Predicting Baby’s Sex

When you discover that you’re pregnant, there are a wave of emotions and so many questions – Will they look more like mum or dad? Will they like the same music or sports? Who will this person grow up to be? And while it doesn’t matter as much as the big questions, we still find ourselves asking, is it a he or a she?

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Image by Frederick Medina

You don’t have to be very far along before strangers will start commenting on (but hopefully not touching!) your bump and predicting baby’s sex from the way you carry or how radiant your face beams!

Comments might be like “you’re carrying high–must be a girl!” or “you’re all out front–must be a boy!” … but what if you’re carrying high AND front? Then what?

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Picture by Juan Encalada

Waiting for the gender reveal can be torture, so just for a bit of fun, we’ve compiled 10 of our Favourite Old Wives Tales to determine baby’s sex!

1. Watermelon or Basketball

Apparently if you’re belly is a nice round basketball, then it’s a boy. Looking more like you swallowed a watermelon? Then it could be a girl.

2. High or Low

While we’re on the topic of the bump – carrying high is said to mean you’re having a girl, while nice and low could be a boy.

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Pic by Andrew Seaman

3. Cravings

I heard this one all through my first pregnancy, while satisfying my overwhelming urge for salty crisps! If your cravings are for salty or savoury delights, then it could be a ‘he’, but if your tastebuds are after something a bit more sweet or juicy, a little ‘she’. (although it turns out my little lady just so happened to love the savouries too!)

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4. The Ring Test

This is one of my favourites! Using a sentimental ring, like your engagement ring or one you/your partner wears often, you thread a string or strand of hair through it and let it hang above the pregnant bump. This old wives tale test is said to predict all your children, so take note of the movement of the ring from the beginning. If it sways side-to-side like a pendulum, this is supposed to suggest a boy, while circling is a girl. Remember that if it starts by circling, then moves on to a swing, this could mean your first is a girl and the second a boy!

5. Mother Knows Best

I can honestly say that perhaps my mother’s intuition isn’t as strong as it should be, because my guess has been wrong each time! But according to the wives tales, a mother’s intuition is stronger than a test and she’ll be able to predict the baby’s sex better than anyone.

6. Girls Steal Your Looks

Feeling less than radiant during your pregnancy? Hair going a little limp or dry? The old rumour has it, it’s because the baby girl is stealing your looks!

7. Sympathy Weight

Is the baby’s other parent also gaining a little bit extra around the middle? This is said to be because the baby is a boy!

8. Chinese Gender Chart

Now onto a few old wives tales that have a little bit of ‘science’ behind them. The first is determining your lunar age and month of conception to figure out the baby’s sex. Head on over to this Chinese Gender Chart for your prediction

9. The Baby’s Heartbeat

If you have the heartrate results from one of your scans, apparently you can use that to predict a future of bows or bow-ties! This Heartbeat Predictor can help with the figures

10. Your Linea Nigra

The linea nigra is a brownish line (darker than your usual skin tone) that can appear on a pregnant belly, that runs right down the middle of the belly, to the pubic area. According to the old wives, if this line runs from the pubic area to above your belly button, it’s a boy! But if you don’t get a line or if it stops below your belly button, then it could be a girl!

So how did you go? Did any of these old wives tales ring true for your bub? Let us know over on our Instagram or Facebook!

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Baby Shower Games We Love

A cake topper from a baby shower that reads "oh baby"

We love Baby Shower games! Not only are they fun and drill up that little competitiveness, but it’s also a great way to get your guests interacting and socializing with people they may not know. Some games can even see your Mother’s working together as a team! So, here’s a list of our top 12 favourite Baby Shower games to play at your next shower… we’ve even found some free printables from Bub Hub for your party supplies!

1. The String Game

This one’s a classic! Each guest takes a length from a ball of string that they think represents the size of the Mama to Be’s baby bump! Mama’s pregnant belly is then measured and the person with a length of string closest to the correct size wins!

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2. Baby Bingo!

Baby Bingo is one of my personal favourites, so it takes a few eyes off me while opening gifts! As gifts are being opened, guests will need to check off the items on their bingo card. When they have a row, they shout ‘Bingo!’ and win! Click the link below to print out your free Baby Bingo cards!

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CLICK HERE for your Baby Bingo Printables

3. Jelly Baby Birth

Freeze some Jelly Babies in ice-cubes or shot-glasses and guests need to try and melt their Jelly Babies free, or “give birth” the fastest. Alternatively, one jelly baby can be frozen into water on display and guests have to try and guess what time the baby will be “born” (It’s a good idea to ensure that this one is in the sun or that the ice is thin enough to melt during the Baby Shower.

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4. Guess the Baby Food

Baby food comes in some really delicious and also weird tasting combinations. Having guests try to guess the flavours of the foods by either blind-folding them, or un-labelling the foods is always great for laughs and testing baby food palettes!

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5. Don’t Cross Your Legs

It used to be said that pregnant mothers should not cross their legs. We know these days that if it’s comfortable to do so and circulation to your legs isn’t compromised, then cross away…. But not in this game! As guests arrive, they have a peg or card and if a guest is seen crossing their legs they must forfeit their peg/card to the person who caught them. The winner is the person with the most pegs/cards by the end of the day.

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6. Don’t Say Baby

Much like “Don’t Cross Your Legs” guests have to try not to use the word “Baby” during the whole Baby Shower! If caught, they have to give up their peg and the winner is the person with the most pegs by the end of the day.

7. Nappy Change

Each guest has a doll or bear and has to put a nappy on it the fastest! For an extra challenge, old-fashioned towel nappies with pins can be used (just check that someone present knows how to fold them!)

8. Baby Animals

We know that cats have kittens and that horses have foals… but did you know that platypus have puggles? Guests have to try to match the animal to their babies. Click below to download the baby animal game for free!

Click here to download baby animals game printables from BubHub

9. Baby Celebrities

Much like baby animals, but with famous babies! The host can read out baby names and guests have to note down who they think the famous parent/s might be! To make things easy, we’ve done the celebrity spotting work already and you can download this baby shower game below!

Click here for Free printables Baby Celebrities Game

10. Dirty Nappy Game

I’m sure most people have heard of this one and it’s not one of my personal favourites, but an absolute ‘must do’ according to some of our team members. This game sees guests trying to guess a food or chocolate bar that has been melted and squished in a nappy. Guests can use their vision, smell or maybe even a sneaky taste to try and guess the confectionery. It makes for some truly embarrassing pics, so have that camera ready!

Game available from EBTreasured Moments on Etsy

11. Spit the Dummy

These next activities are some physically challenging ones but won’t be won by the guest who gyms the most. Spit the Dummy is a game where guests are each given a dummy and have to try to spit it the furthest! Hopefully there won’t be too many tears and tantrums with this game!

12. Drink Up

A game of speed agility… or maybe not so much. Guests need to see who can drink their drink the fastest from a baby’s bottle. We’ve seen this one played at mix-gendered baby showers where the guys are enjoying a few drinks. An especially good one to play before getting some not-so-sober guests to try and put nappies on the fastest!

Image from Pregnant Chicken

Did your favourite baby shower games make the list? Let us know what you think and share your favourites with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Baby Shower Themes We Love

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There’s no greater reason to celebrate than welcoming a new tiny human to the world! You’ve been growing that gorgeous little bump and it’s almost time to meet them… but first share that incredible excitement with your family and friends at your baby shower!

There are so many amazing and creative baby shower themes out there, it can be overwhelming to pick just one (so we may need to have more than just one baby *wink*). When planning my own shower, we wanted to keep it neutral, as we were finding out our baby’s gender on the day too! We settled for a pastel-themed afternoon tea and our little girl was certainly very celebrated and spoiled.

Photography: SoRosiePhotography Flowers: Bumble & Bloom

We’ve since gathered the team together and collected a few of our favourite Baby Shower Themes for Boys, Girls and Neutral parties!

For the Boys

Ahoy, it’s a Boy!

We love little nautical baby shower themes to celebrate the arrival of your boy. Invite your guests on the voyage to greet your newest addition with décor of blues, whites and splashes of red! Some fun interactive ideas for your guests could include leaving a message in a bottle for the growing family. Sweets and treats can include salted caramels or chocolates.

I Moustache You to Join Us

A moustache-themed theme is a fun, whimsical way to introduce your dapper, young man to your loved ones. There’s also the opportunity for so many puns! The refresher station can say “wet your whiskers” and gift table can read “Stache your gifts here”. Guests can have fun with moustache photo props and little bow ties.

A Little Cowboy is Comin to Town

Howdy partner! A rustic theme is classic, timeless and you can put a fun twist on styling by adding a bit of the Wild West too. We’re thinking hay bales, raw wooden features and of course, cowboy hats and Sheriff badges! Games can include wooden-horse races or “nappy-wrangling”.

For the little Ladies

Boho-Chic

Boho is a trend that we hope is here to stay forever! Gorgeously feminine and free-spirited. Decorate with dried arrangements, feathers and earthy details with soft colour palette of sage and dusty rose. Activities for the day can include flower crown or dream-catcher making.

We Have a Little Something Brewing

A cute, quaint and classic party theme: the tea party! Teas, little sandwiches and petite-fours with flowers and lace to decorate. Guests come in their garden party dresses and maybe even fascinators. Keep games elegant and classy to keep the theme. It might prepare you for the many toddler tea parties in Mama’s future!

A Magical Day is on the Way

You betcha, we’re talking about a unicorn party! Decorations can be as colourful and glittery as your imagination can reach – purples and pinks and pops of gold. Sweets and treats are always magical and guests can participate in cupcake or cookie decorating.

Unisex Parties

Twinkle-twinkle Little Star

A starry-night themed shower is a sweet, gender-neutral party idea that we absolutely adore. Decorated with a starry sky backdrop and fairy lights. Clouds, moons and stars all around the room. If your party is on a bright, sunny day, décor of blues and teals can set the scene better than deep, dark colours. Star-shaped sugar cookies make the perfect guest favours for this sparkly theme!

Woodland Wonderland

A woodland forest theme is absolutely adorable and one of our favourite nursery themes. Bring elements of nature in with plenty of wood and greenery and some hidden away forest friends, like foxes, bears and deer. The perfect favours for a woodland themed shower is a mini-soy candle that has the fresh smells of cedar or eucalyptus.

What will it Bee?  

Yellows are certainly the favourite gender-neutral baby shades and a honeybee themed shower is the perfect way to showcase some gorgeous, bright tones and even introduce some childhood nostalgia (we’re thinking a little Winnie the Pooh perhaps). Also a fantastic theme for the couple who aren’t announcing the gender of their little one, or saving a reveal for later in the day. Décor can include fresh flowers and lots of airy colours, with some bees or stripes hidden around too. Tiny jars of honey are an adorable favour for your guests!

Images found on Pintrest. 

Foods for Fertility

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When you and your partner decide that it’s time for your family to increase by two little feet, you might start wondering what the best things are you can do to prepare. While we know there are plenty of foods to be avoided during pregnancy: what about when trying to conceive? Are there foods for fertility?

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What we eat has a huge impact on our body’s ability to function properly and this includes our reproduction system! This doesn’t mean that certain foods can cure fertility issues or that you can combat a bad diet by adding a handful of kale (sorry, we wish it did!). What it does mean is that you can maintain a healthy weight and give your body the nutrients it requires to protect or improve your fertility.

So, what are the ingredients we need to prepare for conception? Hormones, healthy blood, healthy circulation, and a healthy brain – both in mental wellness and also its ability to send messages around the body. A diet rich in healthy fats, healthy carbs, proteins and fresh fruit and vegetables are great all the time but can be particularly important when preparing for pregnancy.

What are some foods for fertility?

Good Fats

Healthy fats decrease inflammation and aid in increased blood flow. Studies have also shown that they lead to an increase in sperm quality for Dad to be! Once pregnant, healthy fats are essential for developing bubs weight increase and to grow nervous system connections.

Where to find healthy fats:

Fatty fish: Salmon – an excellent source of omega-3 which is also a building block for hormones. Our bodies can’t produce omega-3 on its own, so it’s important that it’s included in our diets.
Nuts and Seeds: Flax seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds are fantastic sources of healthy fats and also omega-3 (perfect to substitute that salmon for our vegetarian friends!).
Avocado: Everyone’s favourite. It’s easy to add to breakfast and salads and full of vitamins and riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium! Yum!
Bad Fats: Trans-fats are the bad guys for our diet. These are usually found in commercial baked goods, fries and snack foods (you know, the delicious things!). These fats increase insulin resistance and won’t be helpful at all for healthy bodies or fertility, so try and limit these in your diet.

healthy foods good fats

Complex Carbohydrates

Carbs… our relationship is complicated! While you wouldn’t need to tell most people twice to stock up on the carbs, again there are some good guys and the bad guys. Good carbs are digested slowly by your body, contain fibres and often fantastic sources of fertility friendly B-vitamins, which support ovum release and uterine implantation.

Where to find healthy carbs:

Quinoa – our favourite replacement for rice and pasta. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free, while also being high in fibre and protein.
Whole grains – brown rice, whole wheat pasta, millet, barley and polenta.
Bad Carbs: Bad carbs… are again probably mostly our delicious favourites, including rice, pasta, cakes, processed breads and cereals. These increase insulin resistance and the body digests these very quickly, leading to spikes in blood sugar and insulin – which in high levels, can inhibit ovulation.

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Protein

Protein is an important building block in tissue repair and also for the production of hormones, enzymes and blood cells. So it’s no wonder that proteins are foods for fertility. Maintaining a healthy intake of protein is essential in looking after your body, but also preparing for the development of bub. Like everything in life though – you can have too much of a good thing, and excessive protein intake has been shown to impair fertility in males and females.

Where to find protein:

Lean meats – are high in protein while being low in calories and ‘bad fats’. Poultry is a great source of protein, but also high in selenium (for preventing cell damage), B3 & B6 (for the production of sex hormones and stress relief) and choline (for nerve function and inflammation reduction).
Beans & Lentils – These are not only packed with protein but also iron, folate and fibre!
Tofu – A great plant source of essential amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium

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Dairy

Dairy full of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B and protein. Research has found that consumption of full-fat dairy products daily can support female fertility, while the low-fat alternatives may be causing damage. This could be due to the increase in sugars used in the low-fat alternatives which cause the spike in insulin that we also see in ‘bad carbs’.

Where to find dairy:

Greek yogurt – packed with protein, calcium and vitamin D (important for regulating menstruation, and balancing sex hormones).
Cheese – cheese made from grass-fed animals is highest in nutrients (vitamins A & B12, zinc, phosphorus and riboflavin) and also contains omega-3.
Vegetarian alternatives – soya beans, peas, lentils, seaweed and leafy greens including spinach, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

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Vitamins & Minerals

Fresh fruit and vegetables are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals that are needed to support a healthy body before, during and after pregnancy. Here, we wanted to tell you about some amazing vitamins and the delish plants they’re found in:

Vitamin E & C well-documented antioxidants, which help remove free-radicals from your body and prevent damage. The protective barrier around your egg follicle is rich in vitamin E for support. Vitamin C may also be linked to your follicle during ovulation. We also know that vitamin C is important for immune health!
Found in: Oranges, Grapefruit, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Also, colourful fruits including blueberries, strawberries and pomegranates.
Folic acid – a super important nutrient for pre-conception and pregnancy. It’s recommended that folic acid supplements be taken by Mamas to be and pregnant women as it improves fertility and assists with spinal tube development in bub.
Found in: spinach, kale and other leafy greens. Dark leafy greens are also amazing sources of iron, which is important for menstruation, ovulation and egg development.
Zinc – zinc is integral to progesterone production, cell division, egg healthy and sperm motility.
Found in: oats, oysters, asparagus, poultry, lentils, nuts and seeds

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