Hereâ€™s a just for fun post. With both of our kiddos, we didnâ€™t find out whether we were having a boy or a girl until birth (here are all the reasons why!). But I thought it would be fun to look back on my pregnancies with Henry and Claire and see if there was any validity to those Old Wives Tales about whether itâ€™d be a girl or boy.
The Chinese Gender Predictor said that Henry would be a boy and that Claire would be a boy, too. So â€“ it was right 50% of the time. Hah.
I thought I carried high with Henry, but in comparison to my second pregnancy, Henry was lower, which indicates boy. I was pretty high with Claire, indicating a girl. Most strangers who assessed my bellies thought that Henry would be a boy and Claire would be a girl!
I never broke out with Henry or Claire. I do think I looked â€œglowierâ€ with Claire, though.
Henryâ€™s heart rate was usually over 140 BPM (which meant girl), and Claireâ€™s was usually under 140 BPM (which meant boy). So â€“ this tale was opposite for me! Henry was much more active in utero than Claire, so maybe that had something to do with the high and low heart rates.
I craved sweet with Henry, which meant girl, and salty foods (GIMME ALL THE FRENCH FRIES) with Claire. Again â€“ opposite!
I ended up with a long linea nigra (this dark line that appears on your tummy towards the end of pregnancy) with both. So â€“ there was no truth to this tale for me.
I only had a few days of morning sickness with Henry and weeks of it with Claire. I never actually puked with Henry and puked a TON with Claire. So â€“ this tale was true!
What about my â€œgut instinct?â€ Well, I didnâ€™t have a strong gut instinct with either kid, but if pressed, I wouldâ€™ve said Henry was a girl (wrong) and Claire was a boy â€“ no, a girl â€“ no, a boy (wrong again). I know many moms who say that they â€œKNEW!â€ but I never felt really strongly either time.
Were the Old Wives Tales true for you?