5 Ways to Predict Your Baby's Gender

it's a boy
... Or is it?
Pretty much the first thought I had after getting pregnant was: Is it a boy or a girl? The whole "waiting to find out" thing was the furthest thing from my realm of concept, and at my very first doctor's appointment, before she could even finish the exam, I blurted out: "When can I find out the sex?!"

Turns out, around 18 weeks. To a non-pregnant person, or a pregnant person "waiting to find out," 18 weeks may not seem like a long time. But to a mama-to-be who's dying to know, it can feel like a lifetime.

Enter the "gender games." You know, those silly, little things women do to torture themselves even more about what the sex of their baby is. Not saying they're iron-clad, sooth-saying prophecies, but when you're waiting for week 18, they can be the next best thing. Plus, they're kinda fun.

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The ol' necklace test. Probably the oldest wives' tale in the book, the "necklace test" has someone dangle a pendant over your belly, letting it swing back and forth. Legend has it, if the pendant swings side to side like a pendulum, you're having a boy. If it makes a circle, you're having a girl. Also, it can be done with a ring on a chain. Also, there was zero accuracy between this test and the gender of my child.

Urine luck. Another (really weird) test is the pee test. This one claims that if you take your urine and mix it up with some Draino (yes, Draino), the color will be indicative of your babe's gender. If the concoction turns bluish, you're having a boy. If it's more greenish, or doesn't change at all, then you're having a girl. Side note -- I'd maybe suck it up and hold off 'til week 18 as opposed to doing this one. Draino and pregnancy = no bueno.

How you're carrying. Carrying high? You're having a boy. Carrying low? It's sugar and spice and everything nice.

What you're craving. Supposedly, women who crave chocolate and sweets during pregnancy are growing a little girl inside of them, and women who crave sour things -- think lemon -- are having a boy. Again, I see no merit to this one, as I've craved both during different points of my pregnancy. But it's fun to speculate!

The key test. This one has to be administered to the mother-to-be unbeknownst to her. Have someone hand the preggo a key. If she grabs it by the narrow part, she's supposedly having a girl. If she grabs it by the round pa-- well, you get the rest.

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Now. Is there any truth to any of these tests? Doubtful. But, like I said, they're fun, and they're a good way to pass the time until your anatomy screening. Just don't go buying an all-blue wardrobe or anything afterwards.

Did you do any of these things -- or others -- while pregnant?


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Juanita Kuemmel

I did all except for the Key test... Everyone of them pointed to me having a girl. I am due with my daughter on May 15. =)

MomLi... MomLily67

We do all these at baby showers in my family, always fun, and sometimes we place a littel $$ bet!!

MamaL... MamaLioness2012

There are a bunch of different pee tests like bleach and baking soda. The only thing I did that was right though was the Chinese astrology gender chart. That told me boy (which I now have a 10 week old son) but everything else pointed to girl. I also heard that carrying low was boy, not girl...I did carry very low.

Stephanie Danielle Olivero

Everyone told me I was having a boy - like 95% of people said boy.  All the tests and stuff online said boy.  The doctor said probably boy at my 12 weeks ultrasound.  Well, it's a girl!!! Let's just say we were really wanting our first baby to be a girl, so she is very welcome!

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

We always heard it was low for a boy. If you're carrying low it's a boy. If you're carrying high it's a girl.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I  seen  these and had to find out since we have a huge family ... lets say they where right we had DD 

pamel... pamelakeller

I did a lot of the tests through my 4 pregnancies, and they were correct for the first three.  I carried high, craved lemons and citrus fruits, and the necklace went from side to side.  All 3 were BOYS!!  Then I got pregnant with my  fourth  child.  I carried low around my hips (not in front like a basketball), I craved sugar (although I had gestational diabetes), took the Intelligender and the cabbage test (both said girl), and the ring went in circles.  Everything pointed toward GIRL.  Even the first Ultrasound, the baby was back to us the entire time, as where the first 3 boys showed us everything!!!  I also had no nauseau like the last 3 pregnancies only heartburn.  Well the tests were wrong.  I had another beautiful baby Boy!! 

Todd Vrancic

Women know the gender of their babies.  And they are right 50% of the time.

nonmember avatar Erin

I'm not sure about the rest but, I did crave lemonade, pickles, and salt & vinegar chips and had a boy with my first. As for the second, no real cravings and I get to find out the gender in 2 weeks.Here's hoping for a girl and the end to months of horrible nausea!

emmas... emmasmama2007

I used intuition. With my first she gave us her back during the ultrasound, but I just knew she was a girl, everyone in my family thought she was a boy lol. With my second, before the ultrasound, I knew he was a boy, and I was right.

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