Blue or Pink: What Do You Think?

How many of you, while pregnant or while pampering the hell out of your pregnant partner, engaged in speculation about the gender of the baby?

It’s become an ongoing gag around here; Bryan is firmly planted on the side of a girl, Tony swings back and forth (he likes to idea of a girl, but would LOVE a little brother), and Jack just wants us to know that regardless of the genitalia that put it there, he is NOT doing diaper duty.

Because it’s been an interesting discussion, prompting some faux-heated conversations, I thought I’d fill you in on the old wives’ tales regarding gender, and where I fall in those parameters.

Your body gives you cues. Traditionally, it’s said A Girl Steals Her Mother’s Beauty (and also Causes Acne), Dry Hands Mean a Boy is Coming, a Larger Left Breast Forecasts a Daughter, and Dark Nipples Indicate a Son. Um, all of this seems very weird to me. Without going into too much detail about my breasts, those definitely point to a girl. I always have dry hands – I actually have a condition called dyshidrosis regarding it – so I don’t know if that’s a firm yes in the boy column or not. Basically, my body says MAN, I HATE BEING PREGNANT.

Craving will determine the gender. According to old wives’ tales, the food you crave will indicate what gender the baby is. Sweets = girl; sour = boy. This was proven true last go-round: I ate fried pickles for almost all of the end of my pregnancy with Tony. And I’ve not particularly wanted sweets this go-round, either. In fact, my cravings stay firmly planted in the salty/sour range. (But I’ve also heard this is an indication as to the temperament of the baby as well.) So this tale says BOY.

What color is your urine when mixed with Drano? I’m embarrassed anyone ever went for this. I most certainly did not. While I’m not above examining my urine (as the brilliant Metalia said recently, you reach a point in pregnancy where you can define using the toilet as a hobby), wouldn’t you think that they would do this in a doctor’s office if there was any truth to it? Instead of another ultrasound (that they’ll bill your insurance $4156K for), why not just throw some Drano in there? BECAUSE THIS IS STUPID.

How you carry your baby indicates baby boy or baby girl. Um, okay. I don’t know about this. Traditionally, low = boy and high = girl, but Tony was pretty square in the middle (until he dropped before labor, obviously). Also, they say you carry a boy in front but you expand horizontally with a girl. Thanks for the wonderful options there. With this baby, the bump feels higher than last time, but I don’t put much faith in this one, either. If we follow tradition, though, this says GIRL.

Heart rate can be an indicator for gender. While researching this, I was shocked to learn that it IS actually medical fact that girls have a higher heart rate during labor. Isn’t that weird? Anyway, there’s no such factual basis on the heart rate while you’re carrying. However, the tale is that a heart rate above 145 is generally a girl, while boys tend to maintain a lower heartrate. I can’t remember what Tony carried, but this baby is usually in the 160 range, which .. um .. sounds scarily high, right? While I research infant blood pressure meds, we’ll put this one squarely in the GIRL category.

The Daddy’s Sympathy Weight Gain tells you gender.I don’t want to really tackle this one, but traditionally, this tale says that an expectant father putting on some sympathy weight indicates a girl. So, um, well. Let’s just say that Bryan will be tickled PINK that I don’t answer this question.

Are there any old wives’ tales that I missed here? Because right now: this list seems to proclaim that Bryan gets to wave a big ole IN YOUR FACE right in my .. face .. on January 16th when they add some Drano to my urine perform the revealing ultrasound.

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13 Responses to Blue or Pink: What Do You Think?

  1. Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Um, you’re going to tell us, aren’t you?!?!

  2. Lisa January 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    OK, I can’t drive a mouse and submitted my comment too soon.

    I had a dream that I had a girl and woke up sure that I was carrying a Girl Child. Everyone else thought boy. I was right, and based on that anecdotal evidence with the extremely small sample size of…myself…I am *convinced* that mamas have an intuition about these kinds of things.

    • Sarah Lena January 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      With Tony, I was POSITIVE it was a girl. We had three different girl names picked out and not a single boy name. OF COURSE. My family heavily has girls and also I don’t know how genetics work.

      And OF COURSE I’m going to tell y’all. I’m sure that’s when all the free preggo blogger promo swag will come just POURING in!

  3. Melissa January 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    I’m going with boy. Some of the old wives tales have been spot on for me, but some not so much. There have been no significant changes to my boobs other than size (HOLY COW). In the beginning I was pretty nauseous (girl), but never got sick… and I was completely turned off by meat (girl). I also preferred sweets (girl) though mid-pregnancy did have a short fetish with pickles. The “hanging a ring from a string” test pointed to a girl, as did baby’s heart tones which have ALWAYS been higher than 150 (and were 166 and 160 at my last two appointments).

    But I am most definitely having a boy. (We’ve even seen his goods in 4D.) I am ALL baby… all out front. I seriously look like I have a basketball under my shirt. And this boy is looooowwwww. I know baby has dropped “some” because I can no longer stand at the kitchen sink and my belly fit over the edge, but doc said at my last appointment he still had some dropping to do. Dude. If he drops anymore, he’s going to fall out! (Oh, I could be so lucky.)

    Anyways.. boy for me any day now (HOPEFULLY) though he’s not actually due until the 17th. And I’m thinking a boy for you, too!! Can’t wait to find out!!!

  4. Nanette January 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I did a similar comparison a few months ago. There are a few different wives tales there, if you want to check them out:

    And for some reason I’m thinking GIRL for you. 🙂
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  5. Jessica January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    So, let me tell you about my experience!

    Jacob stole my beauty and gave me the WORST acne ever. So not true for me!

    I had no desire to eat any chocolate when I was pregnant for Elise. Which is very unusual as I have more than 3 types of candy around on any given day when I am not pregnant.

    I am little, so the only place babies can go on me is OUT, but I carried low with both Elise and Jacob. Although I did have one lady tell me that since I looked pregnant from the back, I was probably having a girl. In retrospect, this sounds awful, but she was a friend and I was not offended.

    Both Jacob and Elise had high heart rates, as well.

    And Chris totally gained weight with Elise. Just don’t tell him that. 🙂

    However, he guessed Jacob was a boy and I guessed Elise was a girl, so I recommend to go with your gut on this one.

  6. Katie January 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    My Erin fit the higher heart rate for the girl prediction. To be truthful…I can’t remember if we did any others except something about swinging maybe your wedding ring (??) on a string over your belly?? If it swings one way it means a boy, another a girl. We didn’t find out gender for either of our pregnancies. But everyone we knew had two boys or two girls. So we just kind of assumed we’d have a second boy too. We we happily shocked when Miss Erin arrived!! Especially since we still had her name from when her brother was born but had not quite settled on a boy’s name the second time around.

  7. Aunt Patty January 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    There doesn’t seem to be any clear indicator yet. I had two boys and two girls. With the boys I had violent morning sickness, and with the girls I just had nausea. Based on the heart rate info you gave us, I think it’s a girl. Are you going to share with us on the 16th???

  8. jen January 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Based off the old wives’ tales my sisters-in-law and best friend keep sharing with me, I’ve got a 50% chance of having a girl. 😉 We’re not finding out and to be honest, haven’t speculated or really given it much thought at this point. Everyone keeps asking me what I “think” I’m having and I just say “a baby” because I honestly don’t have a feeling one way or another. 🙂

    I’m excited when people find out though – my best friend finds out on Friday and I’m dying! She said I’m being very mean to keep her hanging until June.
    jen wants you to read ..2013 Resolutions

  9. Aunt Gee January 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    I’m with Bryan on this one, I think it’s a girl.

  10. Bryan January 2, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    I be getting fat!

  11. Melissa January 3, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    If the heart rate myth were true, I’d have 3 princesses right now instead of Casa de Balls. 😉 And my left breast has always been just a little bit larger than the right, so… no prediction help there during pregnancy, and definitely no daughters in the outcome, heh. I really do think the mother’s intuition is most likely to be the one thing that has a better chance of being right.

    Either way, I’m SO excited for you!! xo
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  12. Snidely January 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    My girl had a much higher heart rate too. Often around 160. Lefty is bigger this time…Definitely had bad skin the whole time (well towards the end it was good). I also noticed I gained weight differently with my girl. it was in more…girl places. So basically my ass and boobs. LOL! With my boy it was in my thighs. And the nausea…oh….the nausea…

    I always felt pretty sure I was having a girl just because I felt like an emotional hormonal train wreck. Do you feel like a raving crazy person? if so, GIRL! LOL!

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