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Baby’s Gender and Old Wives Tales February 23, 2011

Filed under: Motherhood,Uncategorized — ForeignMom @ 3:16 am
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Few things are part of every culture like superstitions. They began centuries ago when our ancestors tried to explain mysterious circumstances or events as best as they could with the knowledge they had. They are beliefs or practices that people cling to even after new knowledge or facts prove that these silly beliefs are untrue.

When it comes to pregnancy and finding out the gender of the baby, there are lots and lots and LOTS of superstitions. People have gotten so creative these days that when doing a simple Internet search you even run into websites (like http://www.fortunebaby.com/) that claim that after you give them some personal information and pay them a little money, they’ll give you an “accurate” answer -I want to know WHO IN HER SANE MIND pays for that?
Just for fun, I decided to try some of the superstitions I found online and all the others that I’ve heard before. I don’t know if I believe ANY of them but my husband and I sure had fun going through the list. The answers left us the same way we started: with no real hunch. I guess we’ll just have to wait another 8 days for the famous ultrasound.
For your entertainment, here are the tests and the results:
  • Chinese Birth Chart: supposedly very accurate. Takes into account your age at the time of birth and month of conception. Well, that is at least in one website. Other sites say that is the mother’s age at the time of conception. Either way, according to this, I’m having a boy.
  • How you carry it: If you’re carrying it high it’s a girl if low it’s a boy. In this case I’m having a girl.
  • The dangling ring: For this test a person must attach a ring to a necklace and dangle it over the mom-to-be’s belly while she is lying down. If the ring moves in a circle, she is having a girl. If the ring moves back and forth, then she is having a boy. Another vote for blue.
  • How you gain weight: In Mexico they say that if you gain weight all around and people can tell you are pregnant even when they see you from the back, then you are having a girl. If you only have a belly, then it’s a boy. In this case, I’m having a boy.
  • Mayan math: Mayans take the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception and add them together. If the result is a even number then mom is having a girl. If the result is an odd number then a boy is on the way. My math tells me that we’ll welcome a boy.
  • The linea negra test: According to some French superstitions, if the linea negra goes above the belly button, then it is a girl. If not, it is a boy. Well, then again it’s a boy.
  • The whites of your eyes: Another French superstition says that if the whites of your eyes are slightly yellow, it’s a girl. If they are white, it’s a boy. By the looks of my eyes, I’m having another girl.
  • Breast size: if your right breast is bigger than your left, it’s a boy. If the left one is bigger, then it’s a girl. This was very hard to calculate but we finally decided that the vote is for pink.
  • The way you sleep: If you lie on your left side when sleeping, then it’s a boy. Well, hello! That is the recommended sleeping position. I’m not giving any votes to this one.
  • Aggressiveness: It’s a boy if you were the more aggressive partner during love-making when you conceived. How does one even know that? Do people keep track of these events? No vote for this one either.
  • Your older child has a say: It’s a boy if your previous child’s first word was “dada”. Well, in our little girl’s case, it was “baba” but she is absolutely IN LOVE with her daddy so that was expected. I’m not buying this at all, but oh well, I guess the vote is for blue.
  • How do you stand up from a sitting: According to Lebanese tradition, if a pregnant woman stands up with the help of her hands, then she’s having a girl. In which case, I’m having a girl.
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3 Responses to “Baby’s Gender and Old Wives Tales”

  1. Megan Says:

    How about the one that says if your firstborn’s godmother believes you’re having a Nadi-O, then you’re indeed having a Nadio-O… πŸ™‚

  2. love it!! and…i totally agree with the mexican “myth”. that is how i make my [very accurate] guesses!! πŸ˜€


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