Old Wives Tales (or what’s going on with my body?!)

Since we are so close to finding out what our wittle baby will be, I thought it would be fun to answer some of the Old Wives Tales that we all hear about with what’s happening to me! SC and I are both hoping for a boy and we’ve been asking loved ones to “send boy vibes our way!”  But we will certainly be elated to have a girl, too! Right now I am at 14 weeks and 4 days. We had an ultrasound two days ago and the doctor was about 85% certain that he could tell the gender, but we just can’t announce until we are 100% sure!!

 

Old Wives’ Tale #1 – Linea Nigra

This isn’t showing up for me yet at all (at least not that I can see!) so we’ll have to come back to it. Honestly, I won’t be upset if it never shows! I could only be SO lucky!!

What does it mean? Unknown.

Old Wives’ Tale #2 – Carrying High or Low?

I am showing a little now, but I don’t think we can really tell if I’m carrying high or low. Though, I do FEEL like that baby is sitting low. At least, my bladder feels that way! I can hardly sit up for five minutes without feeling the pressure to use the restroom.

What does it mean? Unknown.

Old Wives’ Tale #3 – The Draino Thingo

We decided against this test.

What does it mean? Unknown.

Old Wives’ Tale #4 – Is Your Skin Dry or Soft?

I just started noticing extremely dry patches on my elbows. My legs are always very dry and my hands have been extra dry lately, but that could be from the extra hand washing that I’m doing lately.

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #5 – What’s Baby’s Heart Rate?

At the first ultrasound (7w3d) it was 165, at the second (14w2d) it was 154.

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #6 – Your Flowing Locks

My hair is definitely healthier and growing faster. It takes me so much longer to blow dry. On the other hand, it’s MUCH more frizzy.

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #7 – Where Are You Carrying Extra Weight?

So far, I’m only carrying weight in my front belly. I already had some extra weight there, though, and I haven’t gained any weight yet.

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #8 – Chinese Gender Calendar

The gender predictor that I looked at when we first found out said that it would be a boy.

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #9 – Sweet, Salty or Sour?

I’m craving mostly sweet things. My first craving ever was buttercream frosting. But I also crave protein a lot and I know that if I’m feeling sick, eating some meat will help settle my stomach.

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #10 – Wedding Ring Test

We haven’t done this test yet!

What does it mean? Unknown.

Old Wives’ Tale #11 – Got Morning Sickness?

I was sick every single morning throughout weeks 6-12 with all-day nausea as well. It has let up a bit since then, but I still get sick about 1-2 times a week in the morning. The all-day nausea has subsided.

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #12 – How About Those Cold Feet?

I haven’t noticed a change in feet temperature, though I do normally get really cold feet that I tuck under my husband’s legs every night. He grumbles, then I scratch his back as payment and all is well.

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #13 – How Do You Look?

My MIL told me that I was glowing before I had even the slightest idea that I was pregnant. At that time, I was officially 4 weeks along. Since then, I have been super lucky that I haven’t had pregnancy acne (just the regular old stuff that I always get, and even that has lessened!) or dark spots on my face.

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #14 – The Breast Test!

My right breast is (and always has been) bigger. The difference is DEFINITELY more noticeable now since I’ve grown two cup sizes already!

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #15 – North or South?

My pillow sits on the north side of my bed? I’m not really sure about this one!!

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #16 – Pimples, Schimiples…

I have gotten less acne since being pregnant! This is a major advantage for me!!

What does it mean? BOY!

Old Wives’ Tale #17 – Are You A Lefty or a Righty?

I sleep (and have always slept) on my right side. Can’t fall asleep any other way!

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #18 – Check Out Your Wee!

Um. TMI? This depends on when I’ve taken my prenatal and how much water I’ve had during the day. It can vary a lot, but most of the time I would say that it’s light in color.

What does it mean? GIRL!

Old Wives’ Tale #19 -What Does Your Belly Look Like?

It’s too early to tell for this one, but I suspect that I’ll look more like a watermelon.

What does it mean? Unknown.

Old Wives’ Tale #20 – Hairy Legs?

All of my hair grows insanely faster now than before pregnancy. I feel like as soon as I get out of the shower I’ve already got stubble on my legs.

What does it mean? BOY!

BOY = 9

GIRL = 6

So, it looks like the Old Wives are pointing to us having a boy. We’ll have to wait and see!!

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