Last week I read and wrote about the new gender determination blood test that can be used as early as seven weeks gestation. That got us thinking about all the gender prediction tools out there. I know that while I was pregnant I did look on the Chinese Gender Prediction Calendar, as well as the pendulum test with a needle and thread.
There are certain wives’ tales in regards to gender prediction that have to do with how you’re carrying – is your bump higher or lower? They also say boys’ heart rates are lower than girls – so if you’re baby is at 140 beats per minute or lower, they say it’s a boy! Likewise, they say if you have super horrible morning sickness — you’re having a girl! That being said, whether there is any truth to those tests, is not an exact science. In fact, even getting an ultrasound at 20 weeks can prove to be incorrect – although that risk is highly lower these days with the invention of 4D ultrasound and the like. There are some fun other tests, though, to try and see whether you’re team pink or team blue.
Here I’ve laid out a few baby gender predictor tests. I’d love to hear what you think about these! Did you try any of them? Do you think there’s any truth behind them?
The Needle/Wedding Ring Predictor:
For this test, you take your wedding ring or a needle and thread it thru some string. If you hold it above your belly while you’re lying down it should either swing back and forth in a straight line (having a boy) or swirl in a circle (having a girl). When I tried this while pregnant, it came out in a swirly circle motion – meaning we were having a girl…WRONG! We have a boy!
I read this recently online and find it fascinating. It works only if you have one child already. The test is simple: look at the back of your child’s hairline along his/her neck. If it goes straight across, your next baby will be the same gender. And in the reverse, if your child’s hairline along his/her neck comes to a point, your next baby will be the opposite gender. Since we only have one child, I have not been able to test this theory yet, but you better believe I’ll be wondering this now until we decide it’s time for baby #2.
Chinese Gender Prediction Calendar:
For this predictor you factor in the month of conception as well as the mother’s age at the time of conception. For me, it was April and I was 23…based on our calendar and my real age. That comes up BOY and we have a BOY. There’s a trick with this one, though; the mother’s age is her CHINESE AGE and the month of conception is also based on the CHINESE CALENDAR. To find your Chinese age, you take the current year, minus the year you were born and add 1 (in the Chinese tradition, you are 1 year old at birth). That being said, I was 25 at the time of conception (2010-1986+1=25). When I tried to find out the lunar month, I had to do all sorts of crazy math, so I just Googled it, typed in my information and this is what I was told, which is, of course, the same end as before!
Woman’s Birth Year: 1986 Month: 5 Day: 7 Time Zone: PST
Conception Year: 2010 Month: 4 Day: 3 Time Zone: CST
It’s a boy! (Chinese Age 25 at Lunar month 2)