If you're in your 17th week of pregnancy and can't wait another minute for that ultrasound to reveal the child's sex, these tips, taken from a few trusty old wives tales, can potentially provide answers.
- TIP: Getting an ultrasound is also good for determining the child's health. If you experience abnormal feelings, contact your physician and they may recommend an earlier ultrasound.
- Step 1: Wait to meet your child. This is the only absolutely fool-proof way of determining its sex. However, once you lay your eyes on that child for the first time, its sex won't matter much at all.
- FACT: The average age of new mothers has been increasing since the 1970s. The average age in 1970 was 21 and in 2005 it was 25.2. However, in 2006, it dropped just a bit to 25.
- Step 2: Get an ultrasound in the 20th week of your pregnancy if these other methods seem a little kooky to you. An ultrasound is the only scientific way to determine a fetus's sex. However, even ultrasounds aren't 100 percent accurate.
- Step 3: Check the shape and fullness of your face, as well as your skin condition. An old tale says if your face is round, then a girl it will be. And, if you're noticing a little acne, it's still a girl.
- Step 4: Take note of your cravings and what food you eat when you are pregnant. Another old-wives tale says if you are gobbling up the sweets, it must be a girl. However, if sour is your weakness during pregnancy, a boy is in your future.
- TIP: When you're pregnant your food choices are your child's source of nourishment, so be careful to eat balanced meals full of vitamins.
- Step 5: Try dangling a string with your wedding ring tied to one end over the your belly. According to legend, if the ring swings from side to side, you've got a baby girl on the way. However, if the ring moves in circles, get ready for a bundle of boy.
- Step 6: Check your belly. One of the most popular old-wives tales says that if you are carrying the child low, it's a boy. If you are carrying the child high, it's a girl. Scientists say the way you carry has to do with muscle, the position of the baby, and uterine tone--not its sex.