What Do the Old Wives' Tales Say?

I thought I would do a little experiment with the old wives' tales for gender prediction before we find out what Version 4.0 is. Numerous ways of telling what your baby will be have been thought up and passed along through the generations. I picked 8 of the most popular to try.

Chinese Gender Calendar
Chart
The Test: look at chart of that uses your age at the time of conception to see if it's a boy or a girl. Well, it seems not even the Chinese Gender Calendar can decide if the baby will be a boy or a girl. On Parents.com's Chinese gender calendar it claims there is an 83% likelihood it will be a boy. But on the Baby Gender Prediction site, it says it will be a girl! I guess either way it will be right. Let's look at what it said about the girls.
Hailey - Boy
Karlie - Girl
Kaitlin - Girl

RESULT- GIRL or BOY

The Drano Test
Drano picture
This test is not for those with a weak stomach or sensitive smell (which is most pregnant women). It can be dangerous, so if you elect to try this one be sure to mix the Drano and urine in a glass container and in a well ventilated area. I know, gross! Yes, I did mix my urine with Drano to see what color it would produce. It immediately fizzed and fumed and then turned a bluish yellow. There are many charts that contradict each other. But this is the one I followed:

Bluish yellow = boy
Greenish brown = girl

Brownish = boy
No change = girl

Brown = boy
Green = girl

RESULT- BOY

Gold Pendent Test
The test: Hang a gold pendant over the palm of the mother’s hand. If the pendant moves in a circular motion, it will be a girl. If it swings back and forth, a boy is on the way. You are suppose to use a necklace the mother wears, but I don't wear a necklace. So, I used the gold dolphin and necklace Max gave me for Christmas when we were 16. The test doesn't indicate which palm. So being a scientist and all, I did it over each palm. The result was it swung in a circular motion over the left palm and a back and forth motion over the right palm.

RESULT-GIRL or BOY

Carry High or Low
The Test: look at the mom and see if she is carrying the baby high or low. The rumor is boys like to be low in the pelvis while girls like a view from up high. I am definitely carrying high in this pregnancy. As my friends like to point out, I am "all stretched out after 3 times, so that is mostly guts hanging out". Nice friends I have.

RESULT- GIRL

Cravings
Cravings have been one of the typical methods people used to guess the sex of the baby before ultrasounds were available. If you are craving something sweet, like chocolate, then a sweet little girl is headed your way. However, if sour things like citrus and pickles are what you can't live without, then a blue bundle of joy is what you will get. If we look at my past cravings it seems to match more than not. I ate more Hostess doughnuts with Hailey than I care to admit. I was well known at work for having my chocolate cupcake for breakfast at 4 in the morning with Karlie, and Kaitlin made me crave lobster! That was an expensive pregnancy. So far with this one I love pickles and deep fried food. If there is a Chinese restaurant, McDonald's french fry, or Mexican food made with lard within a nose whiff - watch out! I might steal your lunch.

RESULT- BOY


Do You Have Acne?
The Test: Take a long, hard look in the mirror and judge yourself. I will spare you a picture of this one. Unfortunately, yes. I feel like a teenager all over again. So much for that beautiful pregnant glow. Unless you consider bright red zits a glow. If you have a zitty complexion, congratulation a pink bundle will soon be here to compliment it. If your skin is soft and smooth without a blemish, then its a boy!

RESULT- GIRL

Pick up a Key
This might be the silliest one yet. While doing these "experiments" the thought crossed my mind that people came up with the silliest test to see how far an eager mom would go in hopes of learning the sex of her child. I mean really. How could the way I pick up a key have anything to do with the baby's gender. But I am a good sport and this one isn't nearly as dangerous as the Drano test! The test: pick a key up off the ground. If the mom picks it up by the larger, round end then she is having a boy. If she picks it up by the pointed, narrow end then a baby girl is on the way. If she picks it up in the middle then its TWINS! I picked it up by the large end as I think most people would.

RESULT- BOY

The Baby's Heartbeat
FHR Strip
Now this one seemed to me to be the most scientific, but it has been proven to be just a myth and I can tell you that after watching 100's of fetal heart rate strips that there is no difference between girls and boys. But we will play along anyway. The Test: over 140 bpm its a speedy little girl, under 140 and its a low key little boy. All three times I have looked the baby's heartbeat has been in the 150's.

RESULT - GIRL


When we total up our Old Wives' Tales Experiment we get 50 % GIRL and 50% BOY! Who would have thought.

I would love to hear if you have tried any of these or if there is one you know is accurate!

14 comments:

MondaythroughSunday said...

ok..that is hilarious. I got so tickled that you did all of those. Some of those I have never even heard of. Those Old Wives' are confused..lol.

Abbie said...

Ok I gotta share even though you already know that you've got a little man growin' in there...with my pregnancy I would literally sit with a whole jar of Steinfeilds crunchy baby kosher dill pickles in one hand and a big bag of cheetos (the puffy kind, HAD to be the puffy kind)in the other and GO TO TOWN. Needless to say, Miss Olivia is ALL GIRL so I must say that Old Wives tale is a bit off. ha ha ha
P.S. I SERIOUSLY applaud you for trying out the draino one...I always wondered! I had a hard enough time taking the pregnancy test where you pee in the cup and then squirt some on the stick without gagging....whew...maybe next time around someone can mix the pee pee with the draino for me....

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