15 Ways To Tell If You’re Having a Boy Or Girl
Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women. Part of that excitement is trying to predict if your little bun-in-the-oven is a boy or girl. For as long as people have been having babies, baby prediction methods have existed to help people know, but only in the past decade have people been able to determine whether they’re having a boy or girl with over 98% accuracy* using DNA based early baby gender prediction tests, which are increasingly popular (and affordable). Despite the availability of DNA tests, many of older methods persist, and you can find some of them listed below to explore. Keep in mind, these are just for fun, as they are not based in science!
Chinese Gender Prediction Chart
Legend states that the Chinese gender chart is over 90% accurate when used properly. This baby prediction method was once considered as superstition in the western world, but is now widely used in many countries. Being based on the Chinese lunar calendar, the mother must first convert her age to the proper format. With this information, and the Chinese month of conception, the calendar can determine whether a boy or girl is expected. Since it is easier, simpler, and cheaper to use than ultrasound, the Chinese gender chart is still used today to help determine the optimal date to give birth to a boy or girl. However, most often this chart is for entertainment purposes only.
This test works by instructing mothers-to-be to mix urine with Drano, and then examine the resulting color. This test is performed after the fourth month of pregnancy. The Drano test must be performed outside in a glass jar, as there is a bubbling chemical reaction accompanied by a caustic, smelly odor which occurs when the urine is added to the Drano. The color is examined during the reaction. If the mixture darkens to a brownish color within the first 10 seconds, it is a boy. If there is no darkening or color change after 10 to 15 seconds, it is a girl. While it sounds almost scientific, numerous studies have failed to find any chemical in maternal urine that will interact with the Drano to accurately predict gender. In addition, these results are difficult to interpret because of the many different variations in the color of the final mixture. The Drano method is not a reliable way to determine a baby’s gender, and could have serious side effects for the mom and baby if the fumes are inhaled or the mixture contacts the skin. It is not recommended as a baby gender prediction method.
The Ring Test
If you hang a ring over your belly and it swings from side to side like a pendulum, you’re carrying a boy. If it swings in a circular motion, you’re carrying a girl. An alternate version of this baby gender prediction method is to dangle the needle or wedding ring over your wrist instead of belly.
Pregnancy Glow, or No? — You’re carrying a boy if you have a bright complexion.
Garlic Test — If you consume a lot of garlic–and like it–you’re carrying a girl.
Partner’s Weight Gain — If your partner seems to be adding pounds like they’re also pregnant, you’re carrying a girl.
Blood Pressure Before Conception — Higher blood pressure 26 weeks before conception means a greater likelihood for a boy.
Heart Rate — If your baby’s heart rate during ultrasound is faster than 140 beats per minute, you’re carrying a girl.
Moody Versus Mellow — If you’re moody, you’re carrying a girl. If mellow, boy.
Sweet Versus Salty — If you crave sweets, you’re carrying a girl. If you crave salts and proteins, you’re carrying a boy.
The Eye Test — If the pupils in your eyes are dilating, you’re carrying a boy.
Carrying High Versus Low — If you look south and are carrying high, you’re carrying a girl. If low, boy.
Morning Sickness — Excessive nausea and morning sickness means you’re carry a girl.
Baking Soda — Place your urine into a clear container containing two tablespoons of baking soda. If it fizzes, it means you’re carrying a boy, if not, girl.