It’s true that an ultrasound is the only scientifically proven way to know whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl but that hasn’t stopped women from using all sorts of ways to predict their new baby’s gender.
While they’re not rooted in fact, these practices can be fun for mums-to-be who are too early in their pregnancy to get the official word from their doctor (and for mums who would rather wait until the birth to truly find out). A fun game with friends or at a baby shower, it might even help you decide on a baby name!
Number TestsIt’s not modern science, but an ancient Chinese method uses a little bit of maths to determine the sex of a new baby. Pre-dating modern ultrasounds by at least six centuries, the Chinese gender prediction calendar cross references a new mum’s age with the month of conception. Women have even used this chart to determine the best month to get pregnant if they’re angling for a pink or a blue nursery.
Direction TestsPlace a ring on a thread and dangle it over your pregnant belly. Encourage everyone to watch closely. Supposedly, a ring that swings in a circular motion means you’re having a baby girl and if it swings back and forth, it’s a boy.
Appearance TestsMyriad 'methods' predict a baby’s gender based on the pregnant belly of a mum-to-be. Carrying high means a boy, carrying low means a girl. You’re having a girl if the bump resembles a basketball and a boy if it’s more watermelon-shaped.
If all else fails, the next best thing to a doctor’s confirmation may be the intuition of a new mum: A recent study shows that women who had an intuition about their baby’s gender were right more than 70 per cent of the time. So trust yourself when preparing for a new baby!