Back before advances in technology and medicine brought us into the modern world, many of the wisdoms of everyday life came from the speculations and practices of everyday women. Left to their own devices, these women established firm beliefs that governed every aspect of their lives – including how to tell if the little one on the way was going to be a girl or boy. Without much else to rely on, expecting moms looked to the tell-tale signs of their elders, passed down from generation to the next. Entertain the idea, just for a moment, that you didn’t have access to modern technology. What would the old wives tales tell you about your little one?
And That’s How You Make a Baby!
Far from an exact science, the old wives tales were often irrational – but quiet entertaining from where we’re sitting. The old wives tales held, for example, that if the head of your bedpost aimed in a specific direction during conception, you could determine whether or not you were going to conceive a boy or a girl; depending, of course, on your preference! Also believing that different sexes originated in different testicles, these old wives tales advised young brides to tie back one of the testicles during conception so that they could choose the sex of the child they wanted. Other tales even believed that the sex of a child was determined by the things you ate before hand; and – throughout your pregnancy.
“You’re Craving Peppers? Must be a Boy!”
If the old wives thought that certain things could help you establish the sex of your child before conception, they also believed that a number of tell-tale signs could help you discover the sex of your child during pregnancy. The things you ate, for example, while pregnant were expected to reveal your child’s sex because boys and girls were thought to want different types of foods – communicated, of course, through mommy’s cravings.
“You’re looking a Little Pale, Must be that Baby Girl!”
A mother’s physical appearance was also expected to reveal the sex of the child she was carrying. If the baby settled high up in the tummy, she was believed to be carrying a boy; and if her belly was broad and you could see its shape from behind her, she was believed to be carrying a girl. If an expecting mother appeared less healthy or “beautiful” than usual, it was believed that she was carrying a baby girl who was draining all of her beauty from her.
“And the Elder’s Say You’re Going to Have a ….”
Great for entertainment at a baby shower, exploring old wives tales and playing with their predictive powers can be a lot of fun! This quiz, a great big collection of all of the old wives tales rolled into one, is one you don’t want to miss. Delve into your superstitious side and see what the elders think you’re going to have!