Today I am exactly 20 weeks pregnant, and the Big Ultrasound is in two days. That seems like a really good time for a reader poll, don't you think? And what better to poll about than whether this is a boy piglet or a girl piglet?
Of course I can't ask you to guess this without providing you with some crucial information. And by "crucial information" I obviously mean "interpretation of ludicrous old wives' tales."
So! Here are some of the common ones:
Old wives say morning sickness means girl: I had it BAD for about a month. However, it was likely exacerbated by my lap-band.
Old wives say craving sweet things means girl, craving salty things means boy: I have been craving meat sandwiches, peaches, milk, and pudding.
Old wives say a wedding ring on a string that goes in a circle means boy, side to side means girl: I did this and it went side to side. However, I couldn't find a string so I just did it on a necklace chain. Perhaps that is inadmissible evidence?
Old wives say heart rate above 140 means girl, below 140 means boy: Piglet's heart rate was 155-160 at 16 weeks.
Old wives say acne during pregnancy means girl (apparently she's "stealing" the mom's beauty), while increased glowy attractiveness means boy: Split on this one. I've definitely had more acne, but not outrageous amounts, and lots of people have been telling me how happy I look, so maybe that means I'm glowing?
Old wives say Chinese and Mayan birth calendars can predict: Chinese birth calendar says boy, Mayan says girl.
Old wives say swollen legs mean boy: My legs haven't changed shape at all. But it may be too early on this one.
Old wives say if dad gains weight, it's a girl, and if not, it's a boy: Torsten has actually lost a couple pounds since I got pregnant.
Old wives say if the left breast is bigger, it's a girl, and if the right is bigger, it's a boy: My left breast is bigger, but it has been for at least the last 10 years, so I don't know if that counts.
Old wives say carrying high means girl, carrying low means boy: Well, here's a photo of my 20-week belly, so I'll let you decide how I'm carrying and what it means. (Comparison photos here.)
So what do you think: boy or girl? And I would love to hear your reasoning. Is it one of these old wives' tales? If so, which one? Is it a vibe or feeling you have? Or some other reason that I haven't thought of?
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