Want to know if you're having a baby boy or girl?
We all know that there's no 100% verified way of knowing the sex of your baby without a blood test or ultrasound. But sometimes waiting until those tests are available - usually 20 weeks for an ultrasound, and around 10 for a blood test - can be tough.
If you really just can't wait to find out, here's a few unscientific, yet totally fun and harmless ways that people have been determining the sex of their baby for hundreds of years. Sometimes called Old Wive's Tales, they make great baby shower games - just don't get too alarmed if they consistently give you different answers!
Totally unscientific ways to predict your baby's sex
Signs you could be carrying a boy
- Carrying low
- Beautiful, glowing skin? Say hi to a bouncing baby boy
- Little to no morning sickness
- A 'basketball bump' sticking right out in front of you
- You're craving salty foods
- A slower heart rate (below 140 BPM)
- Your linea nigra (that dark line running from your pubic bone up your belly) runs past your belly button
Signs you could be carrying a girl
- Carrying high
- Baby bump spread out across your waistline
- Lots of morning sickness, or morning sickness lasting past the first trimester
- Breaking out, or more acne-prone
- Your snacks veer towards the sweet
- A faster heart rate (above 140 BPM)
- Your linea nigra (that dark line running from your pubic bone up your belly) stops at your belly button
Reveals that take a little work...
- Try a Chinese Gender Predictor chart! It uses your age and the month you conceived to predict your baby's sex
- Pee in a cup, and add baking soda. If it stays calm, it's a girl; if it starts to fizz, it's a boy
- Boil some red cabbage, and save the water. Mix it with your urine; if it turns pink, it's a girl, if it's purple, it's a boy
- Tie a ring on a piece of string, and hold it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, it's a girl, if it swings back and forth, it's a boy
Like most soon-to-be birthers, we're guessing you might get a mix of results! Don't read too much into these 'tests', but definitely have a little fun. While they can't complete with a scientific test for accuracy, they're especially fun for parents who choose to keep the sex of the baby a surprise until the birth.
Did you try baby predictor tests before having your little one? Were they accurate for you? Let us know in the comments or over on our Instagram