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Early Gender Prediction Methods – Some say they work, others beg to differ…

How to accurately predict, (accurately being the key word here), the gender of a baby is something that pregnant woman search for…a lot. We have heard countless old wives tales on how to tell if baby is a boy or girl but how can such a prediction actually be done, and what would it be described as? Should we call it hocus pocus, science or simply, a hoax? Some prediction methods have an element of science in them, others not so much. Today, we shall have a look at the most popular methods being tested.

First, let us take a quick look at some of the most common old wives tales that we have heard many times to predict it’s a boy; your skin is glowing, you are craving salty foods or meat, carrying low, have glowing hair, fast growing toenails and fingernails, your face is long and lean, or you sleep on your left side. On the other hand, old wives tales predicting you will have a girl might include; having acne and pimples, carrying high, having an aversion to meat, feeling sick all day with morning sickness, face shape is round, you sleep on your right side. Many expecting mums have most certainly come across, or has heard of at least one the afore-mentioned theories. Nowadays, with the whole world being online, it has become easier for theories to be shared and new ideas to spread. So let’s see what methods people are favouring right now.

The Skull Gender Test Theory is a do-it-yourself technique for predicting gender, and its supporters claim 92% accuracy. Basically, from your baby’s profile image for the ultrasound you need to spot certain male and female markers in the shape of the skull. Some marker differences between genders include: the eyebrow arch which is slightly bolder on males and non-existent on females; cheekbone under the eye ridge is more noticeable in males; chin is more square on males, and rounder on females; the top of the head is usually bigger in males, while rounder and more tapered in females. I guess that osteologically, this theory does make logical sense, however, it is quite hard to get a clear picture on each scan that will help you determine the sex.

The Baking Soda Gender Test Theory is an interesting one. All you need to do is pee in a cup, just a little, and pour it in another cup containing about a teaspoonful of baking soda. If the mixture fizzes, it’s a boy…if it does not, it’s a girl.  The science behind this theory suggests that the sex of the baby alters some hormones in the mum’s body, and this may consequently alter some of the acid in the urine. Once again, this theory does not always prove to be right, but what’s the harm in trying unless you change the room to blue or pink based on the result?

Next up is the Red Cabbage Test. Once again, urine will be required to test this theory. Get a red cabbage, slice it up and boil it for about 8-10 minutes. Fill up two cups, one with water and the other with the cabbage liquid that will look blackish. Get a transparent container and put both liquids in. If the mixture has a purplish-blue tint, it’s a girl, and if you get a reddish-pink tint, then it’s a boy. Once again acidity in urine plays a part here, because red cabbage has pigments in it that are sensitive to pH and turn another colour based on how acidic or alkaline a solution is.

Coming in with over 97% gender accuracy at 6 weeks gestation, is the Ramzi method. According to this theory, the location where the placenta has implanted will determine the gender. According to the theory placenta implanted on the right side means it’s a boy and left side for girls. If you have a regular ultrasound (on the abdomen) the image will be flipped, meaning right is left on the scan and vice versa.

One cannot leave out the Ring Gender Test. Here, the mummy-to-be’s wedding ring (or another significant ring) is tied to a thread. The mummy lies down and the daddy-to-be, or partner or friend dangles the threaded ring over the mum’s belly. If the ring moves from side to side, it’s a boy. If it moves in a circular motion, then it’s a girl. Many, many moons ago when I was still in primary school, I vaguely recall playing something on these lines, and we were to find out our future children’s sex. Little did I know that I would write about that in an article a few decades later. But it also goes to show that this old wives tale, though not scientific, has got quite a few years on it and is still being passed down.

Last but not least, we find the Nub Theory Gender Test. The nub is a genital tubercle, which is a body of tissue present in the development of the reproductive system that appears in the first trimester, which by week 9 develops into a clitoris or a penis. In the first weeks, the nub looks like a penis, meaning that the only way to tell the baby’s sex by the nub is to analyse the angle of the nub. If the nub is tilting upwards at an angle greater than 30%, it’s a boy, whereas if the nub is level or slanting down, then it’s a girl. This method too is to be taken with a pinch of salt.

For expecting mums it is certainly entertaining to test some of these gender prediction methods out and see which one/s were accurate once baby is born. We have seen that no gender test is 100% accurate. It is just for fun, as all predictors are, so if I were you, I would not go on a shopping spree for gender specific items after seeing the results! As Steve Crawford, author of Old Wives Tales for New Mothers stated, “Old wives tales are not scientific fact, but they bring people together with one common experience.”

Do you know of any other old wives tales? If so share them with us

Have you already tried any of the methods mentioned? Were they accurate?

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