Can We Guess the Gender of Your Baby Based on These Wives' Tales?

By: Amanda Monell

Can We Guess the Gender of Your Baby Based on These Wives' Tales?
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About This Quiz

If you are currently pregnant, congratulations! You are well on your way to riding that roller coaster that is known as parenthood. Before you get ready to give birth, you may need to consider building a nursery. Before you pick up your paintbrush, you may want to find out the sex of your bundle (or bundles) of joy. Of course, the colors you use in your nursery don't really have anything to do with sex or gender expression, but we do have some cultural traditions you might want to follow.

You might decide to rely on modern-day medical practices to determine the sex of your child; however, taking the mystery out of guessing can ruin some of the fun for others as well as defeat the purpose of a couple of games often played during baby showers. One beloved game among shower-goers involves the mother's wedding ring and a ribbon. According to an old wives' tale, when dangled over the womb, if the ring swings back and forth like a pendulum, the baby is a boy, and if it moves in a circular direction, it's a girl.

So we've consulted all of our aunts and relatives who know of old wives' tales. Let's see if we can guess your baby's sex by answering some of their questions.


When your wedding ring is dangled on a string over your baby bump, how does it move?
It's swinging back and forth.
It moves around in a circle.
It's moving all over the place.
It doesn't do anything.

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Not all old wives' tales leave technology out of the mix. Upon seeing your baby's ultrasound when you first found out you were pregnant, which side of the womb was it attached to?
My baby was on the left.
I didn't get an ultrasound.
My baby was on the right.
I couldn't tell.

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Would you describe your skin as oily?
It doesn't feel any different than normal.
Yes
I would say it's drier than normal.
I would say it depends on the day.

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Have you had more acne since you found out you were pregnant?
No
Yes, I'm constantly breaking out.
I really can't tell.
I've had a few breakouts.

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What is your baby's heart rate?
Under 140 beats per minute
Above 140 beats per minute
I've never been good at counting heart rates: I'm always losing count.
I'll have to check with the doctor next time I visit.

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In some instances, moms will develop a linea nigra (black line) on their stomachs during their pregnancies. Where is yours placed?
It continues above my belly button.
It is on both sides of my belly button.
I don't have one.
It goes under my belly button.

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How many times have you been told that you were "glowing" during your pregnancy?
Once in a while
Never
All the time
A few times

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Have you noticed a difference in your hair since you found out you were pregnant?
Oh my goodness, yes! I can be a hair model!
I wish I could shave my head, that's how dull and lifeless my hair is.
It's got a little bit more bounce than normal.
It's oilier than normal.

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Is your partner gaining weight?
No
They've gained one or two pounds.
Yes, but everyone knows dad bods are the cutest!
I haven't really noticed.

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Are you shaving your legs more than normal?
I haven't really noticed a difference.
Thankfully, no
Yes
I don't shave.

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Weight gain is a necessity when you're pregnant, however, placement of the weight can help determine the gender of your baby. Where are you carrying your extra weight?
I really can't tell, aside from getting bigger.
It's all over.
It's in front.
It seems to be in my face.

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Do you find that your feet are getting colder more than normal?
It depends on the weather.
Nope, my tooties are toasty.
Yes, it feels like I have ice cubes for toes!
I'm always super cold, so I can't tell.

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Which of these foods would you crave?
Pickles
Ice cream
I haven't had cravings yet.
I've craved both pickles and ice cream.

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How bad is your morning sickness?
I've had a little bit of nausea.
I spend most of my mornings in the restroom with saltines by my side.
I haven't had morning sickness.
I had it really bad at first, but then it seemed to stop, thankfully.

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Are your shoes feeling tight?
I only wear flip flops.
No
Yes, all my shoes are tight!
I think it depends on the shoe.

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At your baby shower, did your relatives say you were carrying high or low?
I was carrying low.
I was carrying high.
I didn't have a baby shower.
They couldn't tell.

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Have you had any headaches since you've been pregnant?
Yes, I've felt like my head was going to explode.
Everything is a-OK.
I've had some headaches, but they're sinus-related.
I only got headaches when I forgot to eat something.

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What side do you sleep on at night?
I sleep on my left side.
I sleep on my right side.
I sleep on my stomach (for now).
I sleep on my back.

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How are your fingernails?
They're not any different than when I wasn't pregnant.
They're brittle.
They're stronger and growing faster.
I can't tell.

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When you check out your cleavage, are you lopsided?
My right boob is bigger than my left.
My left boob is larger than my right.
My boobs are the same size.
They're just bigger, that's all I know.

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You and your partner to have pizza for dinner. Can your partner smell the garlic on you afterward?
Yes
I don't eat garlic.
No
If I smell like garlic, my partner doesn't say.

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Is your urine more yellow than usual?
Yes, it's brighter yellow.
No
It is darker than usual.
It is actually lighter than usual.

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Are you suffering from heartburn?
I've had it once or twice.
All the time.
No, thank goodness!
I'm not entirely sure.

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Have you had trouble keeping your balance?
I've been toppling all over the place lately.
No
I was pretty clumsy before I was pregnant, so falling wouldn't be out of the norm for me.
I've been a little wobbly, but not to the point that I'd fall.

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Do you feel as though you're moodier than you were before you were pregnant?
If I am being moody, no one dared to tell me.
Yes
I've had a few mood swings, but nothing to be nervous about.
No

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Look into a mirror for about a minute. Did your eyes dilate during that time?
Yes
No
I don't know.
Seriously?? This is a thing?

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Have your areolas changed color?
Yes, they're significantly darker.
No
They've gotten a little darker.
It depends on the light I'm using.

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Are your hands super soft?
No, I go through lotion like water.
Yes, I don't even need lotion!
If I haven't eaten, they're dry.
They haven't changed much since I got pregnant.

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Have you experienced the joys of swollen ankles?
Yes
No
Only when I'm on my feet for a long time
My ankles were swollen before I got pregnant.

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Would you ever consider using a Chinese birth chart?
I have, and it was accurate.
I have, and it was not accurate.
I got confused just by looking at it.
I didn't know they existed.

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