How to Tell the Gender of a Baby by the Belly Shape

By Michelle Johnson
Some people believe a rounded belly means a girl is on the way.

As soon as the second line materializes on a home pregnancy test, parents start wondering one thing: Am I having a boy or a girl? Unfortunately, the wait from a positive pregnancy test until a baby has developed enough for an ultrasound to reveal the gender can be a very long one. In the mean time, many old wives' tales claim that curious parents can guess their baby's gender by paying attention to food cravings, the baby's heart rate -- or even the shape of Mom's belly.

Look at how high a woman carries her baby. If she is carrying high, it indicates a girl, but if she is carrying low, that suggests a boy.

Check out the size of a pregnant woman's belly. A larger belly means she's having a girl. A smaller, less noticeable belly indicates a boy.

Examine the shape of a pregnant woman's bump. A round, basketball-shaped bump with extra weight around a woman's hips and bottoms suggests she's carrying a girl. A narrow bump that sticks straight out means she's having a boy.

Warning

Don't put too much faith in old wives' tale. Belly shape during pregnancy has more to do with a woman's stomach muscles and a baby's position than gender. A woman pregnant for the first time may carry high because she has strong stomach muscles, while another woman may carry lower because her baby has dropped in preparation for delivery. A wide belly may mean a baby is lying sideways, and a bump that sticks straight out may just indicate a woman has a short torso and straight out is the only place the baby can go.

About the Author

Based in southern Idaho, Michelle Johnson started writing in 1991. Her work has been published in the science fiction and fantasy journal, "Extrapolation." Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in fantasy literature, both from Hofstra University in New York.