Male or female? Curiosities and ways to find out

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The nine months of pregnancy have begun and you are already beginning to wonder if the bundle will be a boy or a girl. While waiting for an ultrasound or amniocentesis to reveal your secret, we could use all popular beliefs to predict whether a boy or a girl will arrive.





From skin health to mood, hair color to pendulums and the Chinese calendar: history and traditions are full of anecdotes and strange beliefs about how find out the sex of the baby.

In this article

  • Difference between male and female in pregnancy
  • Female belly
  • Male belly
  • How to tell if male or female from the moon
  • Male or female Chinese calendar
  • Male or female, discover it with the Ramzi method and with the legends of the grandmother

Difference between male and female in pregnancy

Once upon a time having one female was not considered a "happy event" and this negative approach was already manifested during pregnancy: wanting to give credit to these popular legends, therefore, you suffer from trough, are you tense, hormones dance and make you tear easy and sad? It is likely that you are expecting a girl; on the other hand, if you enjoy a good mood and feel good, a boy will probably arrive. Of course, many future mothers will be able to disprove these bizarre beliefs!



Here is a list of the most popular methods for predicting the sex of the child:

  • Body changes
  • Birthmarks in pregnancy
  • The pendulum game
  • The movements in the belly
  • Other methods 

The body changes

And the differences between expecting a boy or a girl would also manifest in the health state, in the onset of small disorders typical of pregnancy and in the physical appearance of the expectant mother. Eg:

  • look at your hair: during pregnancy they are probably much brighter, thicker and more luminous, but if reddish reflections appear it could be the sign that you are expecting a girl;
  • look at your skin: if your face is suffering in particular from the hormonal changes typical of pregnancy and is filled with acne, pimples, dry skin you could expect a female, while if the skin seems smoother and more luminous than usual you will expect a male.
  • Measure your breasts: according to an American scholar, when a woman is expecting a girl, her breasts increase during pregnancy by an average of eight centimeters, while if she is expecting a boy, her breasts would not increase by more than 6,3 centimeters.
  • check your blood pressure during pregnancy and not only to make sure that everything is normal, but also to predict the sex of the baby: with a value of less than 140 beats per minute, a boy will arrive; with values ​​higher than 140 beats per minute, a female is arriving.
  • keep an eye on your partner: if he too is gaining weight and starting to have bacon it could mean that you are expecting a baby girl.

Birthmarks in pregnancy

Even the typical cravings of pregnancy, those that make you crave chocolate in the middle of the night or strawberries for breakfast could be the distinctive signal of a male or a female:



  • if you are craving for proteins, meats, cheeses, salty foods, a boy may be on the way
  • if, on the other hand, you can't resist sweets, orange juice, fruit, it is likely that a female is on the way.

The pendulum game

Even the game of famous pendulum has been used for generations to predict the sex of the unborn child: you can use one wedding ring as a pendulum after hanging it on a chain and making it move on your stomach:

  • if moving the pendulum forms circles you are expecting a male;
  • if instead the faith moves from one side to the other, a female could be on the way

The movements in the belly

Finally, pay attention to when you feel the first movements of the fetus in the belly: if you feel them very early it is said that you are expecting a male; if you hear them after a while you might expect one child.

Male or female? The game of rs

Another very popular game is to count the r's in the name and surname of mom and dad and those present in the months from conception to birth to find out the total and thus identify the sex of the child.

Other methods

  • Try to flip a coin: head, a male arrives; cross, comes a female.
  • Observe your habits when sleep and how to arrange the pillow: if it is facing south it is a sign of the birth of a female; if it is facing south you might expect a male.
  • Do a simple calculation: add the number of your years at the time of conception and the number of the month in which conception occurred. If the result of this sum is an odd number, a female is coming; if it is an even number, you are expecting a boy.
Read also: How to know the sex of the baby

Female belly

More or less all future mothers know the various "belly legends". Know that the shape of the belly indicates something different depending on the region: for example in Basilicata the pointed belly indicates a girl, in Emilia instead it would indicate the birth of a boy.

In general, however, it is said that if you are expecting a female, the belly widens along all the hips and is low.

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Male belly

If a male is about to arrive, the belly is high and has a pointed shape, although in some regions in past generations it was said that "the pointed belly does not go to war", implying the arrival of a female.

How to tell if male or female from the moon

Some believe that the moon phases can affect the chances of conceiving a boy or a girl. Using, therefore, the lunar calendar we discover that, if the conception took place during the Crescent moon, the greater the chances of having a girl, while on the contrary if the conception took place during the falling moon the chances of having a boy would be higher.

Male or female Chinese calendar

Years ago they found a strange one in an ancient Chinese tomb table which was nothing more than a kind of tool for predict the sex of the baby making a prediction with a mathematical calculation. How does it work? It is enough to cross the month of conception with the mother's age at that moment to be able to know if a boy or girl will be born with an accuracy equal to 93%.

Male or female, discover it with the Ramzi method and with the legends of the grandmother

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