I wanted to document all the predictions on what sort of baby I’m having before we actually have this bebe, so I’ve pulled this comprehensive (?) list from bellybelly.com, along with the Chinese Gender Prediction, what I’m feeling, etc. However, I’ve already heard multiple versions of many of these as they pertain to me… so WHO KNOWS. It’s still really fun to guess and make bets. If you have a tried and true method or tale, let me know in the comments!
Here we go!
#1: The Linea Nigra That ‘dark line’ that has appeared on your bump is apparently the key to working out whether you’re carrying a boy or a girl. Rumour has it that if the line continues above your belly button, you’re having a boy. If it finishes below your belly button, you have a girl bun in your oven.
Verdict: I don’t have a linea nigra at all… is that weird? UNKNOWN
#2: Carrying High Or Low This is one old wives’ tale you won’t be able to get through pregnancy without hearing. In fact, you’ll probably be utterly sick of hearing it by the time you reach your estimated due date. People just love to comment on baby bumps, don’t they? According to legend, if your bump is high, you’re pregnant with a girl. If your bump sits low, you’ll be welcoming a boy.
Verdict: This changes day-to-day, and I’ve been told by others both that I’m carrying high and that I’m carrying low. However, if I had to say myself, I would say low? BOY
#3: The Feel Of Your Skin Carrying a boy is said to give you dry skin, so if you’re enjoying silky smooth skin, you could be expecting a little girl.
Verdict: My skin was a hot, oily, acne-filled mess the first trimester and beginning of the second trimester (thank goodness for Bobbi Brown foundation!), but mid-second tri it evened out and has been pretty much great ever since. There have been some dry patches, but I blamed that on cold weather. GIRL
#4: It’s All In The Heart According to age old nonsense, your baby’s heart rate can be used to predict the gender. Apparently, girls have faster heartbeats than boys. Above 140 ppm means you’re having a girl, and lower than 140 bpm means it’s a boy. Perhaps 140 ppm exactly means it’s an alien, or a puppy, who knows? But because it’s all nonsense anyway, I wouldn’t worry about it.
Verdict: This baby’s heart rate started out at our first appointment at 176 bpm, and the lowest it’s ever been has been 156 bpm. GIRL
#5: Truth Or Hair It’s all in the hair, apparently. If your hair becomes thick and glossy, and you can’t make it down the street without being stopped by a modelling scout, you’re carrying a boy. If your hair is so dull and limp that you look like you’ve been without running water for quite some time, it’s a girl. Similarly, your body hair is thought to provide a clue too. If your body hair is growing thick and fast, you’re said to be having a boy. If your hair growth has remained normal (don’t be too smug, you’ll still be way hairier than usual because shaving your legs while heavily pregnant is basically impossible), there might be a girl nestled in your womb.
Verdict: My hair has been thicker and I haven’t lost anywhere close to as much as I used to in the shower (TMI?) but I haven’t really noticed a difference in shaving my legs…. UNKNOWN?
#6: No Time To Weight If the thought of waiting until the birth to find out the sex of your baby is getting you down, worry no more! Simply pay attention to your pregnancy weight gain. According to an old wives’ tale, if you’re carrying all of your extra weight out front, it’s a boy. If those pregnancy pounds are piling on all over, you might be expecting a daughter.
Verdict: I pretty much only have a baby bump, and “carry out front” (which I’ve been told by two women that means it’s a girl…) and haven’t gained weight anywhere else, so according to this: BOY
#7: It’s All About The Taste Some people believe your cravings provide clues as to the sex of your unborn child. Thinking of sugar and spice, and all things nice, it’s common sense that sweet cravings mean you’re carrying a girl. Fruit, chocolate and desserts all hint that the stork might be bringing you a daughter. Salty or sour foods could be an indication that you’re carrying a son. If you’re drooling at the thought of crisps and pretzels, there might be a boy beneath that bump.
Verdict: GIVE ME ALL THE BERRIES AND APPLES AND REESE’S PIECES AND EGGS AND REESE’S PIECES. GIRL
#8: The Ring This old wives’ tale is so old it uses a wedding ring. For a modern version, you might prefer another ring, needle or pin. Yank out a strand of your hair, and attach the ring (or whatever you choose) to it. Lie yourself down and dangle the ring over your bump. If the ring starts to move in circles, you’re having a boy. If it sways from side to side like a pendulum, you’re going to have a daughter.
Verdict: Side to side! GIRL
#9: Having A Barf If you were wondering what good could possibly come from all-the-time sickness (calling it ‘morning’ sickness is clearly an issue for Trading Standards), here it is. It’s a way of predicting the sex of your unborn child. If you had your head in the toilet bowl for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, you’re having a girl. If you escaped without that daily vom, legend predicts you will have a baby boy.
Verdict: I never got sick at all… but then again, neither did my mom or sister… who both have had only girls…. but going with this version: BOY.
#10: No Easy Feet Those extremities are also said to be useful in the quest for gender predictions. If you are suffering from a bad case of the cold feet now that you’re pregnant, you might be expecting a boy. If your feet are as warm as ever, you might be carrying a girl.
Verdict: I haven’t noticed my feet being weird, so, going with GIRL
#11: Ready To Glow? The old wives of days gone by thought it was possible to predict the sex of the baby based on how the mother looked. If people are queuing up to tell you just how beautiful, glowing and blooming you are now that you’re knocked up, you could be carrying a boy. If people are looking at you with worried eyes and asking if you’re feeling okay, it’s probably a daughter zapping the life out of your feeble body.
#12: A Big Boob It might not often be talked about in polite society, but it’s common to have one breast bigger than the other. Take a look in the mirror: if your right breast is bigger, you might be having a son. If your left is larger, it could be a little girl in your uterus.
Verdict: I won’t provide commentary on this one, but… GIRL.
#13: All Encompassing One of the more ridiculous tales is that the direction your pillow faces can be used to predict the sex of your developing baby. If your pillow faces north, it’s a boy. If it faces south, it’s a girl. If it points east or west, the test is inconclusive. Please try again later (once you’ve rearranged your room to give you the answer you most want).
Verdict: UNKNOWN (my pillow faces East, I think).
#14: Spot On According to ancient wisdom, acne during pregnancy hints that you’re having a girl. A perfect complexion could be a sign that you’re expecting a boy.
Verdict: I DEFINITELY had a ton of acne during the first half of pregnancy, and I have the drawer full of Neutrogena to prove it. GIRL
#15: Urine Need Of This Test Take a look at your wee (glamorous, right?). If it’s bright you could be carrying a girl. If your urine is dull or clear, it might be a baby boy hiding in your uterus.
Verdict: Two words: Prenatal Vitamins. But, GIRL.
#16: Ball About The Bump This one is quite niche. If folks keep stopping you, to comment on how closely your bump resembles a basketball, you’re having a boy. If basketball players keep trying to dribble off with your bump, you could be expecting a girl.
Verdict: What?? UNKNOWN.
Wives’ Tales Totals:
What I “Feel Like I’m Having”
As far as what I’m feeling… I have had about 10 dreams that this baby is a girl and 1 dream that this baby is a boy. I am crunchy and crazy enough to really truly believe in dreams. I dreamed my sister was having a girl before she knew, and she did (a really, really cute one, I might add). All the dreams I’ve had about our baby being a girl have been VERY realistic. The dream about it being a boy (which I had the night Wheat’s brother and his wife found out they were having a little boy) was STRANGE and super out-there (I gave birth to a small toddler boy a month early and promptly ditched him at the hospital to go to the beach!). But then again, I have had weird dreams and night terrors my whole life, so I could just be crazy. In fact, it’s highly likely. Wheat will probably vouch for that.
My entire family things it’s a boy though, and despite my feelings, I’m inclined to agree. As a quick genetics refresher thanks to Wikipedia, basically gender is determined by the man in the equation…
A baby’s sex is determined at the time of conception. When the baby is conceived, a chromosome from the sperm cell, either X or Y, fuses with the X chromosome in the egg cell, determining whether the baby will be genetically female (XX) or male (XY). To be genetically female, one needs to be (XX), whereas to be a genetic male, (XY) is needed. It is the Y chromosome that is essential for the development of the male reproductive organs, and with no Y chromosome, an embryo will develop into a female. This is because of the presence of the sex determining region of the Y chromosome, also known as the SRY gene.
Since Wheat’s family is ALL BOYS, or pretty much all boys, chances are that his dominant Italian genes will win out and we will have a brown haired, brown eyed little boy that looks just like all the Kirbos! So despite my gut feelings the entire pregnancy it’s a girl, I’m simultaneously convinced we are having a mini-Wheat. (Try your hardest not to laugh at that one!)
Chinese Gender Calendar
And drum roll please: the Chinese Gender Calendar predicts:
In about a month, we will find out for sure!
We can’t wait to meet you, Bebe!