Boy or Girl? 20 Old Wives Tales About Gender Predictions

Boy or Girl – What Will It Be?

When you’re pregnant, it can be tempting to try your luck on different methods of gender predictions, to either try and get a glimpse into what the sex of your baby might be, or to see if any methods were indeed correct!

Below are a list of old wives tales about gender predictions! If you have any you would like to add, email us and we may add them to the list!

Old Wives’ Tale #1 – Linea Nigra

Latin for ‘black line’, a linea nigra may appear on your belly during pregnancy. This is a purple/brownish line which extends down the middle of your belly to your pubic area, about 1cm in width. It’s known that hormones cause the linea nigra pigmentation, but it’s not known why it forms in the vertical line that it does.

The old wives tale is this – if you get a línea nigra and it runs from your pubic area to your belly button only, it’s a girl, and if it goes all the way up from your pubic area to the bottom-most part of you rib cage, then it’s a boy.

Old Wives’ Tale #2 – Carrying High or Low?

This is a well known old wives tale – so many people will want to look at your belly and think they can guess just from looking! So as the tale goes, if you are carrying low, it’s a boy, or if you’re carrying high it’s a girl. We wont tell them that the way the baby is carried is actually a reflection of your own body shape, muscle, baby’s position and other physical factors.

Old Wives’ Tale #3 – The Draino Thingo

There is an old wives tale that involves mixing your urine with Draino resulting in the Draino changing colour. Not only is this false, but Draino is dangerous and very bad for the environment, so we don’t recommend this one.

Old Wives’ Tale #4 – Is Your Skin Dry or Soft?

If your skin is dry, you’re said to be having a boy – and if it’s soft, then a girl is on the way.

Old Wives’ Tale #5 – What’s Baby’s Heart rate?

They say that if you’re carrying a girl, your baby’s heart rate will be above 140bpm (beats per minute). A boy is said to have a heart rate under 140bpm. However, a study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine (1996) has dismissed this theory, as has other research. Your baby’s heart rate will change often during a pregnancy, depending on the baby’s age and it’s movement. Anything from 120-160bpm is normal for an unborn baby.

Old Wives’ Tale #6 – Your Flowing Locks

Has your hair become thinner and dull? Or full-bodied and glossy? Thin and dull says you’re having a girl, gorgeous and glossy says a boy.

Old Wives’ Tale #7 – Where Are You Carrying Extra Weight?

Even those extra pregnancy kilos are said to provide an insight into your baby’s gender! If you are carrying extra weight at the front, then you’re having a boy… but if you are carrying extra weight on your bum and hips, then you have been carrying a girl. What about dad-to-be? If he’s gaining weight with you, apparently you’re having a girl. If he’s put on no weight, a boy for you!

Old Wives’ Tale #8 – Numbers…

If you combine your age at the time of conception with the number of the month you conceived and the resulting number is odd – then it’s a girl on the way. If the resulting number is even, then it’s a boy for you.

Old Wives’ Tale #9 – Sweet, Salty or Sour?

Another well known old wives tale! Are you craving sweet foods like juice, fruits and chocolate? if so, old wives say that you could be having a girl. But if you’re craving sour or salty foods, then you could be having a boy. It’s also said that if you are having a boy, you will crave protein like meat and dairy. I have trouble believing this one because I think by now we’d be overrun with a population of females – chocolate, yum!

Old Wives’ Tale #10 – Wedding Ring Test (AKA Needle Or Pin Test)

Get your wedding ring (or other ring / a needle / a pin) and attach it with a strand of your hair or some string. Lie down and dangle the ring over your belly. If it starts moving in circles, you are having a boy, or if it moves like a pendulum from side to side, then you are having a girl.

Old Wives’ Tale #11 – Got Morning Sickness?

Did you experience morning sickness in early pregnancy? If you did, then you’re said to be carrying a girl, but if you didn’t have morning sickness, then it’s a boy. Oh! That one was actually true for me!

Old Wives’ Tale #12 – How About Those Cold Feet?

If your feet get colder than they used to pre-pregnancy, it’s a sign you have a boy on the way. If your feet are the same, then it’s a girl!

Old Wives’ Tale #13 – How Do You Look?

Do you look better than ever while pregnant? Or has the pregnancy done your looks no favours? As it goes, if you look great during pregnancy, then you are carrying a boy. If you don’t look too flash, you’re having a girl, because she’s stolen all your good looks!

Old Wives’ Tale #14 – The Breast Test!

If you look in the mirror at your breasts, which one is larger? If it’s the right one, you’re carrying a boy and for a larger left breast, then it’s a girl. Which only leaves one question… if your breasts are both the same size, does that mean one of each? I’ll leave you with that to ponder!

Old Wives’ Tale #15 – North or South?

When you sleep, is your pillow north or south? If it’s north, then expect a boy, or south means a girl is on the way.

Old Wives’ Tale #16 – Pimples, Schimiples…

If you get acne during pregnancy, apparently you’re having a girl, and if you don’t, then you’re carrying a boy. Want to know the real reason you get acne? Check out our article, Acne During Pregnancy.

Old Wives’ Tale #17 – Are You A Lefty or a Righty?

When you sleep, do you sleep on your left? Because if you do, then it’s a boy for you! On your right, a girl is in sight. It’s actually much better for you to sleep on your left side while pregnant – read more here.

Old Wives’ Tale #18 – Check Out Your Wee!

Okay…. now apparently if you have bright yellow urine, then you’re carrying a boy, but if it’s dull / clear, then you’re carrying a girl. On a serious note though, if you have dark urine, up your water intake as you are likely dehydrated or not drinking enough water.

Old Wives’ Tale #19 -What Does Your Belly Look Like?

A basketball or a watermelon? Because if it looks more like a basketball, then old wives say boy, but if it more resembles a watermelon then it’s a girl.

Old Wives’ Tale #20 – Hairy Legs?

Has the hair on your legs grown faster than normal? Or has it grown just like normal? Because if it’s growing faster than it did pre-pregnancy, then you’re said to be having a boy.

Take a Guess!

After all, you have 50% chance of getting it right! In fact, it’s likely to be even more than that. In doing my research, I came across an article which said a study was done on mother’s guessing the gender. The women (who didn’t yet know their baby’s sex), guessed the correct sex of their baby 71% of the time. Not bad!

These are all old wives tales only and we take no responsibility for their accuracy!

Last Updated: March 14, 2015


Kelly Winder is the creator of, a doula, writer and mother to three awesome children. Currently, she's travelling the world for 12 months with her partner and children, and hopes to inspire more families to do the same. Visit for more information.


  1. Boys bounce girls swirl.
    This is what my aunty to me before I went for my first scan. My baby looked like a little jumping bean on the scan monitor. When I went for my second scan it was confirmed I was having a babyboy. This doesn’t mean I believe it, just was a coincidence.

  2. I was having all the symptoms of having a boy but got a baby girl. :)
    I think we can’t predict anything with these kind of Old Wives Tales!!!

  3. When I found out I was pregnent I was 4 weeks along and from that point I knew it was a boy. My morning sickness was terrible. I started getting a brown line down my belly and I was perfectly centered. At my 14 week appointment, I found out the gender of my baby. It was a boy! I knew it and I was so excited. Now I have my beautiful 3 month old son. Its all about mothers instinct. I knew he was a boy. His father wanted it to be a girl but in my heart I knew my child was a boy.

  4. Ive heard that
    If your belly is small your having a girl
    But if its big your having a boy

    Ive actually found this true in some stages

  5. I think it is all crap because every other thing that I have looked at has said if the ring swings in a circle it’s a girl not a boy and “if your having a girl you will eat this or do this if u have a boy u will eat that or do that”… but I do both during my pregnancy so I think it is all wrong. I have acne bad this pregnancy but with my first two pregnancies I didn’t have acne at all I have two lil girls so I’m hoping for a son

  6. I dnt believe half of dem. Bt sum I believe I saw wit my sisters. Wit my daughter I wasn’t sick til like 7months. I’m pregnant nw n I am sick a lot nw. Its hard. I hope its only just fuh 1 month. Bt I do fraid to eat meat because I use 2 vomit alot after Eatin meat at 7 months wit my daughter. So I more believe its a boy tho cuz I mostly want salty. Bt mostly cuz wit my daughter it was different.

  7. I have one each already son 7yrs old & daughter is 3.5 yrs old. Pregnant with #3 at 16.5wks already… the beginning of this pregnancy i was so nausea everyday i was afraid to step out so far it has gotten a lil easier the but sometimes it creeps up. I’m happy with either gender as long as baby is healthy. I don’t remember which pregnancy i was so nausea with although i don’t believe those tails too much every pregnancy is different. I’ve been into sweet n chocolate like crazy n fresh o.j. I’m still waiting to know the sex of this baby n we can’t wait.

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