Old Wives Tale Gender Predictions

By Sarah •  Updated: 06/19/22 •  3 min read

Surprise! I’m pregnant again and we’re just a few short days away from finding out the gender of this little blessing. I’m not going to be able to sleep because all I can think about is the appointment, so I’ve put together this list of old wives tale gender predictions to see if any are right.

Chinese Gender Calendar

The Chinese gender calendar guesses baby’s sex by taking the mother’s birth date and the estimated date of conception or the baby’s due date, you can have a go here.

My result was – GIRL

Salty or Sweet

According to the old wives, craving salty foods means you’re having a boy, and sweet for a girl.

My result is – BOY

Acne

This myth is that girls “steal their mother’s beauty” so if you have acne whilst pregnant then you’re having a girl.

My result is – GIRL

Heartburn

Apparently when you have heartburn in early pregnancy its a girl, if not then its a boy.

My result is – GIRL

Headaches

Frequent headaches say boy, and the odd one or none mean girl.

My result is – BOY

Pregnancy Glow

Apparently boys give you that “pregnancy glow” and girls do not.

My result is – GIRL

Sleep side left or right

Sleeping on the left means its a boy and on the right is a girl.

My result – BOY

Heart rate above or below 140

If your heart rate is above 140 then it’s a girl and below a boy.

My result is – GIRL

Mayan calendar

Like the Chinese calendar the Mayan gender prediction method consists in discovering the child’s sex based on the mother’s age and month of conceiving.

My result is – GIRL

Husband gaining sympathy weight

If your partner gains sympathy weight then your having a girl if not its a boy.

My result is – BOY

Morning sickness

The levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG, tends to be higher with girls which triggers morning sickness.

My result is – GIRL

Soft or dry hands

Oily soft hands typically means girl, and dry skin typically means boy. 

My result is – BOY

Graceful or clumsy

Daughters are graceful and sons are clumsy.

My result is – BOY

Blood pressure before conceiving

Apparently the higher your blood pressure is prior to conceiving, the more likely it is you’re having a boy. 

My result is – GIRL

Mood swings/ Moody vs. Mellow

The moodier you are the more likely you’re having a girl, the more chilled out you are a boy.

My result is – BOTH

True gut feeling

If I had to pick a side, I’d say GIRL

UPDATE: we found out that we’re having a BOY

Sarah

Sarah is the driving force of Sweet Miles, a lifestyle blog that focuses on running, parenting, and food.