For many moms to be, knowing whether you are pregnant with a boy or a girl, even in the first trimester, can be a huge deal .
The sex of the baby is genetically determined from the moment a woman conceives. But it takes 4 months before an ultrasound can actually confirm the gender.
However , there are old wives tales that claim a baby’s gender can be confirmed even right from the 1st week.
So if you are less than 4 months and very eager to know what gender your baby is , we have outlined 5 old wives tales that can help , some more reliable than the other.
Lustrous hair and skin
An old wives tales says if your skin is glowing more and free of acne, with thick and lustrous hair, you are expecting a boy. The tale further explains that this is as a result of the benefits of male testosterone. Female hormones in girls are known to cause breakouts. So no breakouts means you are having a boy.
Craving salty , Savoury Foods.
So lets say you are pregnant and find yourself craving salty and sour fppds like chips, sour yoghurt, you are likely carrying a boy child. Boys are known to prefer sour foods why girls are known to have a sweet tooth. So watch your cravings as the old wive tales claims it helps with knowing what gender you are having.
If you find yourself eating in large quantity , as many times as possible in a day, you are pregnant with a boy. The old story that mums eat more when carrying boys seems to be fact, with a US study reporting that of 244 women tested, on average those with boys on board ate 10% more than those with girls.
In the British Medical Journal, Prof Dimitrios Trichopoulos writes: “Our findings support the hypothesis that women carrying male rather than female embryos may have higher energy.
A new study has proved that maternal instinct – where the mum-to-be just has a gut feeling – is proved right more often than not, with correct guesses around 70% of the time. So what does your guts tell you about your pregnancy? Boy? Girl?
Mild Morning sickness
It has been suggested that pregnant with boy symptoms include less vomiting because higher hormone levels in girl babies cause worse morning sickness. British medical journal The Lancet, did publish one study to show that mothers with hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness) are more likely to have girls.