Boy or girl?

Boy or girl?

Knowing the sex of your baby is usually revealed during the second scan. But while you're at it, here are other fun ways to find out!

1. The pendulum test
Take a pendulum and position it over your hand. If it turns, you are said to be having a girl. If the pendulum swings back and forth, it's a boy.

2. Morning sickness
Morning sickness is a sign of a girl. It is said that those who don't have morning sickness are having a boy.

3. Food cravings
Do you crave salty and bitter foods, meat and cheese? If so, it's a boy!
If all you can think about is chocolate and you cannot live without orange juice, it's a girl.

4. The thumb test
This method involves putting your hands on your hips. If your thumbs are positioned towards the belly, you are expecting a little prince! If your thumbs are positioned towards your back, it's a little princess!

5. The calculation method
Take the age you were when you conceived and add this to the number that represents the month in which you conceived. Keep adding the numbers in your answer together until you obtain a number lower than ten. If you get an even number, you are expecting a girl. Did you get an odd number? If so, it's a boy.

6. The Egyptian method
For this very old method, you need wheat and barley seeds. Take three bowls and place a little bit of cotton in each one. In the first bowl, place a mixture of the two types of seeds.
Place the wheat seeds in the second bowl and the barley seeds in the third.

Cover the three bowls with a transparent material, such as gauze, which lets in light and air.
It is now time for watering! Sprinkle a little bit of water into the bowl containing the mixture of seeds.

In the other two bowls, you will not be using water... You will urinate first thing in the morning and use this to sprinkle the seeds instead!
After two or three days, take a quick look at the first bowl to ensure the seeds are sprouting.

The other two bowls that you sprinkled with your urine will determine the sex of your baby. If the wheat seeds sprout first, it is said that you are having a boy. If the barley seeds sprout first, you are having a girl!

7. The key test
Place a large key on the floor. If you pick it up by the round end, you are having a boy. If you pick it up by the other end, you are having a girl.

8. Your partner's weight
If your loving partner puts on just as much weight as you during your pregnancy, you are having a boy! If your partner shows no physical change, it's a girl. 

9. Asking a child
Many people believe in the natural intuition of children. This method simply involves asking a child under the age of three whether there is a boy or girl inside your little round bump. The little youngster will have the answer!

10. Hair growth
Do you spend a lot of time shaving, and do you feel like you are turning into a yeti? If so, you are having a boy. 

Now all that's left to do is to wait for your scan, or, for those who like surprises, just wait for the big day and see if these old wives' tales were right!

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