Midwife tales about baby gender

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midwife tales about baby gender

A Midwifes Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I read this book 15 years ago shortly after it won the Pulitzer, and it was amazing then, and I was equally impressed this time. In fact I was surprised as I read how much of it I could remember reading even that many years ago, so it must have made a deep impression.

Im just in awe if LTU, the depth and breadth of information that she gleans from Martha Ballards spare diary entries is mind boggling, for instance, shell throw out a comparison of the number of people, male and female that MB mentions visiting in her community, then compares it to two other contemporary mens journals, the sheer amount of data she collected, the spread sheets she must have made, and to keep it all straight, to find meaning in it, to organize it into such a readable fascinating picture of a life. Its FReakIN AWESOME!
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There are a lot of gender prediction tests, like this Chinese gender predictor , and many others. The linea nigra, which is the dark line some women get straight down their belly, can apparently be an indicator of gender. The baking soda test , which is said to be 80 percent accurate , is relatively easy to perform.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

17 Old Wives’ Tales to Predict Baby’s Gender

Wondering if your little bundle of joy will be a boy or a girl? While the only accurate way to find out your baby's gender during pregnancy is from your doctor, playing the guessing game can be a lot of fun. Read on for some of the wackiest old wives' tales believed to predict the gender of your baby, and try some for yourself. And then tell us--were they right? Rumor has it that if you are carrying your baby high, it's a girl. Carrying low?

If you'd like to predict the gender of your baby before an ultrasound (non-scientific and all in good fun!), then test out these old wives' tales.
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Apparently, girls have faster heartbeats than boys. Thinking of sugar and spice, and all things nice? Fruit, chocolate and desserts all hint that the stork might be bringing you a daughter. For a modern version, you might prefer another ring, needle or pin. Lie yourself down and dangle the ring over your bump.

We take a look at some of the most popular ways of guessing the gender of your impending arrival. A common pregnancy symptom is headaches, but apparently this relates specifically to carrying boys. This could also have something to do with growing another human inside you, back ache, stomach pain, etc, etc, etc. Disclaimer: May also happen to mothers of girls. Good luck.

By Emily Sadler Jan 25, Every pregnant woman has been asked this question— several times. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy. If your complexion is bright and your hair resembles that of a Pantene commercial, you could be having a boy. Look in the mirror for about a minute.

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  1. Trying to predict your baby's gender? From Chinese Gender charts to decoding your cravings, these old wives tales reveal if you're having a boy or a girl. That’s why we’ve put together this list of old wives’ tales said to predict your baby’s gender.

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