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12 Ways To Predict The Sex Of Your Baby

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12 Ways To Predict The Sex Of Your Baby

Want to predict the sex of your baby? Use these 12 ways that women have been using for centuries (well some of them!).

Thankfully, in the 21st century, we have ultrasounds that are commonplace, and you can usually find out the gender, if you are so inclined, when you do your 18-week scan. While it’s rare for ultrasound technicians to get the sex wrong, it does happen sometimes.

Ask around, everyone knows someone who knows someone who’s sister’s friend’s neighbour had this happen to.

Spare a thought for women in times gone by who didn’t have access to ultrasounds (or even women on internet forums who are impatient and aren’t 18 weeks yet) who had to resort to these unusual and not-so-accurate ways to predict the sex of their baby.  Quite often they may as well have done eeny-meeny-miny-mo.

Table of Contents:
1. The Chinese Gender Predictor Chart
2. The Way You Sway
3. How You Carry Your Bump
4. Baby’s Heart Rate
5. The Salt Test
6. Clues on Your Body
7. The Wedding Ring Test
8. Morning Sickness
9. The Drano Test
10. The Foods You Are Craving
11. They Key Test
12. Has Dad Put on Pregnancy Weight?
Early Signs You Have Gone Into Labour

1. The Chinese Gender Prediction Charts

Accuracy: 55%

Said to be more than 700 years old and 90% accurate if you use them properly, the Chinese gender charts will determine if you’re having a boy or a girl based on the month of conception and your age when you conceived – both expressed as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. Many mothers who have used these charts swear by it.

Apparently, the legend of the Chinese Gender Prediction Chart is that the Qing Dynasty Imperial Family relied on this chart to have sons who were favoured to gain work and make money for the family and protect the family lineage.

In the interests of science, I found an online Chinese gender calculator and applied it to my three children, who are all girls.

I guess two out of three ain’t bad: it predicted two would be girls and one would be a boy.

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2. The Way You Sway

Accuracy: 20%

According to the Distaff Gospels – a dodgy collection of Medieval women’s medical “knowledge” – the way you walk when you’re pregnant can determine the gender of your unborn child. If you walk with your right foot first, you’re going to have a boy. If it’s left foot first, then it’s a girl.

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3. How you are Carrying your Bump

Accuracy: 50%

Nothing made me roll my eyes more than this one from well-intentioned believers in old wives’ tales when I was pregnant. I repeat, I had three girls. Every bump was different. But people will tell you if you’re carrying high, it’s a girl, or carrying low, it’s a boy. They may also say if you carry in front, it’s a boy, if you carry horizontally, it’s a girl. Look, at least half of the time, they’re probably right.

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4. Baby’s Heart Rate

Accuracy: 34%

Another old wives’ tale is that boys and girls have different heart rates while they are in the womb. This theory says that babies with a heartbeat under 140 beats per minute will be a boy and one with a heartbeat of more than 140 beats a minute is a girl.

Unfortunately, this theory lacks any scientific evidence whatsoever and a study has found there is no correlation between the gender of the unborn baby and its heart rate.

More Reading:  Blood Pressure BEFORE Conception Could Determine Baby’s Sex

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5. The Salt Test

Accuracy: 62%

Those crazy Medieval Distaff Gospels strike again. They made the claim that if you sprinkle salt on a pregnant woman’s head while she is sleeping (gently so that she is unaware of it) make a note of whatever name she says first when she wakes up. If she says a man’s name, it will be a boy, and if she says a woman’s name, it will be a girl.

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6. Girls Will ‘Steal Your Beauty’

Accuracy: 42%

Old wives reckon that if you’re having a girl, she’ll “steal your beauty” – so if you’re looking a bit tired, puffy and, you know, pregnant, then it’s a girl. If you are experiencing dry hands and cold feet, supposedly you’re having a boy.

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7. The Wedding Ring Test

Accuracy: 47%

This one is wildly popular, and also wildly inaccurate. I can confirm this one doesn’t work. Three pregnancies that produced three girls… three times the ring test told me I would have boys. Anyway, if you’re pregnant, there’s every chance some woman you work with or a friend will try to get you to do it, and if you’re unaware of it, it goes like this: thread a wedding ring onto a thread, necklace, ribbon, piece of hair etc.

You then hold the dangling ring over the pregnant woman’s belly while she is lying down. If the ring swings backwards and forwards like a pendulum, she’s having a boy. If it swings in a strong circular motion, it’s a girl. There’s zero science to back this up, unsurprisingly.

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8. Morning Sickness

Accuracy: 53%

According to old wives’ tales, if you’re sicker in the first three months of pregnancy, you’re likely to be having a boy, while a boy will continue to cause you grief beyond the first trimester. However, scientists have found that pregnant women who suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum – extreme morning sickness – throughout their pregnancies, are more likely to have girls than boys.

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9. The Drano Test

Accuracy: 39%

This one is petty dumb for lots of reasons, but it persists and involves using crystal Drano – a harsh chemical that is used to clean drains with. Supposedly, if you combine the Drano with a small amount of the pregnant woman’s urine in a jar, there will be a chemical reaction. If the mixture turns dark brown, that means a boy is on the way. If it doesn’t change colour, it’s a girl. Whoever dreamt this up must have been crackers.

While it sounds like it might have some science to it because you’re basically carrying out a home chemistry experiment, the reality is that many studies have failed to find a chemical in maternal urine that interacts with Drano to accurately predict gender.

Aside from that, the fumes from the mixture are toxic and could be dangerous for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

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10. What Food You Are Craving

Accuracy: 64%

Supposedly, if you are craving sweet foods, it’s a girl, because girls are naturally sweet (aww stereotypes are so awesome aren’t they?). But boys are all snips and snails and puppy dog tails, so they make you crave sour and salty foods.

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11. The Key Test

Accuracy: 65%

Another one of those weird tests using inanimate objects: place a key in front of a pregnant woman and ask her to pick it up. If she picks it up at the narrow end, she’s having a girl. If she picks it by the round part, she’s having a boy.

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12. Has Dad put on Weight?

Accuracy: 57%

There’s a myth that says if the father of the unborn baby gains weight during the pregnancy, then she’s expecting a girl.

This one might have something to it: Danish researchers studied 100 fathers-to-be and found that those who had girls were heavier when they were born than those who had boys.

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Caroline Duncan

Caroline Duncan is a freelance journalist and photographer with almost 20 years' media experience in radio, magazines and online. She is also a mother...Read More of three daughters, and when she's not writing or taking pictures, she's extremely busy operating a taxi service running them around to various activities. She can't sew and hates housework. Read Less

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