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

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Amanda Monell

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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?

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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?

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Would you describe your skin as oily?

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Have you had more acne since you found out you were pregnant?

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What is your baby's heart rate?

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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?

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How many times have you been told that you were "glowing" during your pregnancy?

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Have you noticed a difference in your hair since you found out you were pregnant?

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Is your partner gaining weight?

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Are you shaving your legs more than normal?

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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?

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Do you find that your feet are getting colder more than normal?

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Which of these foods would you crave?

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How bad is your morning sickness?

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Are your shoes feeling tight?

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At your baby shower, did your relatives say you were carrying high or low?

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Have you had any headaches since you've been pregnant?

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What side do you sleep on at night?

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How are your fingernails?

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When you check out your cleavage, are you lopsided?

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You and your partner to have pizza for dinner. Can your partner smell the garlic on you afterward?

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Is your urine more yellow than usual?

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Are you suffering from heartburn?

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Have you had trouble keeping your balance?

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Do you feel as though you're moodier than you were before you were pregnant?

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Look into a mirror for about a minute. Did your eyes dilate during that time?

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Have your areolas changed color?

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Are your hands super soft?

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Have you experienced the joys of swollen ankles?

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Would you ever consider using a Chinese birth chart?

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