“Am I Having A Boy Or A Girl?”
Isn’t the suspense torturous? Parents get curious to know if they are going to have a girl or boy. But is there any way to determine the baby’s gender? Well, there are some scientific ways, some old wives’ tales about baby gender, and other weird ways that could help. Also, if your country allows gender prediction tests during pregnancy, then they are the best predictors, but they need to be done by a doctor.
However, you can build predictions on your guess-work too.
How To Find The Gender Of A Baby During Pregnancy?
Different cultures have adopted different methods of predicting the baby’s gender. Some are random while others are highly accurate despite the lack of any solid scientific backing.
There are many proven and approved ways to predict the gender of the baby . Let’s look at a few.
Scientific Ways To Predict The Gender Of A Baby:
These are the most accurate and authentic ways to determine the sex of your unborn baby. However, they can only be considered after consulting your healthcare practitioner.
1. Ultrasound scan:
Ultrasound scans are the most common and reliable methods used by doctors. Ultrasounds are high-frequency sound waves that produce images of the fetus.
The procedure is usually performed to look at the development of the fetus where the technician sends waves over the stomach through the uterus. The waves then create a picture of the unborn baby, which can be viewed on a monitor. The technician will be able to say if it is a boy or girl based on the age and position of the fetus by recognizing the genitals. The gender can be identified only after 18 weeks since the reproductive organs start to appear then. And, ultrasound scans between 18 and 26 weeks provide most accurate results. The accuracy rate is more than 95% for baby boys and about 85% for baby girls.
Till date, there is no evidence on the adverse effects of ultrasound on the fetus.
2. Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS):
These two tests are performed if your baby may be at a risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. As it can detect fetal chromosomes, it can also clearly identify the gender of the baby.
Amniocentesis involves inserting a thin needle into the uterus through your abdomen to withdraw a small sample of fluid and analyze chromosomes. It is performed after the 15th week of pregnancy. CVS involves extraction of a small tissue sample from the placenta, which can contain genetic information of your baby. This is performed in between the 10th and 12th weeks of pregnancy. Both tests can thus determine the sex of your fetus with 99% accuracy. But, they pose a risk of miscarriage with an abortion rate of 1%.
3. Gender DNA test:
This test uses blood samples to detect the sex of the fetus.
The procedure uses small strands of DNA found in the bloodstream of the mother, and the test screens for the presence of male chromosome Y. If they detect Y chromosome, there is a high chance of having a boy, and if not, it will be a girl. They are performed around seven weeks of pregnancy and beyond. The accuracy rate is 95% to 99%.
Besides the above methods, there are other theories and ways to predict the baby’s gender.
Other Ways To Predict Gender:
Though old wives’ tales hold no scientific validations, most people find them interesting to know their baby’s sex.
4. Ramzi theory abdominal ultrasound:
Developed by Dr. Saam Ramzi Ismail, it is also referred to as Ramzi gender prediction method or Ramzi’s method.
The method uses placental location as a marker for detecting fetal gender. The placental side is known through the ultrasound scan, required at six to eight weeks into pregnancy. If the placenta is towards the right side, there is a high chance of having a boy, and if it is to the left, there are chances of a girl. Remember, not the baby, but the placental side is checked. If you had a transvaginal scan, everything is exactly how it is in the scan. An abdominal scan, on the contrary, is mirrored. Hence the location is reversed.
The accuracy rate is 97.2% in boys, and 97.5% in girls.
5. Chinese gender prediction chart:
Chinese gender chart is about 700 years old. It uses the mother’s age at the time of conception and the month of conception to predict the baby’s gender based on the Chinese lunar calendar. According to this chart, you will conceive a girl if both your date of birth at conception and conception month are either odd or even. You will conceive a boy if one date is even and the other odd.
They are proven to be more than 90% accurate. You can use our Chinese gender chart here.
6. Liquid Drano gender test:
While the other gender tests could be fun to play, this liquid Drano test is harmful to a pregnant woman. The resultant fumes from this product are toxic, and inhalation could cause harm to the mother and the fetus. You should be wearing eye protection and hand gloves if you want to use it irrespective of the danger.
For the procedure, take about two tablespoons of crystal Drano in a glass jar and add the morning’s fresh urine over it. There will be a rapid reaction. If the mixture turns to dark brown, you are likely to have a boy, and if there is no change in color, it is a girl.
The results are difficult to interpret, as there may be color variations in the final mixture. It can be performed after four months of pregnancy but is not reliable.
7. Wedding ring test:
This is one of the oldest and most popular gender prediction tests done using your wedding ring and a string. It can be tried at any time, and most people prefer to play during baby shower parties. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this method.
You have to tie the wedding ring to a thread or a piece of hair and hold the swinging ring over the belly when lying down. If the ring moves back and forth, similar to a pendulum movement, you would have a boy. If the ring moves in a circular motion, it’s going to be a girl.
8. The Skull Gender Test Theory:
This theory is based on observing the skull shape of your baby to determine its sex. In forensic anthropology, skull check is considered the second most accurate gender predictor method. An ultrasound picture would help you guess the cranial differences.
In general, male skulls are larger and robust than female skulls. If the skull looks blockier with square shaped chin and notable curves along the temple, it is regarded as a male. If the chin is round and the head is tapered, it is a female. These differences can be evident in an ultrasound.
9. The Nub gender test theory:
This tests “the angle of the dangle” that is the nub. It can be determined in the 12th-week ultrasound picture.
In the first-trimester, the fetus will have a genital tubercle, otherwise known as nub that will develop into a penis or clitoris. You are most likely to carry a boy if the nub is at an angle of 30 degrees or higher about the spine. And it can be a girl if the nub is pointing straight below 30 degrees or further down.
10. The baking soda gender test theory:
This is another old wives’ tale baby gender test theory and an easy DIY experiment.
Mix a cup of clear urine with a couple of teaspoons of baking soda. It is a boy if the mixture bubbles up or fizzes and a girl if it stays calm with no reaction.
Performing this test at the end of the first trimester will give better results as the hCG hormone levels tend to peak around the 10th week. However, it just holds a 50% accuracy.
While some of the gender prediction methods could be fun and quite an indulgence, we can never rule out the possibility of the tests backfiring. They may sometimes be false and give you incorrect results, leaving you confused and disappointed.
Consequences Of Gender Determination During Pregnancy:
In a few countries, such as India, it is illegal for parents to know gender of the fetus through an ultrasound. Medically and culturally, here are some of the major consequences of gender determination:
- If the skills of the doctor or the technician are dubious, they might mislead you on the sex of the child, leaving you unprepared.
- An ultrasound may not always be 100% accurate as there are a number of possibilities – the baby could be facing the wrong side, its legs can be crossed, or the genitals may not be visible.
Remember, predictions are just a speculation. Apart from scientific methods of genetic testing, the only way to know your baby’s sex is to wait until the delivery.
Have you tried any sex determination test? Which gender prediction method worked for you? Share your experiences with us.