5. A hankering for chips, not ice cream
There is a theory going around that if you crave salty, savory foods, you are having a boy, and that if the desperate desire is for sweet stuff, it’s more likely to be a girl. Kinda like that whole “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of” rhyme, suggesting “Sugar and spice and all things nice” mean a daughter.
So what happens if you crave the old pregnancy favorite of pickles and ice-cream combo? Savory and sweet?
“There’s no scientific evidence to back up any of these beliefs,” Livestrong.com reports of the suggestion in an article all about cravings.
In fact, that little critter inside you is just sucking up all your nutrients as it grows, so what you crave is most likely what your body is running out of, regardless of if it’s a boy or a girl.
6. Big appetite
The old story that mums eat more when carrying boys seems to be fact, with a US study reporting that of 244 women tested, on average those with boys on board ate 10% more than those with girls.
In the British Medical Journal, Prof Dimitrios Trichopoulos writes: “Our findings support the hypothesis that women carrying male rather than female embryos may have higher energy requirements.”
7. Keeping it on the down-low
The most popular belief about how you can tell what sex the baby will be is by looking at how you are carrying, with the theory that girls sit higher, and boys hang down the bottom.
Similar to the “where you gain weight” theory, there doesn’t seem to be any good reason – or basis – for this old wives’ tale.
Professor Steve Robson, the Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, tells The Huffington Post Australia, “It’s clear to say that a child’s genitals has nothing to do with how the woman’s body looks when she is pregnant. The way a woman carries a baby has more to do with the size of the baby – then the belly tends to pivot forward.”
8. The wedding ring spin
Tie your ring to a piece of string and hold it in front of your belly. If it swings backward and forwards, it’s a boy, but if it goes around in circles, it’s a girl. (Though some sites say it’s the other way around! So that just goes to show you how reliable this myth is.)
9. Chinese birth chart
Hmmm. Apparently an ancient Chinese document just requires the Chinese age of the mother and the Chinese month of conception to work out the sex of your child.
But as the mother of twins, one a boy and one a girl, who I guess was conceived in the same month and while I was the same age, this method would have a definite 50% failure rate for me.
10. Mother’s Intuition
Guessing the sex of your child, you would expect to get it right 50% of the time. But a New Scientist study has proved that maternal instinct – where the mum-to-be just has a gut feeling – is proved right more often than not, with correct guesses around 70% of the time.