A Boy or Girl? Kazakh Pregnancy Wives Tales

Everyone likes to play the guessing game when someone is pregnant – will it be a boy or a girl? And of course, everyone has clues that help them determine the correct answer. For me, I just sort of knew from the beginning it was a boy, not sure why, but I was only thinking “boy.”

I made friends with another pregnant woman I met at the hospital who also suspected (correctly!) she was having a boy. I asked her how she knew and she shared with me some of the Kazakh wisdom for determining if one is having a boy or a girl.

For a Boy:

  • The pregnant woman craves meats and spicy or sour foods
  • The woman maintains her waistline while pregnant
  • The woman also stays looking like herself or becomes more beautiful with a boy

For a Girl:

  • The pregnant woman craves sweets and chocolate
  • The woman loses her waistline and gets fatter
  • The woman “becomes not pretty” and has much more acne

In addition to these, it seems that the way the woman is carrying also illuminates if it is a boy or girl – I’ve had some people I just met say, “Oh, I see you are having a boy!” but I don’t know the details of what they are observing.

So these are just a few of the Kazakh wives tales for determining the sex of a baby – what are some from other cultures? I was trying to think of some from the U.S., but the scientist-side of me must have dismissed them because I could not recall any! Feel free to share your favorites in the comments.


6 thoughts on “A Boy or Girl? Kazakh Pregnancy Wives Tales

  1. Carol says:

    There is one that you can tell how you carry the baby. If you’re carrying the baby high, it’s a girl. If you’re carrying low, that means it’s a boy. My Mom always thought I was carrying low.


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