When I was pregnant the first time, I didn’t know much about old wives’ tales and how they are known to predict a baby’s gender. Then people starting making comments to me about how I was carrying the baby, and asking if I was having heartburn, and asking what foods I was craving. Now I realize, they weren’t being nosey. They were trying to figure out whether or not I was going to have a boy or a girl. Since I didn’t find out my baby’s gender until the day he was born, everyone in my office at the time was making bets based on these old wives’ tales.

I suppose there is a bit of truth to them, but not every woman’s pregnancy is the same. And of course, relying on old wives’ tales to predict your baby’s gender can lead to disappointment. If you choose to use these to try and determine what your baby’s gender is, I’d suggest just doing it for fun. Once your baby is born, you can take a look back at these and see how many were true for you.

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1. Sweet Cravings Or Salty Cravings

Pregnancy cravings can be quite strange. I didn’t have any incredibly strong ones, but some women do. I just had a huge appetite and ate anything that would stay down! But according to an old wive’s tale, your pregnancy cravings determine what your baby’s gender is. If you’re craving sweets, it’s a girl. If you’re craving salty foods, it’s a boy.

predicting baby's gender2. Pregnancy Glow Or Acne, Oh No!

My skin didn’t improve while I was pregnant, but it did get a bit worse. For many women, acne becomes an issue during pregnancy. For other moms-to-be, that “pregnancy glow” we hear about does appear on the face. It’s said that when you break out during your pregnancy, it’s because you’re expecting a girl, and she’s stealing all your beauty. Whereas if your complexion improves, you’re having a boy.

predicting baby's gender

3. Carrying High Or Carrying Low

It’s not always easy to tell whether you’re carrying the baby high or low, but you can sort of guess based on how close your baby bump is to your breasts. If you’re carrying the baby high, it’s supposedly a girl. A low carried baby is supposedly a boy.

predicting baby's gender

4. Bad Mood Or Good Mood

It makes sense that an old wive’s tale suggests you might be more moody if you’re carrying a girl. Girls are more moody. That being said, if your mood is generally mellow, relaxed and pleasant, it’s probably because there’s a less dramatic boy growing inside of you.

predicting baby's gender

5. Cold Feet Or Feet With Heat

Even your feet can be affected by pregnancy. Not just from swelling (hello, cankles!) or growing in size, but also from the possible temperature change. You might not experience it, but if your feet are unusually cold during pregnancy, it’s probably because your baby is a boy. On the other hand (no pun intended), warm feet means it’s more likely to be a girl.

predicting baby's gender

6. Sleeping Left Or Sleeping Right

Trying to get a good night’s sleep while you’re pregnant is hard. (But it’s a great way to prepare you for motherhood.) If you tend to sleep more on your left side, the old wive’s tale says you’re having a boy. But if your right side is your comfortable sleeping position, a little miss is probably who’s moving around inside.

predicting baby's gender7. Left Breast Or Right Breast

The body parts that changed the most for me during and after pregnancy were my breasts. Before I was pregnant, they were small. During pregnancy, they got big. And after my babies were born, they were huge. But if yours are different sizes during pregnancy, it might be an indication of your baby’s gender. A right breast that is larger means a boy is probably on the way. If your left breast is larger, start prepping for a girl.

Leena Kollar

Leena Kollar

Contributing Writer at Life As Mama
I'm a wife, mother and everything else associated with domestic life. I can often be found hiding from my kids to sneak treats (especially ice cream). I love rainbows and naps, and I find any excuse to go to Target. When I actually make it out of the house in real clothes, I document my outfits on my fashion blog, Leather & Lip Gloss. My love for fashion also inspired me to start my own comprehensive style website, The Style Spectrum.
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