Now the Christmas craziness is over with I thought I would share with you the gender of impending arrival. However before I do I thought I would compare the outcome of some of the old wives tales often used to predict gender which I considered prior to our scan.

Gender PredictorsFact Or FictionWe Test them out

  • Heartbeat – You may remember that I made reference to Pips heart beat being 145/150 beats per minute in my 16 week check up with the midwife. Anything over 140 would generally indicate a Girl.
  • Food Cravings – Generally craving sweet things would indicate a girl over savoury indicating a boy. Now I’ve struggled with food so this isn’t the best indicator for me, plus I have a sweet tooth anyway. However in the first trimester I definitely had a sweet bias towards chocolate, sugar and randomly Bakewell tarts. I have also fancied cheese, carbs and Caprese salad, so where does that leave me? Girl
  • Chinese Birth Chart – is often consulted as the oracle it considers the mothers age and the month of conception to determine if you are expecting a boy or a girl. If you want to try it out for yourself the Baby Centre has one here. My result came out as Boy.
  • Skin – if its not behaving itself and you are getting more spots than usual you are thought to be carrying a girl. The theory behind this is that a baby girls steals her mothers beauty. Bearing in mind that early pregnancy is one huge normal imbalance I am not sure how much emphasis you can place on this, as I definitely had more than usual, but not a breakout, so I would say a Boy.
  • Wedding Ring – place your wedding ring on a chain and dangle it over your pregnant belly, if it swings round and round then you have a girl, back and forth is a boy. Mine went in circles so a Girl.
  • Morning Sickness – if you have little or no sickness then as the old wives tale goes then you are expecting a boy. If you do have sickness and it continues then likely to be a girl. I had no morning sickness with Monkey, this time round I suffered late morning and late afternoon initially. The queasiness didn’t go until around 16 weeks. Girl.
  • Extra Weight – if your weight gain is on your belly then its a boy, if you put on weight round your bottom and thighs its a girl. Now I have had a very definite bump upfront but I am still (at 22 weeks) 2 kilos lighter than when I conceived. It also looks more of a basketball shape (boy) than a watermelon shape (girl) so I think that equals Boy.
  • Feet Colder – if your feet are colder than before pregnancy then you are carrying a boy. Being on herpin I am generally colder anyway, plus its winter so I am in my slippers anyway. I think this is a hard one to call but lets go Boy.
  • Baby’s Nub – looking at the 12 week scan if you can get a clearer enough photo to see the nub between babies legs this can help in determining gender. If the nub points upwards by more than 30 degrees its a boy. Now try as I might I could not see or tell! But there are lots of pictures on google which claim to show it clearly. For me this didn’t work at all.
  • Wonky Breasts – now if you have breast fed then the chances are you are no longer even anyway! However the test goes that if you right breast is bigger than the left then you are having a boy, if its the other way round then its a girl. Girl.
  • Movement – a chilled out baby is more likely to predict a girl over a boy, as some say boys move more. Monkey lived up to this kicking all over the place at the 12 week scan, whereas Pip was very lazy and hardly moved. Girl.
  • Hairy Legs – if you are carrying a girl then the hair on your legs grows less or the same as before. If it is a boy it grows quicker. Obviously subjective testing here, however I am not needing to shave as often so Girl.

Outcome: Girls 7, Boys 4, one undecided, but what was the result of our 20 week scan?


This is all a bit of fun, ultimately my concerns are all about making sure Pip is healthy and we get through the next 18 weeks and I carry full term. However I am enjoying knowing this time round especially with the Christmas sales on. Monkey is also very happy as he has a preference for a baby brother over a baby sister. I’m off to try and find big brother, little brother t-shirts and to consider name options.


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  1. Congratulations! I’m 21 weeks and am having baby boy number 2. Lamb said baby was a boy all along! The chinese gender prediction chart was correct for both of mine xx

  2. Most predictions were wrong for me, I’ve had 3 boys and had quite different pregnancies my morning sickness has got worse with each baby so I know that facts a big fat lie! Congratulations though, I love being a mum of boys and when I want a girlie fix I have my gorgeous niece.

  3. Mummy's Blog Reply

    Aww congrats! I remember trying the wedding ring one with my daughter and it was right. I didn’t even think to do it this time around, but I know I’m having a boy too, so it’s a bit late to test! x

  4. Aww congratulations on your impending little boy! Saw that Chinese chart for the first time the other day. It said both boys for mine. I have two girls. I do think there is something in the sickness one, but that actually makes some sense due to differences in hormones. All the rest I think are just myths, but fun to try! #anythinggoes

  5. naturemumwales Reply

    Congratulations!! I have one of each and with my son I had no morning sickness so everyone said boy. With my daughter I was really ill and everyone said girl. Their predictions where right haha. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy such a magical time even though it’s exhausting. #anythinggoes

  6. Congratulations! I hadn’t heard of most of these predictor tests – I love stuff like that though. They couldn’t tell from my scan so I had to keep everything pretty neutral until my daughter actually arrived! 🙂 #anythinggoes

  7. See I’ve always thought heartbeats under 155 are boys so as soon as I saw your heart rate I knew it was a boy. I’ve never been wrong with that method. I think it is 155 and under is a boy and over 155 is a girl.
    Congratulations though it is lovely news and something to cheer seat the January blues 🙂 thanks for linking up #MaternityMondays

  8. Congratulations. I love the idea of testing out all the method x

  9. Congratulations…it seems that those wives tales are just a load of nonsense. I heard so many when I was pregnant. Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well, look forward to finding out little man’s name once he’s here xx #anythinggoes

  10. I still have my girly bump spots 8 months on. Didn’t have any with my boy bump. Also got back boobs with my girl bump. Completely agree with the cravings too. My boy bump was all about the lamb shanks and girly bump was all fruit. Good luck for the rest of the pregnancy x

  11. Angela Milnes Reply

    I’m super happy for you. How exciting and at least two boys will match the blue outline on your blog…. he he he

  12. congratulations! The only one I believe is the shape of the bump – I can tell most times from that I swear!!

  13. Awwww!! Those predictions were interesting! I’ve only heard of like two or three of them! Congrats!! Good luck on figuring out a name now! 🙂 #AnythingGoes


  14. Really good read – so fun to compare all these old wives tales when you actually know what your having! I must try some of these out myself! Congrats on boy as well!

  15. Congratulations! What a fun thing to test – I was convinced my baby was going to be a boy for most of my pregnancy then suddenly lost that gut feeling towards the end. Correctly, as she wasn’t 🙂

  16. Congratulations Clare! Boys are so much easier than girls. Take it from a mother of two girls 11 months apart who are two COMPLETELY different personalities. With all 3 of my pregnancies I went to the 4D ultrasound at 15 weeks to find out what I was having. I just couldn’t wait. What an exciting year in store for you and I hope that you and baby boy #2 are healthy as can be! ?Trista #lovelythings

  17. Oh a little boy how exciting 🙂 I had two very different pregnancies with my son and daughter went off chocolate for about 4 months with my son – not with my daughter and craved apples like a crazy person with my daughter and was much sicker. Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings and congrats xx

  18. Congratulations pet!! I LOVE being a mama of boys 🙂 All these weird ways of predicting a baby are so funny aren’t they?! Ultimately the only 100% foolproof way of knowing for sure, is when they arrive. A friend of mine was told she was having a girl at her 20 week scan. Decorated the nursery in pink, bought lots of girly clothes, then was blown away — when the baby was born — to be congratulated on the birth of her son!! 🙂 xx #TheList

  19. Congratulations! This is a cool post and a great way of exploring those old wives’ tales. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy x #thelist

  20. moderatemum Reply

    Congrats! I can’t believe the wedding ring one didn’t work, I thought that one was foolproof :)#anythinggoes

  21. thesingleswan Reply

    OMG, some of these are bonkers! I think there is something about the shape of the bump (there certainly was for me), and also about morning sickness (I had a boy and didn’t really have any. #fartglitter

  22. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows Reply

    Eek! Aw, congrats again. I never thought I’d put any faith in these. I was convinced I was having a girl but then dreamt it was a boy and changed my mind. My dream was right 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter

  23. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) Reply

    That’s really interesting. I am so glad things are progressing well. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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