hair growing on her belly... I still remember my grandma telling me "It's this awful, thick black hair right here... I would have cut that right off, but you know she just loved everything about this pregnancy!" I was like 14 or 15 and completely horrified!

My friends all swear by this needle on a string game. They are always pestering me to do it but never when we are actually together. I think it's silly so I never bring it up when we are. This will (hopefully) be my last pregnancy, though, so maybe I should just humor them and do it!
post #3 of 29

College educated mothers have been shown to be pretty good at guessing the gender of their children. I have no idea why you need to go to college to do that, but apparently having quit school after high school graduation doesn't do the trick. Anyway, the needle on a string is just your own opinion shining through, so maybe it would work for you? lol

 

Hmm...Of course there's the heart rate tale. Then the one about the way you're carrying. I think that one says if you can tell you're pregnant from behind, it's a boy, and if you can't, it's a girl. Ummm...that's all I remember. I get annoyed when people start saying that stuff to me, so I tune them out.

post #4 of 29

None of those worked for me, but supoosably the baking soda test works with about 72% accuracy and the Ramsi method that have 975 accuracy so I am dying to know if those work this time

post #5 of 29
Goddess- what are those???
post #6 of 29

Ramzi- from googling, it looks like placenta position = gender? Placenta on the left is a girl, right is a boy. I haven't had an ultrasound this time around so I don't know... With both of my previous kids the placenta was on my left. Is it relative to me or the baby or on the ultrasound, which would be mirror image? I don't know. Either way, it was wrong once.

 

Just did the baking soda test- pee on a bit of baking soda, if it sizzles it's a girl and if it doesn't it's a boy. No sizzle here!

 

My mom and sister and brother and family friend did the needle on a string for me last summer. Not sure if this is the same test, but this was supposed to show number of children and gender of children. Swinging in a circle = girl, straight back and forth = boy, needle suddenly stopping = no more children. A few different people did it on my mom, my brother's girlfriend's mother, a family friend and they were all correct (the girlfriend's mother was shocked/horrified because it listed a second-trimester miscarriage she'd never told her daughter about.) When it was done for me, the results were always girl (correct), then boy (correct) then for all of them- even the ones who weren't in the room to see the results of the other string results- the last one was just weird where it showed girl/boy/girl/boy, did a circular then straight then circle then straight for the same pregnancy. ...so does this mean this child will have both genders? Twins? Sex change later in life? Lol. I don't put a lot of stock in this, and had actually forgotten all about it, but now I'm curious again. Have to get my brother to do it sometime.

I'm craving sweets and breads with strong aversions to cooked veggies and meat, same as with my daughter. But my symptoms are still fairly mild, same as with my son. I don't have a strong feeling either way and whenever I try to think strongly on it, to "intuit" it, I just get this overwhelming "it doesn't matter" feeling. Hrm.

 

 

post #7 of 29

Okay, this isn't old wives tale at all- total opposite, really!

 

This is called "nub theory" where the genital tuber (I had no idea such a thing existed!) in a 12 w baby has a particular angle for girl or boy. Never heard of this before.

 

http://baby2see.com/gender/external_genitals.html

 

 

post #8 of 29

I have heard of that one too. the Ramzi method only works in early ultrasounds and if you have an abdominal one you need to reverse the direction, I believe. Its the transvag ones that show the correct direction.

post #9 of 29
Haha, just did the baking soda test and I did get some bubbles! I am rather hoping for another girl, so I hope it's right!
post #10 of 29

You got it reversed actually... sounds like you may have a boy!

 

You put a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup (mine was disposable) then put a little bit of pee in the cup, and if it sizzles, it's a boy, and if it does nothing, it's a girl! Supposedly your urine is more acidic if you're carrying a boy, (hence the sizzling action) and more alkaline if you're carrying a girl.

post #11 of 29
Ah, well. http://community.babycenter.com/post/a29464355/was_baking_soda_gender_test_accurate?cpg=3&csi=2359363654&pd=-1

Looking at this thread I'm not going to worry about it too much!
post #12 of 29

Its all in fun anyways. you never really know till baby pops out! I have had ultrasounds even be wrong!

post #13 of 29

I have heard you can boil red cabbage, pee in it, and based on the color it turns, you can tell if its a boy or girl...I haven't tried it myself, mainly because I'm too lazy to cook something I'm not going to eat :-) 

post #14 of 29
Meredith- that would be the same as the baking soda, just looking for pH.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Plummeting View Post

College educated mothers have been shown to be pretty good at guessing the gender of their children. I have no idea why you need to go to college to do that, but apparently having quit school after high school graduation doesn't do the trick. Anyway, the needle on a string is just your own opinion shining through, so maybe it would work for you? lol

 

Hmm...Of course there's the heart rate tale. Then the one about the way you're carrying. I think that one says if you can tell you're pregnant from behind, it's a boy, and if you can't, it's a girl. Ummm...that's all I remember. I get annoyed when people start saying that stuff to me, so I tune them out.


Well, that sure wasn't true for me with DD!  I got very round, all over.

 

 

I love all these old wives tales though, so funny!  I'm going to try the baking soda one later.  And the needle/string.  :)

 

 

post #16 of 29

I think I am going to try the baking soda one just for fun... .although I wonder if it is also dependent on drink a lot of coffee, etc? 

post #17 of 29

I just did the baking soda and it sizzled like crazy. I am splurging on a soda pop right now though.

post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post

I just did the baking soda and it sizzled like crazy. I am splurging on a soda pop right now though.



yeah I wonder if you are drinking something more acidic if that has more to do with the fizz then the baby's sex....

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

yeah I wonder if you are drinking something more acidic if that has more to do with the fizz then the baby's sex....



Maybe if you do it first thing in the morning it will be more accurate?

post #20 of 29


 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

yeah I wonder if you are drinking something more acidic if that has more to do with the fizz then the baby's sex..
 

 



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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post

Maybe if you do it first thing in the morning it will be more accurate?


I did it now and there was *no fizz*... so that might be a girl... but I think I peed too much in the cup :LOL

 

if it isn't a girl, its a boy. right?  haha. 

 

My friend had 2 ultra sounds and thought she was having a girl.... and then gave birth to a healthy baby boy!

 

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