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Predicting the Sex of Your Baby
Some of the many ways of predicting the Sex of Your Baby
With the availability of accurate methods of determining the sex of the baby, more and more parents are choosing to find out before the birth. It is estimated that over 50% of expectant parents now find out the sex of their baby before birth.
Ultrasound is Sound
The most accurate (but not 100% foolproof) method of determining the sex of your baby before birth is ultrasound. This method uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your baby while it is inside the uterus, and it simple involves looking for the male dangly bits.
Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) are two other scientific tests that can give accurate determination of the baby's gender, though they are never done just for that purpose. They may be performed if your baby is considered at high risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities.
Although Ultrasound is done routinely and so is commonly available for parents to determine the sex of their baby, many people still use other methods. With the chance of getting the right answer 50% of the time with just a random guess, many of the other methods are able to accurately predict the sex of the baby half the time!
Here are some of the non-scientific methods:
Carrying high or carrying low — if you are carrying your baby high it's a girl, carrying your baby low and it is a boy.
Wedding ring test — This involves threading a wedding ring onto a thread or even piece of hair, and dangling it over the pregnant belly. If the ring swings back and forth its a boy, if the ring swings in a circle it's a girl.
Morning sickness — morning sickness is meant to be worse when you are expecting a girl.
Chinese gender charts — using Chinese gender charts the gender of the baby is predicted based on the month of conception and the mother’s birthday.
Baby’s heart rate — a baby with a heart beat under 140 beats a minute is a boy, and a baby with 140 or over beats a minute is a girl.
Draino test — this test involves combining crystal Draino with a small amount of the mother’s urine in a jar. If the mixture turns a dark brown, you are expecting a boy, if it doesn’t change color you are expecting a girl.
Baby weight — this one is based on the weight of the mother. If you are pregnant with a girl you hold your extra on your bum and hips, with a boy all your extra baby weight will be at the front on the tummy.