If there’s anything for certain about pregnancy, it’s that myths abound. Whether it’s medical myths, nutritional myths or even myths about morning sickness, you have to be careful about what you do and don’t believe.
One of the most common areas of myth in pregnancy is knowing a baby’s gender. Of course, an ultrasound or even genetic testing can tell you your baby’s gender, but most of the other well-known methods of gender determination are completely false.
Here are a few of those myths. While they may not be accurate, they can be fun to think about:
- If you are carrying your baby low, it’s going to be a boy. If you’re carrying high, it’ll be a girl.
- If you tend to grow outward, it’s most likely a boy. If you grow in width, it’s a girl.
- If you have morning sickness all day long, it’s a girl. Just at one time of day, it’s a boy.
- If your baby’s heartbeat is greater than 140 beats per minute, it’s a girl. Lower, it’s a boy. This used to be commonly accepted, but we now know that a baby’s heart rate isn’t affected at all by its gender until after it is born.
- You can hang your wedding ring over your belly with a strand of the father’s hair. If the ring swings back and forth, it’s a boy. If the ring makes a circular motion, it’s a girl.
- Mix your urine with Drano. If it turns brown, it’s a boy. If it turns blue or green, it’s a girl. (Of course, be safe here and avoid the harsh fumes that can often accompany Drano.
- What are you craving? If you crave chocolate, you’re having a sweet little girl. If you’re craving more sour or bitter foods, such as pickles or lemons, it’s from that sour little boy inside.
- If your face is round and rosy, you’re going to have a girl. If not, you’ll have a boy.
- If your husband gains weight during your pregnancy, it’s going to be a girl. If not, it’ll be a boy.