If you’re pregnant, I have absolutely no doubt you’ll be getting that ‘gut feeling’ and/or several people guessing at the sex of your baby! But here I am with a helpful post to bring together several of the old wives’ tales for gender prediction, so you can easily take these somewhat bizarre tests to help you figure out if you’re having a boy or a girl.
Come along this journey with me and see just how accurate these gender guessing tests really are!
This one may actually have a more scientific truth than the others, but experts such as Dr. Shettles, suggest that if you had sex and conceived before ovulation, chances are it’s a girl. If you conceived on the day of ovulation or 48 hours after, then it’s a boy!
According to the theory, male (Y) sperm are faster but more fragile than female (X) sperm.
To have a boy, insemination should occur as close as possible to the moment of ovulation so that the faster, Y-sperm arrive first and achieve conception. When seeking a girl, the couple should have sex 2½ to 3 days before ovulation.
Said to be created more than 700 years ago, it’s based on the I Ching (or the Book of Changes) and relies on the Yin and Yang, the Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams. It was created for the imperial family of the Qing dynasty, who used the chart to conceive sons who were favored for work, making money and for carrying forward the family lineage.
The Chinese calculate their age since the time the baby is in the womb – this is called your Lunar age. It means you are one when you are born, and the Chinese lunar year adds one year to your month of birth.
For instance, if you were born on January 15 (before that year’s Chinese new year), your lunar age in June of the same year was two.
However, if you were born on March 10 (after that year’s Chinese new year), your lunar age in June of the same year was one.
So you will be one or two years older in the Chinese lunar system because of the difference between the calendar and the Chinese practice of counting the time spent in the womb. Make sure you account for this when you do your calculations.
Another potentially scientific method, Ramzi’s method uses the placenta/chorionic villi location as a marker for fetal gender detection at 6 weeks gestation and is found to be highly reliable. This method correctly predicts the fetus gender in 97.2% of males and 97.5% of females early in the first trimester.
1. Ask the sonographer at your appointment which side your placenta is on.
Dr. Ramzi’s study followed strict guidelines and used a control group to achieve the results. They used color flow doppler to view the direction to pinpoint the chorionic villi location. Asking your sonographer to use this technology will produce the most accurate results. If they reveal that your chorionic villi/future placenta is on the left side of your body, you are likely having a girl; if they reveal it is on the right side of your body, it is likely a boy!
2. Look for the bright area around the sac.
This is likely where the placenta is going to start growing. We have found that some scans are easier to detect the placenta than others. Bear in mind that some scans will show multiple hyperechoic areas of brightness.
The Ramzi Method can be confusing. Some people will look at an ultrasound scan, and assume it is a boy if the baby is on the right side of the body. However, it is important not to focus on where the baby is, but where the placenta will be forming. Babies do stay close to their placenta in the beginning, but it’s important to remember to look for the bright area first and foremost when trying to determine an accurate Ramzi Theory prediction.
On the flipside and at the bottom of the scientific pile and more of an old wives tale, you may have heard that your baby’s heart rate can predict their sex as early as the first trimester. If it’s over 140 bpm, you’re having a baby girl. Below 140 bpm, you’re carrying a boy.
However the truth is, your baby’s heart will likely start beating sometime around week 6 of your pregnancy. You can even see and measure this flicker of light on an ultrasound. The beats per minute (bpm) start at a slow 90 to 110 bpm and increase daily. They continue to increase until they peak around week 9, between 140 and 170 bpm for boys and girls alike.
Unfortunately, this early pregnancy symptom doesn’t tend to discriminate. But if you’re suffering from excessive nausea and morning sickness, it’s said you could be having a girl.
If you find yourself craving all things sweet, that’s a sign you’re having a girl. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy … And if you’re craving everything? Well, that just means you’re pregnant 🙂
If your complexion is bright and your hair resembles that of a Pantene commercial, you could be having a boy. If that much-talked-about “pregnancy glow” is MIA and you’re breaking out, it may just mean you’ve got a girl growing in there.
Take off your wedding ring (or any other ring) and tie it to a piece of string or hair. Lie on your back and dangle the ring over your stomach to see which way it swings.
If the ring swings back and forth (like a pendulum), then it’s a boy. If the ring swings in a circular motion, it’s a girl.
Add a small amount of bicarbonate of soda to a cup. If the combination of urine and bicarbonate of soda fizzles, then it’s a boy. If it doesn’t, then it’s a girl.
Carrying low and out front? Then it’s a boy. Carrying high and all over? Then it’s a girl.
I would love to hear what your results are and whether they were accurate so drop me a line!