Pregnancy is a woman’s life phase that’s full of mysteries and the unknown especially if its your first time.
With these come the 3 most curious questions that everyone asks you.
- Are you really pregnant?
- When is your due date?
- Are you having a boy or a girl?
We will focus on the 3rd and most entertaining of them all, Gender Prediction. Knowing your baby’s gender is an exciting part of pregnancy.
Just sharing my experience, Many may guess if you’re having a boy or a girl through your appearance.
On this post you will learn about:
- Old Wives Tales and Superstitions
- Gender Prediction Tools and Experiments
- Chinese Gender Chart
- Congenital Anomaly Scan
- Gender Disappointment
There are many fun and creative ways to predict the baby’s gender. The most popular are the Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions which is what we will discuss here and more. But in the end, I will present a proven way to give you a more definitive answer because it is supported by Science and Technology.
Please remember, these are just for fun and cannot confirm your baby’s gender 100% accurately.
Baby Gender Prediction: Can You Guess Your Baby’s Sex?
Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions
1. Fetal Heart Rate
If the BPM (beats per minute) is above 140, you are having a girl. If it is lower than 140 then you are having a boy.
2. Carrying High or Low
Take a look at your baby bump and check its position.
If you are carrying high, it is a girl. If you are carrying low, it is a boy.
Your bump’s position can be affected by 2 main factors: 1. Your baby’s position in your tummy. 2. Your body shape.
3. Food Cravings
If you are into sour and sweet foods, you are expecting a girl. If you’re craving for bitter, salty and meats then you are expecting a boy.
It is said that women carrying a boy ate 10% more foods in general.
4. Pregnancy Glow
One of the most heard cliche is “Baby girls steal their mother’s beauty.”
So the acne, dull hair and dry skin are the consequences of your stolen beauty 🙂
If you have the pregnancy glow you are having a boy. If not then you are having a girl.
5. Linea Nigra
Linea Nigra is the vertical dark line that develops on your belly during pregnancy.
If it is long and continuous until above your belly button, you are having a boy, and if it ends in just below your belly, then you are having a girl.
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6. Asking A Child Below 3
It is said that children have strong intuitions on many things. Why not give it a shot and ask, particularly a little boy. If he shows interest in your pregnant belly, you are having a girl. If not, it is a boy.
7. Morning Sickness
Excessive nausea and morning headaches or sickness in general could be a sign that you are having a girl. It is said that mamas who carry a boy tend to have an easier pregnancy.
8. Mood Swings
Your hormones may be crazy now and that may affect your mood but based on the old wives’ tales they can also predict your baby’s gender too.
If you are a chill mom-to-be then you are having a boy. If you are a moody pregnant mom, you are having a girl.
9. Daddy’s Weight Gain
This may sound too far but your partner may be doing a sympathy body change with you.
They say that if your partner has gain weight, you are having a girl. And if there’s no changes, then you are having a boy.
10. Feet Changes
Feel your foot now and check. If its colder than usual, you are having a boy. If they’re warm or normal, you are having a girl.
It’s a proven theory in my opinion: The foot changes in terms of foot size after pregnancy. They said that a boy adds a half size to mom’s foot while a girl keeps you in your current shoe size.
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Gender Prediction Tools and Experiments
11. Ring Gender Test
Your wedding ring dangling on a hair or string and hang over your pregnant belly.
If it swings in a circle, you are having a girl. If it goes back and forth in a straight line, you are having boy.
12. Baking Soda Reaction
2 Tablespoons of baking soda and add in your urine.
If the mixture fizzes up like soda, expect a boy. If there’s no reaction, expect a girl.
This can be tricky as your urine can be affected by many factors such as your hormones, diet and pH level.
13. Chinese Gender Chart
Used by the Qing dynasty to help the imperial family create more heirs. Based on lunar calendar, the mother’s age and month of conception is considered here.
I used this test and it is correct for me. I was 28 and January was the date of conception
14. Ultrasound (Congenital Anomaly Scan)
Backed up by Science and Technology, this is one of the best tool that can predict your baby’s gender.
Usuallly done sometime in your 20th week, The Congenital Anomaly Scan (CAS) is meant to check your baby’s organs, body parts, growth and development and as part of it, the private organ is scanned too.
Most people call this also as the “gender reveal” ultrasound, But of course, every parent is different. Some may want to wait on labor day to know their baby’s gender. This is totally depending on your decision.
15. Mother’s Intuition
Do not look and go any further, feel within your own body and listen to your intuition. You may have a guess, assumption or your heart surely knows what the baby is. Is she your mini-me? or are you going to be a boy mom? A woman’s intuition is always right they say…
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You may have done all these but got a mixed result. But then just like with math, try to get the average and lead on with that. I strongly advise to wait for the Ultrasound and your doctor’s confirmation of the sex prior to buying those blue or pink cute little things.
Before I end this post, Let me acknowledge a thing that many mothers experience but is too ashamed to admit. Afraid of what others will say and how people are going to react if they knew. Hence, they keep it to themselves and keep quiet.
This is a temporary state of mind. A Mother’s Love go beyond the gender, the physical appearance and so much more. It overlook everything bad and see all the hope and positive in their baby.
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I think I got most things covered. To the more experienced mommies and pregnant mom trying these test, let me know in the comments below of how “accurate” these gender prediction methods were.
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