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

By Michelle Johnson
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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.

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.