A Fun List of Pregnancy Old Wives Tales

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old wives’ tale

Noun: A superstition or traditional belief that is regarded as unscientific or incorrect.

I can almost guarantee that we have all heard an old wives tale at some point in our life.  I decided it would be fun to put together a little list of some of the most and not so common pregnancy old wives tales.


– If you’re having a girl you will crave sweets

– If you’re having a boy you will crave salty foods

– Next time you pee check the color dull yellow = girl and bright yellow means boy

– Nose getting wider or bigger means a boy

– If you can only think of girl names than your probably having a girl.  Same goes with boy names

– If you lay on your left side you’re having a boy. Right side = girl.

– Heartburn means your baby will have lots of hair

– If your feet are colder you’re having a boy

– If a toddler boy shows interest in the pregnant women it is said that you’re having a girl

– Carry out front means boy and all around a girl.  I’ve heard this one go both ways.

– Dry hands mean you’re having a boy

– If you don’t have the pregnancy “glow” it’s because you’re having a girl and she’s stealing your beauty

– Heart rate 140 bpm & above points to a girl. Less than 140 bpm is a boy

– If you see something ugly while pregnant you will have an ugly baby

– If you have morning sickness it is said that you’re having a girl

– Pregnant women can’t have baths

– When in labor their needs to be a pot of boiling water going

– The Ring Test place it on string if it goes back and forth you’re having a girl, circles mean you’re having a boy

– If you pick up a key by the top you’re having a boy & if you pick it up at the bottom you’re having a girl

– Mayan Tale mothers age at conception and the year of conception if the number is even you’re having a girl

– If your skin is less than prefect and breaking out while pregnant you’re having a girl

– If your left breast is larger you’re having a girl. Right would mean a boy.

– If you have kids already you can get insight into what the next will be.  They say if your child’s first word was mama than your having a girl and if it was dada it’s a boy

– If your legs stay in shape you’re having a girl.  If they get big you’re having a boy.

– If you’re moody while pregnant you’re having a girl

– If you eat the end of the bread you’re having a boy

– Clumsy while pregnant = you’re having a boy.  Graceful = a girl

– While dreaming you will see what gender you’re having

– If you have headaches you’re having a boy

– Pee on dandelions and they will turn red and blister if you’re pregnant

– **WARNING** It is not safe to mix urine with draino or bleach.  They will let off toxic fumes that are not safe to be inhaling. The Draino test is said to change color when mixed with urine and can indicate if you’re having a boy or girl.   The Bleach Test is supposed to fizz if your pregnant.

– Before pregnancy test were around rabbits were used.  It was believed that if you inject the woman blood into a rabbit their ovaries swelled it meant that the woman was pregnant. Such a cruel test…


Want to read even more old wives tales on pregnancy and determing gender? Check out Part 2


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