Old Wives Tales

In India, predicting gender is against law. So the anticipation builds and the nursery-planning either has to be neutral or postponed. I had fun anticipating and debating with friends and relatives on what the gender would be.

Old Wives Tales - Myths And Superstitions About Pregnancy - Superstitions

Anyways, it is also considered bad as per Indian (my part of India) superstitions, to buy anything for the baby in advance. So not knowing the gender really doesn’t create much of planning problems.

There were many people, telling me many tales indicating to either a Baby Boy or a Baby Girl.

Now I am having fun realising that some of those tales were actually correct in my case.

1) Heartbeats: If it’s a girl, then the fetal heart rate will be above 140. A boy will have a heart rate below 140.

            -Bang on my little one always had a heartbeat above 140..149 to be precise. Always!

2) Weight Gain: This is funny! If your husband puts on weight during your pregnancy, then you will be having a girl. If he doesn’t put on a  pound, then you’re carrying a boy.

      -Erm! I think Bingo again. 😛

3) Acne: If you have acne while pregnant, it’s a girl.

– not much.. Myth I guess.

4) Cravings: If you crave for savoury (chatpatta) stuff then it’s a girl. If you like sweets during the pregnancy than it’s a boy.

The only time i ever liked sweets is during my pregnancy..The amount of ‘kala jamuns’ I had was insane. But it wasn’t a boy and the girl doesn’t like sweets too! :O

5) Formula: Compare your age at conception with the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it will be a girl; if one is even and one is odd, it will be a boy

-Wow bingo! This was right. But I wonder how people have the patience to come up with such formulas. 😀

6) Morning Sickness: If you have morning sickness early in pregnancy, it’s sure to be a girl.

-Nah! I mean if early means 3rd month then maybe right!

7) Hair Color: If you get red highlights in your hair, you’ll have a girl.

-I don’t know how would anyone turn a red head while pregnant. But maybe true for some.

I guess there are many more but these are the ones that stuck! And it was really fun listening to these myths with wide eyes and believing in what I wanted to believe. 😀

Tell me some of the tales that you have heard during your pregnancy. I would love to hear and compare my case with it. 😀 Its fun!

An erstwhile Quality Analyst, Sirisha Achanta, is now a full-time mommy to an adorable 2-year-old girl and a part-time writer. 🙂  She loves to dance, dream and read a lot! 

  • As a family doctor I have not only heard my share; they have actually asked me whether they can try a particular way. All this is in prepatory mode, mind you. The funniest was a particular position, coupling in which was guaranteed to give a true ‘waris’. I told them I don’t know about son but will sure give you a slip disc. & I was sorry for being prophetic.
    There is a thriving scam on in North India where demand is more. Some old lady gives some ?? Powder and that too after conception that guarantees a son. Logically half get & they propagate. Other half are too ashamed to admit they tried. And keep quiet.
    My wife had started eating raw green chillies, for the first time in her life, & she was told ladki hogi. Aur hui and she loves chillies.

    • Wow! Yeah scams get into every aspect of our lives sadly. We should be wary and these things are mostly for fun

  • Yamini Vijendran

    One thing I was told often when I was carrying S was that I look very dull and my complexion had darkened, so I will have a girl. They said if its a girl the mother gets all dull n weary, and if its a boy she glows with a pinkish radiance… but wait a minute, was it the other way round?? I forget, but my sweet lil boy has brought back all the radiance in my world 🙂

    • sirisha achanta

      Yeah when you are to have a girl, you tend to loose all your beauty as your daughter takes it.. that is exactly how a granny told me ! lol.. the sacrifices we make as mothers 😀

      • Swati Nitin Gupta

        I wish this was true! My mom is so beautiful even at this age and I am nothing in compared to her in terms of looks. So I guess this is also a myth.

    • Swati Nitin Gupta

      This is something even I was asked when I was pregnant with my son A. I was in Bahrain and the relatives back in India wanted to know whether I have a glow on my face or not?

    • Karishma Pandit

      No it’s the other way around… Wen u carry a boy u luk dull and tanned… Wen u carry girl u luk fuller and glowing.. That was true in my case wen I was carrying my son… I was all dark and dull… Had pigmentations… Also the Hair growth tales were right my hair on the leg actually grew faster and longer… So most of the myths were true.
      Even the urine colout being bright yellow was true.
      This time I have highlights done to my hair and m in my early pregnancy, strange but one of the strand turned a lil redish so I don’t know if it’s seconding the myth of hair colout turning to red and all. Will let u know bout this one once I deliver…

  • Here is one story that I heard. If the pregnant woman eats raw bananas (used to make curries down here in South India), then the complexion of the child will be dark.

    My wife ate them out of spite, and my lil one turned out to be fairer than either me or my wife 😀

    • sirisha achanta

      Lol thats the funniest story I have heard.. the complexion complex has started so many superstitions in India., its not funny!

  • Haha! Fun post. Made me jog down the myth-making-memory-lane which was 2.5 years back for me, but seems like yesterday. I do remember vagaries being suggested to me, but I did not follow anything other than what the doctor said. This is a VERY interesting list, and if everyone adds their side of the stories here, it could be a whole cross-cultural study of myths/facts of pregnancy, and beyond! 😀

    • sirisha achanta

      I would love to be part of such a study. 😀

  • Swati Nitin Gupta

    Oh Well I craved for chatpata food and I have a boy. Also somebody told me that if you can roll your tongue sideways then it is a girl (found it funny) and well I could roll my tongue and bingo I have a boy. I never had morning sickness so maybe that’s true.

  • sirisha achanta

    haha tongue rolling thing is funny

  • Nikita Goel

    is this all true ??

  • Shobna S. Iyer

    Well, I craved the one thing I normally don’t eat, peru. I made my husband search the market and got angry when he could not find a single peru seller. Then my father was despatched and he got peru for me. My mom assured me, boy or girl, your child is going to be as adamant as you 🙂

  • Tanvi Markandeya

    If you’re newly pregnant, so many people telling you about the dos and don’ts during pregnancy period. These are some common pregnancy myths and facts. Now you have to eat for two’. Which of these have any truth attached to them? See how many myths You may have heard during your pregnancy! https://youtu.be/75TgeUYUqWU