Ways to Tell If You Are Having a Boy

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Ways to Tell If You Are Having a Boy
If you opt not to have an ultrasound to determine the sex of your baby, there are a few alternative fun ways to find out. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

For the most accurate way to determine if you are having a boy, you should have an ultrasound, which is the only scientific method that can be used to determine the sex of your baby. But before ultrasounds were available, mothers used old wives tales to predict the sex of their baby. Below are some old wives tales and tests you can use to determine if you are having a boy. Remember, these methods are not necessarily accurate, but still can be fun.

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Urine-Based Test

Purchase a urine-based gender test from a retail store or pharmacy and to help determine the sex of a baby as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy. Another popular urine-based testing method is mixing urine with a tablespoon of Drano; a brown or blue resulting colour signifies the baby is a boy. However, this method is not recommended, as the fumes can be dangerous.

Conception Date

Whether you have a boy can also depend on what time you conceived or when there was a quarter moon. For a date-based method, add the month the baby was conceived to the age of the mother at the time of conception; an odd number means a baby boy was conceived. A Chinese lunar calendar or birth chart offers a graph that works in a similar fashion.

Mother Characteristics

There are endless amounts of old wives tales that are meant to help you predict the sex of your unborn baby. If you're having a baby boy, you'll prefer to sleep on your left side, have dry hands, crave salt and red meat, dream about snakes, have faster-growing leg hair, carry the baby low in your belly, and experience little-to-no morning sickness.

Fetal Heart Rate

An fetal heart monitor, or heart Doppler, can be purchased at any baby supply store or retail store. If the baby's heart rate is under 140bpm, or beats per minute, the baby is a boy. A baby's heartbeat is always faster early in the pregnancy, so mid-pregnancy, when the baby's heartbeat slows down, is the ideal time to test for the sex.

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