Knowing your baby's gender using the old wives tales
When I fell pregnant with our eldest child, I remember going for the second trimester scan and being asked if we wanted to know the gender. My husband and I looked at each other and on impulse said ‘yes!”
For my second and third bubs I made the decision we weren’t going to find out. This was partly because I had scheduled c-sections each time and I wanted some element of delivery to be a surprise. And they were each time. Delightful ones in fact.
The fun during the second and third pregnancies was the theories people had as to whether I was pregnant with a girl or a boy.
For instance, according to folklore, I was pregnant with a girl if I:
- Carried high
- Craved sweet things
- I was moody.
I was allegedly pregnant with a boy if I:
- Had glossy hair
- Craved salty foods
- My feet became cold quickly.
Truthfully I craved sweet and salty things throughout both pregnancies, I was permanently moody and I didn’t carry any of my pregnancies high. In fact I looked like a nice round beach ball and my hair was hideousness itself.
So those theories didn’t really work for me.
But a girlfriend of mine swore by them. And she did this thing where she swung a ring over her belly. The theory goes that if it swings round and round it is a girl, and if it swings back and forward it side to side it is a boy. In her case it swung side to side each time. She is the proud mother of three boys.
Of course it is merely mythology, but it certainly creates interesting conversations and speculation. Have you tried any of these tests? Did you find out on ultrasounds? Or did you prefer not to know what you were having when you were expecting?