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Monday, March 24, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: Gender Predictions

We knew right away that we wanted to find out the gender of baby Hill. We are so excited to spill the beans this weekend when my parents are in town, but until then I thought you might want to make your own guess based on some common wives tales about pregnancy and gender...

Old Wives Tale #1: Heart Rate
If the baby's heart rate is above 140 bpm, it is said that the baby will be a girl. If it is under 140 bpm, then it will be a boy.
First time we heard the babies heartbeat it was at 152 bpm
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #2: Morning Sickness
If you had a smooth pregnancy with no morning sickness, it’s a boy. If you were sick or felt really nauseous during your pregnancy, count on a girl.
I was very nauseous until week 13. Since then I have thankfully been fine! 
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #3: Cravings
If you are craving salty foods while pregnant, you are having a boy. If you crave sweets, fruit, and orange juice, you are having a little girl.
I can't say I have really craved anything salty. Mostly sweet, crunchy, and citrus - Chick'Fil'A lemonade has been my FAVORITE! And Oberwise Mango Pomegranate Sorbet.
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #4: Protein
When a pregnant woman craves meat and cheese, count on a boy.
String cheese has been my go to snack! And I've always been a meat eating girl - cheeseburgers have almost always sounded yummy!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #5: Shape of Belly
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
I'm not sure on this one. I feel like my baby bump is low so...
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #6: Acne
If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl. If you skin is the same or clearer, it's a boy. 
My skin has really not changed that much, and is the normal clear with the occasional random blemish.
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #7: Headaches
If you are having headaches, you might be carrying a boy.
The first 12 weeks I had headaches several times a week. They have thankfully gone away!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #8: Moodiness
If you are really moody, you are having a girl since you have another extra girl hormones in you.  
Well... I would say I'm not that extra moody...Daniel might beg to differ!
Prediction outcome: Inconclusive

Old Wives Tale #9: Mom’s Beauty
If your beauty disappears during pregnancy, you are having a girl. It is said that the girl “steals” the mother’s beauty. If you think that pregnancy has never made you look more beautiful, a little boy it is.
I have actually had several people tell me that I look healthier/prettier - so I'm going with that!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #10: Dreams
If you have dreams that you are having a boy, you will have a girl. If you dream about having a girl, it will be a boy. Dreams show the opposite of what you are having.
I can't remember having a dream with a gender specific baby, but Daniel has had dreams about a little girl...
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #11: Clumsy vs. Graceful
If the pregnant woman is graceful throughout her pregnancy, she’s having a girl. If she becomes clumsy, she’s having a boy.
I am not normally clumsy, and have not noticed that changing yet...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #12: Side You Most Rest On
If a pregnant woman prefers to lay on her left side, she’s having a boy. If she prefers resting on her right side, she’s having a girl.
I have been liking my right side, thought hip pain causes me to switch back and forth quite often!
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #13: Dad’s Weight Gain
If the dad-to-be gains weight while you are pregnant, it’s a girl. If he doesn't gain weight, you’re having a boy.
I think Daniel has stayed about the same the past 20 weeks!
Prediction outcome: BOY

Old Wives Tale #14: Legs
If your legs get really big, you’re having a boy. If your legs stay in shape and lean, it’s a girl. 
Well, as far as I know I'm only gaining in the torso, legs seem to be the same at this point. 
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #15: Feet
If your feet are colder now that you are pregnant, it's a boy. If your feet have stayed the same before pregnancy and during, you’re having a little girl.
I have not noticed any change here...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #16: Thinking of Baby Names
It is said that when you can only think of specific names for a boy or a girl, you will have that particularly baby.
I have tons of girl names rolling around in my head, but boy names are harder to come up with.
 Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #17: Pee
What color is your pee? If it is bright yellow, you will have a little boy. If your urine is a dull yellow, plan on a girl.
Sorry, this one is kinda gross buy with out going into detail...
Prediction outcome: GIRL

Old Wives Tale #18: What Do You Think?
Much of the time, the mom-to-be knows what she is having.
Before we found out for real, I thought we were having a...
Prediction outcome: I thought BOY, and Daniel thought GIRL (you will have to wait till next Monday to see who was right!)

Boy - 8
Girl - 9
Pretty close! 

So what do you predict baby Hill will be? Boy or Girl? 


  1. Oh mercy these tales. Haha!! I was carrying like a girl according to these, had a boy. Some of these are new to me. I think we have what the LORD gives us. Even though I wanted a girl both times we had boys. HE knew best.

    Charlotte Moore

  2. I always go with the morning sickness theory. If you're sick, odds are its a girl, not so sick? a boy.. it works for the most part.

  3. How did I miss that you were pregnant?? Congratulations!!!

  4. Most of the wives tales pointed to girl for us and we got sweet little Will instead :) I am excited to hear what you are having!

  5. I've never heard of some of those! I'm going to put my two cents in for a boy!

  6. Old wives tales are exactly that...tales. I was so super sick with both boys throughout and not at all with Ali. But she did steal my beauty.... ;) I'm still going to guess girl for you guys. :)