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Old Wives’ Tales That Actually Don’t Predict a Baby’s Gender

We’ve all heard some old wives’ tales claiming to predict the gender of a baby, but have you ever wondered if these legends are actually true? We have the scoop on many popular old wives’ tales out there, and you might be surprised by how many are so easily debunked.

Sure, your mother or grandmother may have boasted that she’s accurately predicted just about every baby’s gender that she’s guessed before the bundle of joy was actually born. And she may have indeed picked correctly more often than not. But if she claimed to know that a mom-to-be was having a boy because of her “low bump,” guess what? That tale of all old wives’ tales about gender prediction is just that — a tale and nothing more. A low bump means nothing more than the muscle, uterine tone, and the baby’s position dictating to the woman’s belly that this is how she would be carrying her little boy or girl. Now raise your hand if you’ve ever heard this old wives’ tale from a family friend or distant relative: a faster fetal heart rate means you’re more likely to have a girl. We’re sorry to say that this one is also debunked! It’s only growth and movement that dictate the heart rate, so the only things you might really be able to pick up on is your unborn baby’s energy level and size.

Though the ladies that love to tell these old wives’ tales about gender prediction might be a little let down that their stories are really just stories, it’s a great way for you to impress just about everyone you know with the truth about guessing gender. And on top of that, it’s a lot more fun for you and everyone else to focus on the fun part — the guessing game itself!

Find out more old wives’ tales about gender prediction that aren’t actually true below.

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