30 Week Update / Talking Gender

June 22, 2016


M Loves M 30 Week Update and Gender Predictions

I can’t even believe that I’m 30 weeks pregnant! 30 weeks just seems so incredibly real. That means there are only 10 weeks to go. #holycow! Of course, we may go a little over our due date which is common, but I have a feeling this little babe is going to be here early!

I’ve been meaning to share an update with you about the baby’s gender, so I thought I’d talk about it in this post!

palm printed dress M Loves M baby bump in palm printed dress

love this palm print dress {it’s not maternity either!}

If you remember, Matthew and I were torn between Finding out the Gender vs Keeping it a Surprise. Actually, Matthew was all for finding out, and I was the one that had mixed feelings. On one hand I’m a huge planner, but on the other hand, I absolutely love surprises. I feel like this is just the ultimate surprise so we decided to wait to find out the gender which I’m really happy about. A baby is such a blessing and I’d be so thrilled with a boy or a girl, especially for my first. Not knowing allows us to let this baby just be a baby. Plus gender neutral clothes are super cute, and more functional in the long run. Sometimes I wish I knew, but I just keep thinking to the moment where Matthew is going to say, “It’s a….!”

I thought it would be fun to test out some gender prediction theories though! A lot of these are old wives tales but they’re still pretty fun and entertaining!


Heartbeat: They say if your baby’s heart rate averages in the 110 to low 130s range, it’s more likely a boy, and if it’s in the mid 140s to 160 range, it’s more likely a girl. Mid-130s to 140s is unpredictable — and where a lot of heart rates fall. Our baby’s heart rate has been in the 140s throughout the pregnancy. PREDICTION=GIRL

Chinese Calendar: Chinese birth charts use your age at conception and the month you conceived to determine the sex of your baby. You can try this test or, if you know the date of conception, you can try this one. PREDICTION= GIRL

Mayan Calendar: The Mayans used a similar method. They looked at your age at conception and the year your baby was conceived. If both are even or odd, it’s a girl. If one is even and one is odd, it’s a boy! PREDICTION= GIRL

Weight Gain: They say if you gain a lot of weight, you’re more likely to be carrying a boy. I’ve already gained almost 30 pounds and still have 10 weeks to go! PREDICTION= BOY

Baking Soda: Put a tablespoon or two of baking soda in a glass. Then add some of your urine to the baking soda. If the combination fizzes, like a soft drink that has been shaken up, then you are having a boy. On the other hand, if there is no reaction at all, you’re having a girl. PREDICTION= BOY

Skin: Apparently if you break out and have issues with your skin, you’re having a girl because they “steal your beauty.” I have been breaking out like crazy on my face and also my shoulders! PREDICTION= GIRL

Mood: If you’re moody you’re more likely to have a girl. If you’re mellow, you’re having a boy. Luckily I’ve been feeling very calm and relaxed. PREDICTION= BOY

Morning sickness: They say you’re more likely to have a girl if you have morning sickness in your first trimester. Thank goodness I didn’t have any type of sickness! PREDICTION= BOY

Cravings: If you crave sweets, you’re having a girl. Savory items? Think boy! I’ve been craving lots of sweets, like chocolate chip cookies and s’mores, although that’s not strange for me. PREDICTION= GIRL

Ring test: Dangle a ring, usually a wedding ring, on a string over the pregnant woman’s belly. If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy. If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl. We tried this with my ring and it moved back and forth, and with Matthew’s ring it moved in a circle. PREDICTION= UNSURE

The “linea nigra”: The “linea nigra” is the dark line that some women get running from the pelvic bone, mid-abdomen, to the belly button, or as far as the xyphoid (the bottom-most part of the rib cage in the center or tip of the sternum). The theory goes that if the linea nigra runs to the belly button, it’s a girl, and if it goes all the way up to the xyphoid, it’s a boy. PREDICTION= BOY

The eye test: Look in the mirror for about a minute. If your pupils are dilating, it means you’re having a boy. PREDICTION= GIRL

How You Carry: They say high means you’re carrying a girl and low means you’re carrying a boy. If your belly stick out front you’re having a boy, if it’s more horizontal, you’re having a girl. It looks like I’m carrying low and out front, both signs of a boy. PREDICTION= BOY




Of course it would be split, right?! And I swear I didn’t plan that. I specifically chose an odd number of tests for this purpose exactly! As to what our instincts are, my feeling is that we’re having a boy, but Matthew thinks we’re having a girl. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

What do you think? Do you have any guesses?


MORE PREGNANCY POSTS: My First Trimester and my Second Trimester