How to Tell if You are Having a Boy or Girl

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One of the most exciting parts of being pregnant is wondering if you are having a boy or a girl. Whether you decide to find out your baby’s gender during your pregnancy or wait til delivery day, it can be really fun to try to figure out what your baby’s sex is. Read on for some fun, interesting and unique ways to try to find out what the gender of your baby is.

1. Get The Beat

Listening for your baby’s heartbeat might give you an indication of whether you are having a boy or a girl. Some people believe that a baby heartbeat of greater than 140 beats per minute indicates that you are having a girl, and that a heartbeat of less than 140 beats per minute means you are having a boy.

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2. Listen To Your Cravings

Some people think that salty and sour cravings mean that you are having a boy. If you have a sweet tooth during your pregnancy, it means that you are having a girl.

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3. Where’s The Bump?

One of the most commonly heard rumors is that if you are carrying your baby down low, near your pubic bone, you are expecting a boy. If you are carrying high, under your breasts, it is a girl.

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4. Sick Talk

Another popular wives tale involves morning sickness. Some people believe that if you suffer from severe morning sickness, you are having a girl. Science says there might actually be some evidence to back this one up. Since the influx of hormones in pregnancy is what causes morning sickness, having a girl could cause more severe morning sickness because of an increased amount of hormones.

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5. Crazy Drain Theory

One really out there theory involves peeing into a cup of Drano drain cleaner. If the color changes to green, you are having a girl. If the color changes to blue, you are having a boy.

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6. Complexion Problems

Rumor has it that if you are breaking out a lot during your pregnancy, it’s because you are having a girl. Girls are known to “steal their mother’s beauty” during pregnancy, thus giving them acne.

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7. How’s Your Skin?

Another popular wives tale is that if you have dry skin during pregnancy, you are having a boy. However, if your skin is soft and supple, your baby is a girl.

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8. Ring String Test

Take a piece of string and tie it around your wedding ring. Then, have a friend dangle the string over your belly. If the string goes back and forth, you are having a girl. However, if the string goes in circles, your baby is a boy.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.