Simple blood tests can determine whether you have any nutritional deficiencies. For a modern version, you might prefer another ring, needle or pin. For instance, you are supposedly bearing a boy if you eat a raw garlic clove and the smell seeps on to your skin. June 14, Erica Wickham, M. If those pregnancy pounds are piling on all over, you might be expecting a daughter. Supposedly well-meaning souls, usually a mother-in-law or some other elder even a midwife , will be keen to impart their pearls throughout. Similarly, your body hair is thought to provide a clue too. I don't wish to scoff at traditional beliefs, and there may be truth to some. The old wives of days gone by thought it was possible to predict the sex of the baby based on how the mother looked. For example, if a pregnant woman primarily craves sweets or dairy products, it is said that she will have a girl. So, even if you're craving chocolate cake your entire pregnancy, you could still be having a boy, and even if you are obsessed with lemon juice, you may still be having a girl. Some maternal pronouncements of ancient wisdom are harmless fun but when they concern keeping well during pregnancy or relate to your baby's health, characteristics and future diet, it's difficult to navigate. As for the Icelandic theory that cleft lips occur when the mother drinks out of a cracked cup. Right from conception, in fact, we are told that diet can influence the sex of the child - if you are a carnivore with a predilection for salty foods and refined carbohydrates, a boy is on the cards.