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Boy or Girl? 21 Wives’ Tales That May Tell You

Old wives’ tales are little more than super-circulated rumors. Never proven to be true, they’re sayings and adages that generations of women have passed down to one another regarding family health (eating carrots improves your vision), safe parenting (wait an hour after eating before swimming), and—most popularly—pregnancy. Whether you’re trying to guess your own baby’s gender or looking for shower games for a friend, read on for the top ways women have guessed whether it'll be a boy or a girl.
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Sleep Position
Pay attention to which way you lay down in bed tonight. If you prefer sleeping on your left side, you’ll have a boy. Right side? You're pregnant with a girl. 


Upset Stomach
Little girls aren’t always sweet. Extreme nausea means you are having a daughter. 


Soft or Dry Hands
If your hands are dry during pregnancy, you are having a boy; soft—expect a girl. 


Food Cravings
Your favorite pregnancy foods may tell you what sex the baby is. If you’re craving citrus while pregnant, you’re having a girl. 


Adult Acne
If altering hormones makes your skin break out, expect a girl. 


Graceful or Clumsy Pregnancy
If you feel as though you’re gliding through they day, you’ll have a girl. Stumbling? It’s a boy. 


Face Weight Gain
If your face gets fuller, it means you’re having a girl. 


Sugar and Spice Food Cravings
Craving salt during pregnancy? Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn means a boy is on the way. Need a little something sweet? Ice cream, chocolate, and candy means you’re having a girl.

Mood Changes
If you’re experiencing pregnant mood swings, expect a baby girl to arrive soon. 


High or Low Pregnant Belly
If you’re carrying the baby low on your stomach, expect a boy. If it’s high, you’re having a girl. 


Baby Weight
If you’re carrying the baby in front, it’s a boy. Is the baby weight spaced all around your middle? It’s a girl. 


Pendulum Test
Dangle a chain with a charm over your palm. It swings back and forth: boy. In a circle: girl. 


Model Your Hands
“Show me your hands.” If you would hold your hands palms up, it’s a girl. Down? You’re having a boy. 


Toddler Advice
Get baby advice from a nephew or from a friend’s little boy. If a toddler boy shows interest in your belly, you’ll have a girl. If he ignores you, it’s a boy. 


Eat Garlic
Guess the baby’s sex by eating garlic. If the smell seeps out of your pores, it’s a boy. If there’s no scent, it’s a little girl. 


Key to Pregnancy
If you pick up a key by the round end, you’re having a boy. If you pick it up by the long end? A girl. 


Even and Odd Numbers
If your age and year of conception are both even or odd, it’s girl. One even and one odd means a boy. 


Baby’s Heartbeat
If the baby’s heart beats more than 150 times per minute, you’re pregnant with a girl. Less than 150, it’s a boy. 


Stress Test
A child tends to be of the same sex as the parent who is less stressed at the time of conception.


Dream Meanings
If you dream about having a girl while pregnant, you will wind up having a boy and vice versa. 


Breast Size
If your right breast is larger than the left while pregnant, you are having a girl. If the left is larger, it’s a baby boy.


By Jenny Saltiel and Lexi Walters of Parents.com

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