There are plenty of old wives tales out there about whether you’re going to have a baby boy or girl. While none of them have been proven (or are medically accurate), they’re fun to read. And you never know, they may turn out to be right!
Boy: Low heartbeatIf your baby’s heartbeat is lower than 140 beats per minute, you could be having a little boy. [Corbis]
Girl: You’re moodierFeeling grumpy and down in the dumps? It could mean you’re pregnant with a girl. [Corbis]
Boy: Sleeping on your leftDo you keep finding you wake up on your left side? It’s another sign you’re having a boy. [Corbis]
Girl: Your skin is softBeing pregnant with a girl could mean you’ve finally got that baby soft skin you’ve always wanted. [Corbis]
Boy: You’re carrying lowIf someone tells you you’re ‘carrying low’, it means your bump is lower and your baby lying closer to the pelvis – a sign that some believe suggests your baby’s a boy… [Corbis]
Girl: You’re carrying high… while carrying high could be a sign that you’re having a little girl. [Corbis]
Girl: Bad first trimester morning sicknessThis isn’t at all pleasant but might mean that you’ll soon have a mini me. [Corbis]
Boy: Glossier hairGot luxurious locks and all-round a better mane than you’ve ever had in your life? It could be a sign that you’ll have a son. [Corbis]
Girl: Thin hairHair lacking in volume? Apparently it’s an indication that you’re pregnant with a daughter. [Corbis]
Boy: Hairier legsFound yourself reaching for the razor more frequently? It could mean you need to start thinking of some baby boy's names. [Corbis]
Boy: HeadachesSome believe that suffering from more headaches during pregnancy than normal is a sign that you’re expecting a boy. [Corbis]
Girl: Carrying weight in your hips and rearSuddenly found yourself with a more pronounced derrière? And more rounded hips? It might mean you need to paint the nursery pink. [Corbis]
Boy: Your feet get coldA strange one, but having chilly feet could indicate that you’re pregnant with a son. We’re not quite sure why… [Corbis]
Girl: No pregnancy ‘glow’While everyone’s talked about that ah-mazing pregnancy glow you’re bound to experience, you still haven’t come across it. Which could signal that you’re having a baby girl. [Corbis]
Boy: You crave salty foodsHankering after cheese, crisps and really salty meats is another signal that you’re carrying a boy. [Corbis]
Girl: Crave sweet thingsIf you’re eating even more sugary treats than usual then you could have a girl. We reckon it’s a good excuse to indulge a little during your pregnancy. [Corbis]
Boy: Partner puts on weight during pregnancyThis has to be the strangest of the lot. We reckon your partner packing on the pounds just means that he’s been having one too many sweet treats – but some think it could mean a boy’s on the way.
Boy: If your diet before you got pregnant was high in calories and you were ravenous all the time.If you had a low-calorie diet and you didn’t have much of an appetite, you’re having a girl.
Girl: Holding a ring on a piece of string over your belly and it moves in a circleTie a ring you wear every day to a length of cotton thread and hold it above your bump - moving in a circle means you’re having a girl, while swinging side to side means you’re having a boy. Apparently. However, there’s some debate over which action signifies which gender. If you live in America, you’re more likely to believe the opposite!
Boy: If you conceived in winterIf you fell pregnant in the summer, you’re having a baby girl. If you conceive in spring or autumn, there’s an equal chance of having a boy or girl.
Girl: If someone asks you to hold your hands out in front of you, and you hold them palms facing up.If you hold them out palms facing downwards, you’re having a boy.
Boy: If you pick up a key and hold it by its round upper section, you’re having a boy.If you pick the key up by its thinner lower section, it’s a girl.
These gender predictions are just for fun. If you want to find out the gender of your baby, ask the sonographer who carries out your 18-21 week scan, but be aware that the answer won’t be 100 per cent accurate. Not all hospitals will let you know your baby’s gender, so you might want a paid-for private scan - ask your midwife for details of what’s available in your area.