Reliable Predictors on the side of a BOY:
- According to
view of the role of the timing of conception and ovulation, we're
having a boy.
- My hair (head,
arm, leg) seems to be growing faster than before, so supposedly
that means I'm having a boy.
- I'm carrying
relatively low, so it's a boy.
- The new,
much-discussed study on breakfast-eating and nutrition should
indicate that we're having a boy.
- People keep telling
me I'm glowing and look wonderful, so
it's a boy.
- My linea
nigra (dark line on my stomach) goes all the way up to my breastbone,
rather than stopping at my navel, which means it's a boy.
Crazy "Predictors" on the side of a BOY:
- Robert's not
gaining weight along with me, so one
tradition holds that therefore we're having a boy.
the sum of the mother's age at conception and the number of the month
of conception is even, it will be a boy."
- When I reach
for a mug, I
hold it by the handle, which means I'm having a boy.
Reliable Predictors in the side of a GIRL:
on the baby's heartrate of 145 at about 12 weeks, we're having
acne: I have it. Supposedly it's a girl.
- The baby is not
that active, though I can feel him/her, so theoretically
that means we're having a girl.
- My feet are not
colder than before I got pregnant (if anything, I'm overall much warmer,
including my feet), so that
should indicate we're having a girl.
- I've gained weight
in my hips/rear as well as my stomach, so
therefore it's a girl.
- My "chest
development has been quite dramatic during pregnancy," so
therefore it's a girl.
- I haven't really
had any/many headaches, so
it's a girl.
Crazy "Predictors" on the side of a GIRL:
- My pillow
points south, so it's a girl.
- My mother's hair
isn't grey (yes, they
allow dyed hair to count here, bizarrely), so it's a girl.
- My nose hasn't
changed shape, which
means I must be having a girl.
- If someone asks
me to hold out my hands, I hold them out palm up, which clearly
means I'm having a girl.
that seem to be able to be interpreted EITHER WAY:
Gender Predictors," based on my lunar age and the calendar
month of conception, predict a boy. However, another "Chinese
Gender Predictor," based on my lunar age and the lunar month
of conception, predicts a girl.
- Ah, yes,
the wedding ring/needle test (possibly the most scientific here):
on a first try it predicted a boy (it moved in circles). Strangely,
a second try predicted a girl. . .
well, I don't particularly crave anything (either sweet or salty/sour)
more than anything else, or at least not more than I did before I
was pregnant, which means this one's split 50-50.
- Morning sickness,
to one old wives' tale, predicts a boy for me, because I didn't
have a lot of morning sickness in my first trimester. Another
view holds that I'm having a girl, by the same logic.
- Individual people's
predictions also appear to be split. Robert's grandmother thinks "it
looks like" I'm having a boy. As the weeks have gone by, she's
been absolutely certain of it. On the other hand, Aunt Mary is convinced
I'm having "a curly-haired girl." Then, as far as strangers
go, there's the old man on the street who insisted that it's a boy
and the clerk in Staples in Downtown Crossing, at the beginning of
May, when she asked and found out that we weren't finding out the
sex before the birth, unpromptedly volunteered that she's certain
it's a girl. "You'll be back in here in six months with your
baby girl!" she said. We'll see.