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Question 1 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says if you crave sour foods in your first trimester, you’re going to have a girl.

1. True
2. False

The old wives’ tale says, that craving sweet foods early on means you’re having a girl, and sour cravings mean you’re having a boy.

What we know today: Either way, this old wives’ tale is completely false. Cravings, including the famous pickles and ice cream one are likely linked to the changing hormones in your body during pregnancy. Different hormones stimulate different cravings, so you can go from craving potato chips to craving donuts at the drop of a hat.

Question 2 of 10.

The old wives’ tales says, if you take off your wedding ring and hang it above your belly from a string, it can predict the gender of your baby by the way it swings.

1. True
2. False

This old wives’ tale says that, if your ring makes circular motions, you’re pregnant with a boy. Side-to-side movement means you’re having a girl.

What we know today: This old wives’ tale is also untrue. The way the ring swings is going to have everything to do with how you’re holding the string, if your hand is steady, and even if your heart is beating fast, and nothing to do with the gender of your baby.

Question 3 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, if you have a lot of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born bald.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, that if you have a lot of heartburn during pregnancy your baby will have a lot of hair.

What we know today: You may have a lot of heartburn during pregnancy and your baby may be born with a lot of hair, but there’s no connection between the heartburn and the hair. Whether or not your baby has a lot of hair is mostly up to genetics, and whether you have a lot of heartburn can vary from day to day and even pregnancy to pregnancy.

Question 4 of 10.

The old wives’ tales says, if your baby’s heartbeat at early ultrasounds is under 140 beats per minute, you’re having a boy.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, that under 140 beats per minute means a boy, and over 140 beats per minute means you’re having a girl.

What we know today: Normal fetal heart rates are anywhere between 120 and 160 beats per minute. Though you may hear a heart rate under 140 beats per minute and have a boy, chances are just as good you hear the same heart rate and have a girl. There’s no connection!

Question 5 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, if your feet are cold, you’re pregnant with a girl.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, that cold feet during pregnancy means you’re having a boy, and feet that feel just as warm as when you’re not pregnant means you’re having a girl.

What we know today: The more likely culprit of cold feet during pregnancy is changing circulation due to increased blood flow and hormonal changes. Your body is undergoing some major changes, and there’s a good chance that circulation to your extremities changes, too. If you’re having major tingling or burning in your hands and feet, or they fall asleep much more often than normal, you might want to discuss it with your doctor.

Question 6 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, raising your hands above your head when pregnant could harm your baby.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, that raising your arms stretches everything upward, which puts strain on the umbilical cord.

What we know todayThis is not true. There’s nothing to say that during a healthy, normally progressing pregnancy, you can’t raise your arms above your head to reach something from a shelf or stretch. It can cause muscle strain, though, as your muscles and ligaments are loosening to accommodate your growing baby.

 

 

Question 7 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, if you dream of having a baby of one sex, you’re actually pregnant with a baby of the opposite sex.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, that dreaming of having a baby of one gender should actually be interpreted the opposite way.

What we know today: Though this one could be true for some women, you have a 50/50 chance of being right depending on what gender baby you dream of. And some women don’t have dreams of babies at all!

Question 8 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, if your partner packs on a few extra pounds during your pregnancy, you’re having a boy.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale actually says, that extra pounds for your partner means you’re in for a sugar-and-spice baby girl.

What we know todayWhile your partner may gain some sympathy weight (or could it be all those late-night cravings indulgences that your partner just can’t help but join in on?), someone else’s weight gain is no indication of the gender of the baby you’re carrying.

Question 9 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, morning sickness during your first trimester means you’re having a boy.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says that, first-trimester sickness as an indication of having a girl as your baby’s gender.

What we know todayMorning sickness or even afternoon, evening, or all-day sickness, has more to do with your body’s reaction to the swirling hormones and less to do with your baby’s gender. Some women have no sickness at all (lucky!) while others are sick right up until delivery.

Question 10 of 10.

The old wives’ tale says, if someone drops a key and you pick it up by the round part, you’re having a boy.

1. True
2. False

The old wives' tale says, if you pick up the key by the round part, it’s a boy; if you pick it up by the narrow part, you’re having a girl.

What we know today: Again, this is more a matter of chance than actual gender prediction. You pretty much have a 50/50 chance of picking up the key one way or the other, regardless of your baby’s gender.

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