Heredity and Genetics

What superstitions do people follow to predict a baby's sex?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. There are plenty of superstitions to help tell whether a pregnant woman is going to have a boy or girl. The most common one revolves around how she "carries" her baby. Friends, family and the expectant mother spend lots of time inspecting the shape of the mother's growing belly.

    Myth says that if a baby is a boy, the mother carries it low, and if it's a girl, it's high. "Carrying high" means the baby bump is closer to the mother's breasts; "carrying low" means the bump is nearer to her pelvis. The way a woman carries her baby actually depends on her muscles and body type; the looser the abdominal muscles, the lower the bump. As for the myth's accuracy, it's about as good as can be expected - - 50 percent.

    Here are some other popular sex-predicting myths:

    • Suspend a gold ring over a pregnant belly. If it swings to the sides, it's a boy; if it swings in a circle, it's a girl [source: WebMD].

    • If the baby's heart rate in utero is more than 140 beats per minute, it's a girl. If it's less than that, it's a boy [source: KidsHealth].

    • Mix Drano with a pregnant woman's urine (not in a glass she drinks from, of course). If the mixture turns green, brown, black or blue, she's having a boy. If it becomes red or yellow, or if it stays the same, it's a girl [source: LTK].

    • Here's one husbands should use caution when testing: If a woman gets more attractive when she's pregnant, she's having a boy; a woman who loses her looks is going to have a girl, supposedly because the girl is taking her mom's beauty (and later, borrowing her makeup and shoes) [source: WebMD].

    • If the father gets fatter during the mother's pregnancy, it means they're having a girl [source: IntelliGender]. He also just may join her when she eats for two.

    • Pregnant women with no morning sickness in the first trimester are having boys [source: IntelliGender].

    • When the dark line that runs up the center of a pregnant woman's stomach (linea nigra) ends at the belly button, the woman is having a girl. If the line goes all the way to the rib cage, she's having a boy [source: WebMD].

    • When a pregnant woman's left breast is bigger than her right one, she's supposedly having a girl [source: IntelliGender].

    These superstitions are fun, especially at baby showers and family get-togethers. But it's probably best to shop for blue or pink curtains only after an ultrasound or amniocentesis at the doctor's office.

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