How to identify a boy or a girl in pregnancy

Written by michele martinez
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How to identify a boy or a girl in pregnancy
Your skin could tell you whether it's a boy or girl. (boys and girls 3 image by chrisharvey from

While a sonogram is accurate in determining the sex of a baby, you may want to find out if you're having a boy or girl before you get this test. There are several ways to determine whether you're carrying a boy or a girl that don't require a machine. While some of the methods are folklore, and may not be accurate, it's fun to try to determine the sex of your baby.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Count the baby's heartbeat. If you don't have a baby heart monitor, ask your obstetrician what number she recorded at your last visit. Beats under 140 per minute indicate a boy. A higher heartbeat indicates a girl.

  2. 2

    Look in the mirror. If your hair appears dull and your skin isn't clear, you may be carrying a girl. If your skin is radiant and your hair is shiny, you're probably carrying a boy.

  3. 3

    Pay attention to your cravings. If you crave salty and sour foods, expect a boy. If you crave sweets, it may be a girl.

  4. 4

    Notice when you get nauseous. If it's within the first 12 weeks, it's a girl. If you get sick later in the pregnancy, you're probably carrying a boy.

  5. 5

    Look at the way you're carrying the baby. If your belly is high and wide, it's a girl. If your stomach is low and round, it's probably a boy.

  6. 6

    Observe the movement in the womb. Boys tend to be more active in the womb than girls. Girls tend to move less, or less intensely, than boys.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase neutral colours such as yellow and green if you want to shop for the baby before knowing whether it's a boy or a girl.
  • Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can determine whether you are having a boy or a girl, but these procedures carry risks.

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