Hollywood baby boom alert! Tons of A-list celebrities are expecting at the moment, from Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore to Kerry Washington, and Kelly Clarkson—plus, one of our favorite actresses of all, Mila Kunis, who is due in September with her first child with fiance Ashton Kutcher.
Mila Kunis goes grocery shopping along with her growing baby bump on Monday, April 7
In this month’s Color Report, we saw that the majority of the country—including Mila’s home state, California—chose Caitlin, our shocking hibiscus pink polish, as their favorite for April. So we broke out our crystal ball and made our first-ever psychic prediction that Mila must obviously be pregnant with a girl. It’s the only explanation!
Predicting a baby’s gender can be a tricky business, but as long as people have been having babies, there have been ways to guess the gender. Lots of cultures around the world have traditions to help expectant mothers determine whether they’re having a boy or a girl. Besides the new and totally fool-proof nail polish preference test, here are a few other ways to predict a baby’s gender before the ultrasound:
- One old wive’s tale says that if you carry most of your baby weight high, it’s a girl. While if your bump is lower down, you’re carrying a boy.
- But, according to a study conducted at Johns Hopkins University in 1999, predictions that were based on the woman’s dreams and feelings were actually more accurate than those based on a woman’s pattern of weight gain.
- So perhaps the Koreans are onto something: in Korean folklore, it’s said that if a pregnant woman dreams about snakes, tigers, or fish it predicts a boy, while dreams about fruit, jewels, or flowers mean it’s a girl.
- There’s also something called the Pencil Pregnancy Test: The expectant mother places a needle on the end of a pencil eraser and then strings the needle. She places her wrist on a table, palm up. Someone else holds the pencil over her wrist by the two ends of string, and the way the pencil sways indicates the gender of the baby—and even if there are multiples! Tradition says that if the pencil sways across the wrist, it’s a girl. If it sways up and down from fingertip to elbow, it’s a boy. And if it sways diagonally, it’s twins.
- Dangling the mother’s wedding ring on a string over her belly is also a popular prediction trick. If it moves in a circle, it’s a girl. If it swings back and forth, it’s a boy.
- The foods a mother craves have also been said to indicate the baby’s gender. If she craves chocolate, ice cream and other sweets, it’s a girl; if she craves salty or sour things, it’s a boy.
- Legend says that the Chinese Gender Prediction Chart was discovered in a royal Chinese tomb and is more than 700 years old. Using the mother’s conception or due date and her Chinese lunar age, the chart predicts whether she’s having a boy or a girl. Try an online version here.