I am only a day shy of my 18-week ultrasound and am anxiously waiting to hear if we are having a little girl or boy. The excitement and anticipation is overwhelming! I have gotten mixed feedback from friends and family. There is a small group who believes that it is better to wait until the birth of the baby, they say it will be a bigger surprise. Then there are those, like me, who take the opportunity to find out as so as they can. Whether it is now or 18 weeks, it will still be a pleasant surprise! (And, the professional shopper that I am must say that there is not a huge selection of neutral clothes and accessories. So whether it is team pink or blue, we are ready!
Of course I have entertained myself by searching for “online gender prediction” results and came across many entertaining quizzes and philosophies. I have taken a few online questionnaires, with mixed results.
It is still fun, for entertainment purposes only, to partake in the online fun. I did find a list of all of the types of gender prediction that are out there:
Baby’s Heart Rate
The babies heart rate is a popular theory on guessing gender. Supposedly if your baby’s heart rate is 140 beats per minute or more, it’s a little girl. If the heart rate is under 140, it will be a little boy. No evidence supports this theory.
Chinese Gender Chart
Some say that the Chinese Gender Chart is up to 90% accurate, hmm. (Seems to me like any fertility treatments, especially FET’s wouldn’t hold any water with this prediction method, considering the fact our baby was conceived in December, but I didn’t carry it until March!) Legend states that the Chinese Gender Chart was buried in a royal tomb near Beijing over 700 years ago. As of now, the original is supposedly the Institute of Science in Beijing.
Click the link to test out the chart: Chinese Lunar Calendar
It is actually advised that pregnant women not try this method because of the toxicity of the fumes from the Drano. Here are the “rules”:
The Drano gender prediction test is “best” if performed after 16 weeks of pregnancy.
This test should be performed outside using a large glass container or jar.
What will I need for the Drano Gender Prediction Test?
- Approximately 2 tablespoons of Drano
- Large glass or glass jar
- A few ounces of first morning urine
Put your urine and Draino in the glass jar. There will be a quick chemical reaction with strong fumes that will be emitted from the jar…stay away!
When the reaction stops, observe the color of the test.
If the liquid you observe darkens to a brownish color within the first 10-15 seconds – It is a boy. If the liquid shows no darkening or color change after 10 – 15 seconds – It is a girl.
Wedding Ring Method
Use your wedding ring and attach it to a thread or strand of hair. Hold the dangling item over your belly while you are laying down. If the ring swings in a strong circular motion, you will be having a girl. If it moves in a to and fro motion like a pendulum, you will be having a boy.
IntelliGender Gender Prediction
There is a fairly new kit on the market that claims up to 80% -90% accuracy in predicting gender called the IntelliGender Gender Prediction test. It is a urine test that you can use in the privacy of your home. This test is advertised in many popular pregnancy magazines.
Check out the IntelliGender now:
IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test Kit
All in all, the best way to find out the sex of your baby is through the use of ultrasound. Sonographers are highly qualified in making educated guesses about the sex of you baby, but the only way to get 100% accuracy is with an amniocentisis or CVS testing.