Boy or Girl? Fact or Fiction?

Whether you believe it or not, every woman will hear some magical way to determine the sex of her child. Scientifically, the only ways to find out whether your baby will be a girl or a boy is to have an ultrasound performed sometime after the 20th week of pregnancy or, if you're having an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling done, you can ask about your baby's sex.

If you are thinking of getting pregnant and want to learn more about the latest scientific methods on this subject, take a peek at the book "How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby."

Alternatively, you can wait until your baby is born and see for yourself. However, if you want something a bit more fun (although not necessarily very reliable), here are some old wives tales that claim to be able to determine the sex of your baby. You can try some for yourself and see if everyone is predicting the same sex of your baby.

Myth or Fact? Old Wives Tale or True Pregnancy Knowledge?

Carrying High, Carrying Low

The way you are carrying during your pregnancy is one of the most oft cited ways of determining the sex of your baby. The general story goes that, if you're carrying low, you're having a boy. If you are carrying high, then you must be having a girl. Science says "NO, NO, NO!" to this: the way you carry is determined by muscle and uterine tone as well as the position of your baby. But who's to say that boys don't like being lower in their mom's stomach while girls prefer a view from the top?

What Your Urine Says

This next test to determine a baby's sex may not be for everyone, although it is very simple. Just take a sample of your urine and mix it with Drano. Depending on the color change of your urine, you will have a boy or a girl. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on what color equals which sex.

So, if you do decided to try this and your urine turns bluish yellow, brownish, brown, black or blue you will be having a boy. If your urine looks more greenish brown, green, blue or doesn't change at all, then you're having a girl.

But be warned: if you decide to do this test, there could be some pretty harsh fumes produced - not to mention the possibility of an explosion!

Table of Contents
1. Boy or Girl - Myths and Facts
2. Do a baby gender test
3. Am I having a boy or a girl?
4. Try these gender tests
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the only sign that was correct for me was carrying low... Im 22 weeks pregnant with a lil man! All other signs point to girl lol My face is getting fuller, Every other list has talked about skin and apperance, if you are more glowing and full bodied hair etc its a boy but if you had prettier days pre pregnancy like now having dry skin, dry hair, dull skin being signs of girl ya well lol I have never had dry brittle hair in my life or dry facial skin and pimples i now have all of the above and its still a boy <3 i even have a small part of my lower back that is dry. its said that girls are responsible for "sucking" the beauty out of their mommies well looks like im gonna have a handsome lil man because hes sure draining me lol
12 years ago
As for the pregnant women should not take baths 'myth', my doctor advised me not to take hot baths (or use hot tubs and so forth) during pregnancy since it raises the body temperature. I received this advice from three independent physicians. So...the reasoning given above was false, but maybe it's still not always advisable for pregnant women to take baths. (I wish it were - I miss my baths enough that I sought a second and third opinion!)
12 years ago
Im shocked cuz I just gave birth to a girl when i thought the whole pregnancy that I was having a boy!!!! We did not want to know the baby gender on the ultrasound cause me and my hubby love surprises!!!! i was carrying low and everyone said for sure its a boy. My girlfriend did the pendant test on me and it swung back and forth just like the old wives tales say and so we both thought that its a boy. i even dreamed it was a boy and we only picked out boy names. So with no signs of having a girl, guess what? just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl!!!!
13 years ago