So, one of the most exciting things in life for me is not finding out the sex of my babies when I’m pregnant. Everybody knows that I am super old fashioned when it comes to this subject.
The next best thing in life is wondering and daydreaming about what I’m having for the duration of my entire pregnancy. It’s not as if I don’t wonder and get excited about it every single day that I breathe or anything.
By now, some people might think it a waste of my time to find out anyway because anyone who’s been pregnant as many times as I have should be able to figure it outway before they’re due, right?
I have five girls and one boy and I’ve only been 99.9% sure I knew the gender twice. Those two times were during my first two pregnancies and we found out that they were both girls at their 20 week ultrasounds.
I never ever just “know” that it’s a girl or a boy. I have had more symptoms of girls because of having so many, but even when I was pregnant with Jack, we thought he was a girl the majority of the time & my pregnancy with him was indeed different.
I stay excited my entire pregnancy because of the mere fact that I can not wait to open the most amazing present that’s been growing and kicking inside of me for almost 40 weeks. The feeling is amazing–especially when the 3rd trimester hits. I’ll be 31 weeks in just a few days and knowing that I have just weeks left before I get to meet him or her is the most exciting feeling that only someone who’s not found out the gender of their baby would understand.
I was talking to a friend not too long ago….dear, sweet Cassidy. She’s pregnant with her 6th baby. Right now she has one girl & four little boys. I think she should let this one be a surprise! (Of course I would say that, but only because it’s so worth the excitement and joy.) If she needs one, I’ll be her her cheerleader–cheering her on and reminding her of how happy she’ll be as she gets closer, but she’s probably not going to be able to do it, though….she said needs to be prepared.
And you know, I get it. There are some surprises in life that people would rather know about ahead of time.
For me, those surprises are like company coming over. Like, please do not show up at my house without warning me, people. But still some do…and I still love them, but the surprise would be so much more nice if I could be prepared for their arrival. I mean, I’d just like to be able to straighten up a little bit and make sure that I have some make-up on. It’s truly like my biggest pet peeve.
It’s not really a surprise that I’m having a baby when I’m pregnant, though. It’s just like a color thing to me. Pink or blue? Either way, the baby will have a name, a crib, diapers, food…even clothes at the hospital because I always come prepared for either…I buy new outfits and everything…I just keep the receipts. It’s really not that hard to get prepared. (I have a post on this exact topic~you can read about it here. ) But there is that chance that I may not have my make-up on perfectly before I’m dilated to 10. However, I know he or she is coming, so there’s really no excuse. Gotta be ready.
I tend to obsess over all the different signs of gender during pregnancy. It’s not like I’m not curious, y’all. I’m human just like everyone else…I just don’t obsess over needing to be prepared based on whether it’s a boy or a girl.
So for fun, I thought it would be neat to go through a list of old wives tales & gender prediction signs and see what my pregnancy predicts. I’ll list the ones everyone’s already heard about a million times AND some new signs/tests I recently became aware of and then I’ll tell you my prediction of each sign and my total prediction at the end of this post.
Ok…so these are in no particular order.
Gender Prediction Signs During this Pregnancy & My Prediction
- If you have really bad morning sickness, it’s a girl. If you aren’t getting very sick, it’s a boy. I was sick all the time for the first 20 weeks, but only threw up 3 times. I’m usually sick the entire pregnancy, just not as much during the 3rd trimester. So, it seemed to lessen a bit earlier this time. It definitely wasn’t as severe as with my girls. My prediction…boy.
- If you have faster growing hair anywhere, it’s supposed to be a boy. This was true for me during my 3rd pregnancy and I did indeed have a boy. The hair on my legs grew like crazy during the beginning, I know, but I honestly can’t remember if it slowed down or not. (I keep a journal during each pregnancy and only mentioned it once the entire time, which I think is odd. If it was a huge difference, I think I would have mentioned it or complained about having to shave all the time.) But during the next 4 pregnancies, the hair on my legs basically stopped growing around midway & they were all girls. This time it grew a good bit during the beginning & I was really thinking that it was a boy, but now it has pretty much stopped. The hairs are sporadic and grow super slow. My eyelashes look as if they have grown, though, and I’ve never noticed it before. If you read my first post, I mentioned how I had kind-of become obsessed over false eyelashes recently. I can’t even imagine wearing them now. They would probably make me look ridiculous. So, I’m going to predict a boy for this one.
- The Baking Soda Gender Test: The test itself is one you can do at home at any time. Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a glass. Then add some of your urine to the baking soda. If it fizzes like when you pour a coke, it’s a boy. On the other hand if there is no reaction at all from the baking soda and urine, you’re having a girl. Apparently the science behind this idea suggests that the sex of the baby changes some of the hormones in the mother’s body, which may then change some of the acid content of her urine. I did the test during the first trimester and absolutely nothing happened, which suggests that it’s a girl. But I’ve not done it since……SO…how about I go take it right now and see if it’s the same not that I’m well into the 3rd…. Annnnnndd the same thing happened. There were some bubbles, which were not there when I took the test the first time, but it definitely didn’t fizz like coke. So, either my urine is just not very acidic in general, or maybe it’s a girl.
- The Baby’s Skull Theory: This is one I had never heard of before. The Skull Theory is a technique for predicting gender and I’ve read that it has a 92% accuracy rate. Basically, you compare your baby’s ultrasound profile picture to the diagram below looking for certain ‘male’ or ‘female’ markers in the shape of the skull. I must say that I am just not sure how to measure this, but here is my baby’s ultrasound picture from 20 weeks:The only way I can compare is to look at other ultrasound pictures. The top profile is a boy and the bottom profile is a girl, but I must say, I really have no idea how to judge this. If I had to choose one, I’d probably say that my baby’s skull looks more like the bottom picture, which is a girl, but then the forehead looks a little more flat like the top picture, which is a boy. So, y’all, I have no idea, but I admit that this is extremely interesting to me. I’ll probably study it more after this baby is born. I think it deserves its own post.
- The Ramzi Theory: this theory is based on the location of your placenta at a very early ultrasound, I would say between 6-8 weeks. The Ramzi Theory suggests that if your ultrasound reveals that your future placenta is on the left side of your body, you are likely having a girl; if it reveals that it is on the right side of your body, it is likely a boy. Here’s my 6 week ultrasound picture.Here’s my 6 week ultrasound picture with my last baby, which was a girl.You have to flip the image when having a vaginal ultrasound, so what appears to be on the left is actually on the right and what is on the right is actually on the left. So, my two ultrasounds show the baby, and I would think the placenta, to be on the right side. If it’s on the right, it’s a boy, right? Well, this proves false with my last baby because I had a girl. And if you look at the baby I’m carrying now, its definitely on the right side. The placenta looks like it is not there, in my opinion, which would be accurate because my placenta is actually located right in the front. I have an anterior placenta and it’s right in the middle–it’s behind my belly button now, as it has moved upward as my uterus has grown. (Just think about it logically and it makes sense). So, this theory doesn’t fit the bill in my case. I don’t think I can make an accurate prediction on this one, but if I had to guess based on where the baby is, then boy.
- Chinese Gender Predictor: this is completely ridiculous, in my opinion, but for the record, I’ll look at the chart. My age at conception was 37 and the month I conceived was July, so based off of this chart, I’m having a girl.
- Baby’s Heart Rate: Now, in my opinion, this one may be the most reliable–for me, anyway. When I was pregnant with my girls–all 5 of them–the heart rate was always in the 150’s or 160’s. Every ultrasound. Every check with the Doppler. But this was not the case with Jack. When I was pregnant with him, I had some preterm labor issues and had to be monitored like all the time. I was in the hospital for 3 days when I was 30 weeks and so I was hooked up to the monitor the entire time and saw his heart rate constantly. It was always in the upper 130’s-mid 140’s. Always. It only got higher if he got busy in there. When I was in labor, my L&D nurse said that I was going to have a boy, no doubt. Her prediction was based on his heart rate. The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the faster the resting heart rate. As the baby gets bigger, it slows, so in my opinion, this wouldn’t really be as accurate during the first half of a pregnancy. My baby’s heart rate was in the 140’s the last two times it was checked. It was 143 bpm and 142 bpm, so based on those two times, I would predict that I’m having a boy.
- Food Cravings: They say if you crave salty things, you are having a boy and if you crave sweet things, you’re having a girl. I really don’t have any true cravings this time, except for the fact that I’ve wanted a pickle quite a few times and I never eat pickles. I do eat salty/savory foods waaaaaaaaay more than sweet foods. If there’s ice cream around, though, you’d better believe I’m gonna have some of that, but based off my norm, I’m gonna say boy.
- Craving Ice: The intense urge to eat ice cubes during pregnancy is considered to be a form of pica. Pica is characterized by eating non-food items such as clay, chalk, soil, paint chips and plaster. Nice. The eating habit is thought to be compulsive, and the consumed items hold little in the way of nutritional value. Some studies have found a link between pica and iron deficiency, indicating that deficiencies may have a role to play in the condition. During my last three pregnancies, I could not stopeating ice. It was definitely compulsive and I had no iron deficiency. It started during the 2nd trimester with each pregnancy and got crazy during the 3rd. I would sit in bed at night with a huge cup of ice and it made me so content and calm. I remember stopping at Chick-fil-A once just to get a large water so I could have their ice. This pregnancy, however, has been the exact opposite. When I think of chomping down on ice, I imagine it just hurting my teeth or something. This craving is found in more women pregnant with girls, and my last three babies were all girls. Considering I never eat it and am well into the 3rd trimester, I’m gonna predict that I’m having a boy with this one.
- How you carry your baby: So, we hear this one all the time, right? If it looks like you’re carrying a basketball down low, it’s a boy. If you look like you swallowed a watermelon, you’re carrying a girl. You really can’t make this prediction until you are in your 3rd trimester, girls. I remember posting a 20 week belly picture on facebook with one of my babies and someone commented that they thought I was going to have a boy because I was carrying so low………well, girls, when your 20 weeks, your uterus is only so big. It sits at, or slightly below, your belly button. So, yes. I looked like I was going to have a boy. Until the baby grew and I looked like that no longer. Here’s that 20 week picture and I had a girl.Here I am at 31 weeks, same pregnancy. Based off of how I look this time, I don’t know. This was taken at 28 weeks.It is more rounded, compared to the picture above it. Well, how can I tell with that shirt on? I don’t know, people. I do know that I should probably get some better pictures, though. My prediction: either.
- How you eat bread: Is this seriously a thing? I don’t know what to think about it, except that I find my situation interesting. They say if you want to eat the ends of the loaf, you’re having a boy. If you prefer the middle, it’s a girl. This is weird for me. Recently, I pulled out our bread machine and started making bread again for our family. (Homemade bread is so good, y’all.) When that first loaf was finished, I immediately wanted to eat the end piece and I’ve wanted the ends each time after that. When I made bread a couple of years ago, I would never have eaten the end. Never. So, as weird as that is, I must say that this prediction is a boy.
- Heartburn: I didn’t realize this was a gender thing, but okay. So, if you have heartburn, it’s a girl. If you don’t, it’s a boy. I don’t remember if I had it with Jack, but I had it with all the girls for sure. It started during the end of the 2nd-beginning of the 3rd trimesters with all of them & it was HORRIBLE. This time, it started at 20 weeks! However, I no longer have it, which has puzzled me. I was just talking to Rooster yesterday or the day before about the absence of heartburn now and how I don’t understand why I’m not having it because it only lessens during my pregnancies after the baby drops. I do feel like I can breathe easier now…I’ve been feeling less winded and less crowded with this baby for the past week & 1/2, but it would be early for the baby to engage. Unless I am carrying the baby lower and just haven’t realized it. So, for this one, I’m gonna have to say boy.
- The Ring Test: Here’s another one of those crazies. Tie a string to your wedding ring and hang it over your belly. If it moves in circles, it’s a girl. If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy. So, I did this and it went back and forth every time. It went that way over Rooster’s belly, too…….. So, it must be a boy.
- Not gaining as much weight or not looking pregnant from behind: So, I have my own theory for this one. When you’re pregnant with a boy, you will have higher amounts of testosterone because he’s male. Plain and simple. This is why hair sometimes grows faster or in crazy places. It really is true, but it doesn’t affect all women the same. Hormones from your baby, however, do affect your own hormones in some ways. High amounts of testosterone can speed up your metabolism, too. Ever heard of men losing weight easier/faster than women? As a general rule, they have faster metabolisms than we do. During pregnancy, your metabolism speeds up no matter what the gender of your baby. BUT, maybe, just maybe, our metabolism is even faster when we are carrying a boy??? I’ve looked this up, but can’t find any information on it. I’m just looking at the facts here. If your metabolism is faster, less weight might be gained. They say that women who are pregnant with girls gain weight all over and only gain in the belly with boys. Why would this happen? Just because you’re having a girl, you’ll gain more weight? I don’t think so. I think that it’s all about metabolism. This should mean that if you had a boy and a girl (different pregnancies) and ate the same diet both times, you’d more than likely gain more weight with the girl. It’s common sense when you think about it, but it may be completely untrue. Just my theory on the issue. For me during this rodeo, I have gained like 12 pounds. Well, that was when I was 26 weeks, so it’s more now, I’m sure. Someone told me that I don’t look pregnant from behind, but I can tell that my thighs are bigger. Gross. So, we’ll sayboy for this one.
And I think I’m going to stop right there because this post is looooooooong. And there’s no telling what my kids are up to right now.
My results from these gender signs are: 10 for a boy, 2 for a girl, and 2 for either. This means very little to me, however. My true prediction this go round is this:
I would guess that I havea 51% chance of having a boy & a49% chance of having a girl.
I am completely on the fence about this one, despite all the signs. The extra 1% goes to a boy because of the baby’s heart rate, but it’s still neck & neck in my opinion. Oh, and Rooster thinks it’s a girl. But Rooster always thinks it’s a girl, so that’s no surprise.
So, I’m excited, y’all! Again! The closer I get, the more I can hardly stand it….And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
So, take a wild guess. Chances that you pick the right gender of my baby, or your baby, are pretty good. Here’s to surprises and for being super old fashioned!
And, a shout out to Cassidy. Come on, girl, you can do it!