Long before there were ultrasounds, there were myths which supposedly could tell an expectant mother the gender of her pre-born child. Here are some of the myths and what they mean.
According to this myth, you can tell the gender of your child by the heart rate. If your child has a heart rate of 145 beats per minute or more, it’s a girl. If it has a heart rate of less than 145, it’s a boy.
Basketball or Spare Tire?
According to this myth, you can tell the gender of your child based upon how you are “carrying”. If your baby is all out front, like a basketball, it is a boy. If you are gaining weight all over, your child will be a girl.
Does Your Morning Sickness Last All Day?
According to myth, if you are carrying a girl, your morning sickness will be more pronounced. Supposedly, boys mean less morning sickness.
The Chinese Birth Chart
Supposedly, a birth chart was discovered in an ancient Chinese tomb. According to this chart, you can predict the gender of your child. I have to be honest and say that I’ve seen several different versions of the “official chart”. One version is sure to accurately predict your child’s gender!
High or Low?
According to this myth, you can predict the gender of your child by how high or low you are carrying that child. If your child is low in your stomach, it’s a girl. If it is high up near your ribs, it’s a boy.
Hair or Bare?
Is your hair growing faster than usual? Do you have to shave your legs more often? One myth claims that boys cause hair to grow faster. Girls don’t do this.
Gray or Brown?
This myth makes me laugh! According to this myth, you can tell the gender of your child based upon your mother-in-law’s hair color. If her hair is natural, or gray, you will have a girl. If her hair is colored, you’ll have a boy. Who knew that a mother-in-law could have such influence!
Calm or Crabby?
Are you constantly crying? Are you crabby? Is all well in your world? One myth claims that you can tell the gender of your unborn child by your mental state. Boys supposedly make a mom more calm. If you are crabby or crying, you are having a girl.
While they myths are fun, they don’t accurately predict the gender of your child. It should be noted that even an ultrasound picture can be misleading. When it comes down to it, the only way to know your child’s gender is to patiently wait until his or her birthday!