Gender Prediction Tricks to Guess Your Baby's Sex

Here are some fun and not-so-scientific gender prediction tricks and tips!

By: Amanda Mushro

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If you’re pregnant and daydreaming of decorating your nursery blue or pink, you may turn to the Internet to see if there are any ways to get an early prediction of your baby’s gender. From your skin and your hair to the foods you are craving, there are plenty of old wives’ tales about figuring out if you are carrying a boy or a girl.

While you may have to wait a few weeks (or even a few months) before you can do a blood test or sonogram — or if the big reveal happens the day your baby is born — there are some fun ways you can try to predict your baby’s gender.

Now, we wouldn't advise you to commit to a definite color for the nursery based on these predictions (unless it’s a gender neutral color — then go for it!), but they are fun to try and you can see if your predictions are correct once your baby arrives.

Here are some not-so-scientific gender prediction tricks and tips!

Signs you might be having a boy:

  • Your hair and skin are glowing.
  • If your feet are always cold.
  • If your hands are dry.
  • You are carrying the extra weight out front and your belly looks like a basketball.
  • You are craving salty or sour foods.

Signs you might be having a girl:

  • You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear, and your belly is high.
  • You are craving sweets and fruit.
  • Your face is breaking out.
  • Your skin and hair are looking dull and lifeless.
  • Your baby isn’t very active in your belly.

The Ring Test

For this gender test, you’ll need a wedding ring and a piece of string. Start by placing the string through the ring. Then lay on your back and hold the string so that the ring is over your belly. If the ring moves in circles, your baby is a girl. If it swings back and forth, it's a boy.

Baking Soda Test

This one may seem a little gross, but considering you had to pee on a stick to confirm your pregnancy, this is sort of the same. Start by putting some baking soda into a disposable cup. Then either pee into the cup or pour a few drops into the cup. If the baking soda fizzes, it's a boy. If the baking soda stays flat, you are having a girl.

Partner’s Weight Gain

For this one, your partner will need to step on the scale. This old wives’ tale says if your partner is gaining weight right along with you, expect a girl in your future. If his weight stays the same, you’ll be having a boy.

It’s in the Eyes

Grab a mirror and stare into it for about a minute. If your pupils are dilating, it means you’re having a boy. If they stay the same, it’s a girl.

Heart Rate

At your next doctor’s appointment take note of the baby’s heart rate. If their heart is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, it’s for a girl. If it’s under 140 bpm, it’s a boy.

Chinese Gender Chart

Many people consult the Chinese Gender Chart because it’s believed to predict gender based on the Chinese lunar calendar month and Chinese astrology. According to various legends, the chart was found in a royal tomb near Beijing more than 700 years ago. Lucky for you, there are plenty of copies floating online and you’ll need the month you conceived and your age to get a prediction.

Morning Sickness Clues

If you suffer with morning sickness, we are so sorry Mama. However, it may help you predict your baby’s gender. If your morning sickness lasts beyond the first trimester, it’s a girl. If your sickness subsides or you didn’t have any to begin with, then it’s a boy.


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