Are all these old wives’ tales really true?
Well, it depends on who you ask, and if that who happens to be my mom (more on that shortly). We’ve all heard them, haven’t we? The pregnancy wives’ tales for gender which everyone wants to share with you as soon as they know you’re expecting. As a result, maybe you’ve Googled your fingers to the bone researching them.
What wives’ tales do you have to share? I’ve heard them all and can say that NO one tale is consistently true! However, you can’t make your grandmother believe it. So, let’s address a few of the old wives’ tales patients asked me about the most!
The Chinese Birth Chart
Nope, not even this.
The Chinese are responsible for some really delicious egg rolls, but I’m afraid their birth chart is not 100% accurate. What I do believe, however, is that I could probably eat fried rice every day of my life.
The Ring or Needle Test
Apparently, this one can determine gender and number of kids you will have . . .
FALSE, but it is still fun to play. If you’re not familiar, you string a piece of thread through the eye of a needle or your wedding ring. Hang it over your belly, holding it by the string end. If the ring or needle moves back and forth in a line, you are carrying a boy. A circular motion means your baby is a girl. The number of different patterns of movement is supposed to define the number of kids you’ll have. Mine was wrong and right. It determined I would have two kids, the first a boy and second a girl. I had two girls.
So, I wonder. How is a destiny of seven daughters determined? Does the needle just make an infinite circle pattern for seven minutes? Hmm . . .
The Drano Test
FALSE! I have no idea where this originated, and I can’t even recall what means boy or girl. I do seem to recall that this clog-clearing liquid was supposed to change color for one sex and stay the same for the other. What I do know is this–you shouldn’t try it! This stuff should not come in contact with your skin and can also cause some caustic fumes which could be harmful to you and your baby.
Heartburn Determines Hair
FALSE! Lots of patients with heartburn have bald babies and vice versa. Women often begin to feel the effects of some serious heartburn later in the 3rd Trimester. This is typically because your uterus is growing up as well as out! This puts pressure on your poor stomach, so it has much less space than normal. You feel full sooner when eating, and that pressure causes our much-dreaded indigestion. I remember all too well that Tums turned into a staple of my daily diet with both my girls. Unfortunately, the egg rolls didn’t work.
With ultrasound, hair can be easily seen at the nape of your baby’s neck as long as there is a good pocket of fluid there. If so, it’s pretty funny to watch it float when pushing on Mom’s belly, especially if it is long and thick! Ask your sonographer if your baby’s head is in a good position to see if your baby will have a wig full of hair at birth!
How You “Carry” Signifies Boy or Girl
TRIPLE FALSE! The most noteworthy of them all, I’ve encountered this one most often. I don’t know whoever decided to link these two things together, but they could not be more unrelated. How you carry has more to do with your stature, torso length, belly size, and whether you’ve done this before. The more pregnancies you carry, the weaker the muscle tone becomes. Of course, everyone is different, but Baby may feel a little lower with each pregnancy. And last time I checked, the lucky little swimmer who made it to your egg first still has final say!
Placental Location Can Determine Baby’s Sex
Hmm, this is something patients started asking me within the past couple of years–the Ramzi Theory, named after the guy behind the theory. However, it’s been disproven. Furthermore, the placenta can implant anywhere in the uterus. The most common position is posterior, or along the back side of the uterus.
But what about the placenta on the front side of the uterus (anterior)? Or along the top (fundal)? What about the complete previa (covering the cervix and bottom of the uterus)? And there are all sorts of variations of placental location in between–meaning they can be a combo of two or more locations. My advice is not to rely on this one!
The Nub Theory
While this one is not so much a wives’ tale, it has been getting lots of hype lately, so I’ll address it. Basically, at about 12 Weeks, external genitalia either sticks up, if a boy, or out, if a girl. The angles and skill of the sonographer as well as Baby’s position all factor into this appearance and guess. You can read more about the Nub Theory here.
At the end of the day, this theory is only about 73% accurate. Personally, I wouldn’t paint a nursery based on 70ish percent…but that’s just me.
A Local Favorite Pregnancy Myth
My mother always swore by this one, and her deep Sicilian roots tell her it’s true. Her little old Sicilian friend down the street, Mrs. Camilla, predicted every one of her children’s and grandchildren’s sexes…by the moon. Mom doesn’t know a thing about her methods, just that she got it right every time. There’s simply no arguing with a sixth sense, right? Or a Sicilian mother. Take my word for it. Don’t waste your breath. Don’t even try.
Right, wrong, or indifferent . . . share your own experiences with pregnancy wives’ tales and funny stories here! I’d love to read about them and, so would other moms. Just email me here!
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