If you’re pregnant and you want to know the sex of your unborn baby, an ultrasound at 18-20 weeks along can usually give you the information you crave, but five months is a long time to wait for some. Fortunately, for the impatient souls among us, there are some ways to predict (with about 50 percent accuracy) the sex of your baby.
There are too many old wives tales out there to include all of them, but here are six methods with the highest success rates:
1. The wedding ring test
Hang your wedding ring on the string and dangle it over your pregnant belly. Then watch how it swings. If it swings from side-to-side like a pendulum, then you are most likely carrying a baby boy. If it swings in a circular motion then you are probably expecting a baby girl.
2. Morning sickness
If you are extremely ill during the first few months of your pregnancy, chances are you are having a little girl. Expectant mothers will have morning sickness while pregnant with boys too, of course, but extreme sickness early on is an indicator that it is time for you to stock up on the pink clothes.
3. How are you carrying the baby
This also depends on body shape and size and also the size and activity of the baby, but apparently if you are carrying high, it is a girl and if low, it is a boy.
4. Food cravings
Again, cravings will be cravings and they are unpredictable, but as a general rule of thumb, if you are craving sweets, then a girl is on her way. Salty cravings indicate a little boy is growing inside you.
5. Heart rate
This old wives tale says that the baby’s heart rate can indicate the sex of the baby. A heart rate over 140 beats per minute (BPM) is predicted to be a girl while a baby with a heart rate slower than 140 BPM, will most likely be a boy.
Unfortunately, breaking out is not only for high schoolers and pregnancy can bring some breakouts along with its glow. But it’s not all bad; those pesky breakouts mean a girl could be making her way into your future.
These tests may just be variations of old wives tales passed down for centuries, or they may be a glance into your future. Whatever they are, plenty of moms-to-be claim success in predicting their baby’s sex with all six of these methods. If you want to be 100 percent positive, then you have to wait until your bundle of joy is born. In the meantime, you can distract yourself with these methods and who knows, maybe they will predict your future.