Do Opposites Attract When Pregnant

Let’s embark on an intriguing journey, exploring the age-old question, “Do opposites attract when pregnant?”

As the belly grows and excitement builds, so does curiosity about the baby’s gender. Is it a boy or a girl? Are there any reliable predictors?

The allure of old wives’ tales persists, each promising insight into the unborn child’s gender. Can we take them seriously? Let’s delve in!

Debunking Old Wives Tales

Ah, the intriguing world of old wives’ tales. Passed down through generations, we hear these predictions make for fun conversations and lighthearted guesswork. However, how much scientific validity do they hold?

The “Opposite Sex” Myth

One widespread wives tale suggests that a pregnant woman carrying a child of the opposite sex will feel more attracted to men other than her partner. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

However, there is no concrete scientific evidence to support this theory. Remember, every pregnancy is unique!

Predicting Baby’s Gender: Facts Vs Tales

Another wives’ tale proposes that the baby’s gender can be predicted by the pregnant woman’s cravings.

Yearning for salty snacks? That supposedly indicates a boy. A sweet tooth points to a girl. Again, these are fun assumptions but lack scientific backing.

Examining Pregnancy Signs

Apart from the anecdotes, certain pregnancy signs are often believed to predict the baby’s gender.

Morning Sickness and Gender Prediction

Some say that extreme morning sickness indicates a girl. However, the severity of morning sickness largely depends on a woman’s body and pregnancy hormones, not the baby’s gender.

The Pregnant Belly Tale

The shape of the pregnant belly is also a popular predictor. A high, round belly supposedly carries a girl, while a low, wide belly indicates a boy.

While it’s fun to guess, remember that a woman’s body shape and the baby’s position largely determine the belly’s shape.

Other Unconventional Predictors

Beyond physical symptoms, some predictors dive into the realm of the mystical.

The String Test and the Wedding Ring

Have you heard of the string test? It involves dangling a string with a wedding ring over a pregnant belly. Swinging in a circular motion predicts a girl, while back and forth indicates a boy. While entertaining, this test doesn’t have scientific backing.

Baby’s Heartbeat and Gender

Another old wives tale states that a fast baby’s heartbeat means a girl, while a slower rate indicates a boy.

However, medical professionals affirm that a baby’s heart rate varies at different stages of pregnancy and isn’t an accurate gender predictor.

Weird Wives’ Tales That Can Help Predict a Baby’s Gender

There is no shortage of unusual old wives’ tales when it comes to predicting a baby’s gender. Let’s take a fun detour and look at 30 of them!

  1. Sweet Vs Salty Cravings: Girls are supposedly represented by sweets, and boys are salty and sour snacks.
  2. Morning Sickness: Severe morning sickness indicates you’re carrying a girl.
  3. The Garlic Test: If you can eat a lot of garlic but don’t smell like it, you’re carrying a boy.
  4. Skin Condition: Girls are said to steal their mother’s beauty, so if you have acne, it’s a girl.
  5. The Key Test: If you pick up a key by the round end, you’re having a boy. If it’s by the long end, it’s a girl.
  6. Pregnant Belly: High means girl, and low means boy.
  7. Dad’s Weight: If the father is gaining weight during pregnancy, you’re having a girl.
  8. Balance: If you’re clumsier than usual, you’re having a boy.
  9. Baby’s Heartbeat: Above 140 beats per minute? It’s a girl.
  10. Hair on Legs: If it’s growing faster, you’re having a boy.
  11. Mood Swings: More mood swings equate to having a girl due to excess estrogen.
  12. The Eye Test: If your pupils dilate when looking in a mirror for a minute, it’s a boy.
  13. Foot Size: If your feet are growing, you’re having a boy.
  14. Bread: If you eat the ends of a loaf of bread, you’re having a boy.
  15. The Necklace Test: Similar to the ring test, a necklace swinging back and forth indicates a boy.
  16. Breast Size: If your right breast is larger, it’s a boy. If the left is larger, it’s a girl.
  17. Urine Color: Bright yellow urine points to a boy.
  18. Nose Growth: If your nose is growing, it’s a boy.
  19. Hands are Dry: If your hands are constantly dry, you’re having a boy.
  20. Wedding Ring Swing: Swing your wedding ring on a string. Circular motion equals a girl, back-and-forth equals a boy.
  21. Face Weight Gain: If your face gets fuller, it’s a girl.
  22. Cold Feet: If your feet are constantly cold, you’re having a boy.
  23. Headaches: More headaches suggest a boy.
  24. The Drano Test: Mixing urine with Drano will change color to predict gender. This is not recommended due to toxic fumes!
  25. Toddler’s Interest: If a toddler boy shows interest in your belly, you’re having a girl. If he ignores you, it’s a boy.
  26. Mayan System: The Mayans determined gender by looking at the mother’s age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one is even and one is odd, it’s a boy.
  27. The Chinese Gender Chart: This chart uses your age at conception and the month you conceived to predict gender.
  28. Linea Nigra: The pregnancy line, or linea nigra, goes up to the navel if you’re having a girl and all the way to the rib cage if it’s a boy.
  29. Previous Child’s First Word: If a child’s first word is “dada,” the next child will be a girl. If “Mama,” the next child will be a boy.
  30. Mother’s Intuition: Most mothers report having a gut feeling about the sex of their baby, and often, they’re right!

Remember, while these tales can make for a fun guessing games, they are not scientifically proven and should not replace proper medical advice.

Scientific Ways to Determine Baby’s Gender

While old wives’ tales are fun, they don’t replace the accuracy of scientific methods.

Ultrasounds during Baby’s amazing development track and Baby’s Gender

The most common method to determine the baby’s gender is an ultrasound, which provides visual evidence. Generally, the baby’s sex can be identified by the 18th to 22nd week of pregnancy.

Genetic Testing for Accurate Gender Prediction

For a more definitive answer, genetic testing methods like Amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling can be employed. These tests, usually done for detecting genetic disorders, can also accurately determine the baby’s sex.

Psychological Aspect: Do Opposites Really Attract?

While it’s clear that physical opposites don’t have an influence, could there be at least a minute psychological aspect?

Pregnancy Hormones and Mood Swings

Pregnancy hormones can cause mood swings, making a woman feel attracted to various traits at different times. But remember, these feelings are temporary and more about hormonal changes than the baby’s gender.

The Role of the Previous Child’s First Word

Interestingly, some suggest that the previous child’s first word (mama or dada) can predict the new baby’s gender. This again falls into the category of interesting but scientifically unsupported theories.


So, “Do opposites attract when pregnant?” While it’s a captivating question, it’s clear that the attraction is more about individual and hormonal changes than the baby’s gender. It’s essential to remember that every pregnancy is unique, and while the guessing games can be fun, scientific methods offer the most reliable answers.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can morning sickness predict my baby’s gender?

No, the severity of morning sickness depends on your body and hormones, not the baby’s gender.

Does the shape of my belly indicate if I’m carrying a boy or a girl?

No, the shape of your belly is determined by your body shape and the baby’s position, not the gender.

Can my cravings predict my baby’s sex?

While a fun theory, cravings are more related to nutritional needs than the baby’s sex.

Is the string test or the baby’s heartbeat reliable for gender prediction?

Both methods are part of old wives tales and lack scientific evidence.

What are the accurate ways to determine my baby’s sex?

Ultrasounds and genetic testing methods like Amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling are the most reliable methods.

What does it mean when a baby is attached to you while pregnant?

It signifies a strong emotional bond forming between the mother and the unborn child, enhancing maternal behaviors and instincts.

Can being pregnant make you more attracted to your partner?

Yes, hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to increased libido and heightened attraction towards your partner.

Is it more common to break out during pregnancy with a boy or girl?

There’s an old wives’ tale stating acne is more common with a girl pregnancy due to higher levels of hormones, but scientifically, breakouts can occur with either gender.

Do women’s personalities change when pregnant?

Pregnancy can lead to mood swings and changes in behavior due to hormonal fluctuations, but these changes are usually temporary and not permanent personality shifts.



This post is written and edited by Sandy who is a clinical pharmacist with over 20 years of experience specializing in pre-natal and post-natal care.