LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Whoa, baby! I can't believe I'll be at the 6.5-month mark on Monday.
Time flies when you're hungry, overjoyed, exhausted, sore and anxious. I've popped like Pop-Secret popcorn, so the rapid-fire questions are inevitable.
"Are you having a boy or girl?" Well, it's a secret to us, too; we're not finding out the gender. It's funny -- getting bigger has expanded the conversation about pregnancy myths. According to popular old wives' tales, I'm having a boy. Mommies, how accurate were these tall tales after your baby was born?
LOW CARRYING LOAD
Points to a boy. I've carried low since the day I found out I was pregnant. This baby is a future kick boxer or World Cup champion, and I rarely feel any movement above my belly button. It's all low.
THE LINEA NIGRA
This is a vertical line that forms on a pregnant woman's stomach. The olds wives' tale says if it runs north of your belly button, you're having a boy. If it stays south, you're having a girl. Mine is very faint, but stops at my belly button.
If you find yourself hovering over the toilet at all hours of the day, rumor has it you're more likely to have a girl. In the first trimester, I only found myself talking to the toilet a few times.
SKIN SO SMOOTH
This means you're having a girl, and dry skin means you're having a boy. I haven't noticed a difference.
BABY'S HEART BEAT
Thump, thump, thump at a rate of 140 beats per minute and you're having a girl, lower than that, and it's a boy. My doctor told me to scratch this early on, but don't discount it later on in pregnancy. At my last appointment, the bmp ranged between 130-140.
If your hair is thick and luscious, you're having a boy. If it's limp and thin, you're having a girl. For the first six months of my pregnancy, my hair thinned and fell out, but it's starting to turn the corner now.
PLEASE FEED ME
Craving salty and sour foods? Bank on a boy. If you're in the mood for sweets and fruit, you're having a girl. Me? I love all food.
This is linked to girls, but if you're unblemished, you're having a boy. I've been clear so far.
Previous Jones' Journey installments:
+ Week 9: My baby is looking like ... a baby!
+ Week 8: Baby has so much to say after listening to Dave Matthews Band
+ Week 7: Candid reflections on body changes
+ Week 6: My dream, baby!
+ Week 5: Oh, baby, 2016 will be life-changing
+ Week 4: Dear Skeptics: The pregnancy cravings aren't total baloney!
+ Week 3: The good, the bad and the ugly of early pregnancy
+ Week 2: What is Lauren thankful for during pregnancy?
+ Week 1: Lauren Jones is expecting a baby!