long as people have been having babies, they have been making
guesses as to the gender of their baby. Gender prediction
is, in some respects, probably one of the oldest practices
known to humankind. As science has progressed, accurate gender
prediction methods have become available. Still, there are
many myths that have grown up around the idea of predicting
Most expectant parents are anxious to know the sex of their
baby. In addition to being able to prepare emotionally and
mentally, telling the sex of the baby ahead of time is beneficial
in everything from how you register for your baby shower to
how you decorate your baby's room.
Drano Gender Prediction Test:
There are many myths about gender prediction that sound like they
might be scientific, but are actually not: the Drano test is one
of these. This test proposes
to predict a baby's gender by mixing urine with Drano, and then
examine the resulting color. This test is performed after the fourth
month of pregnancy. The Drano test must be performed outside in
a glass jar as there is a bubbling chemical reaction accompanied
by bubbling, and a caustic, smelly odor which occurs when the urine
is added to the Drano. The color is examined during the reaction.
If the mixture darkens to a brownish color within the first 10 seconds,
it is a boy. If there is no darkening or color change after 10 to
15 seconds, it is a girl. While it sounds almost scientific, numerous
studies have failed to find any chemical in maternal urine that
will interact with the Drano to accurately predict gender. In addition,
these results are difficult to interpret because of the many different
variations in the color of the final mixture. The Drano method is
not a reliable way to determine a baby’s gender, and could
have serious side effects for the mom and baby if the fumes are
inhaled or the mixture contacts the skin. It is not recommended
as a baby gender prediction method.
Gender Prediction Chart:
Legend states that the Chinese gender chart is over 90% accurate
when used properly. This method was once considered as superstition
in the western world, but is now widely used in many countries.
The baby gender predictor is based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
First, the mother’s age must be converted to the proper
format. With this information and the Chinese month of conception,
the calendar can determine whether a boy or girl is expected.
Since it is easier, simpler and cheaper to use than ultrasound,
the Chinese gender chart is still used today to help determine
the optimal date to give birth to a boy or girl. However,
most often this chart is for entertainment purposes only.
High or Low Gender Prediction
Many of the myths about gender prediction have to do with old wives'
tales. One of the old wives' tales for predicting babies’
genders has to do with the way that women are carrying their babies.
In this particular old wives' tale, if a woman is carrying a baby
“low”, she should expect a boy. If she carries “high”,
she should expect a girl. In reality, this depends on a woman’s
uterine tone, muscle tone and the position of the baby.
Food Cravings Gender Prediction
It is said that the particular food cravings a woman has is caused
by the gender of
her baby. So, craving chocolate or other sweets during pregnancy
would mean that she is going to have a girl, whereas if she craves
sour things like lemons she will have a boy. Of course, pregnancy
cravings have more to do with a combination of nutritional needs
and psychological factors.
Old "Scientific" Methods of Gender Prediction:
old wives' tales used for predicting a baby's gender may even
have been thought to be scientific at one time. For example,
it was thought that the baby's heartbeat could be used to
predict gender. The theory states that if a baby's heart rate
is 140 beats per minute or above, it is a girl. A boy will
have a heart rate below 140. While this seems to be a quick
and easy baby gender prediction method, there is actually
no scientific evidence that this theory is accurate. Medical
research has proven there is no correlation between fetal
heart rate and the gender of the baby.
Other Methods of Gender Prediction:
unscientific but fun gender prediction test is the needle
or wedding ring test. In this test, a woman dangles a needle
or wedding ring over her belly. If the needle or wedding ring
swings in a strong circular motion, she is expecting a girl.
If it moves in a to-and-fro motion like a pendulum, she is
expecting a boy. An alternate version of this baby gender
prediction method is to dangle the needle or wedding ring
over the expectant mom's wrist instead of belly.
Many people also say that an easy way to tell if a woman
is having a boy or girl is to determine if she is more or
less attractive than before she is pregnant. One version is
that if she is less attractive she is having a boy. This is
because of the hormonal mix between the two genders. However,
an opposite translation is that if a woman is less attractive,
she is expecting a girl because the daughter is sucking out
her mom’s beauty.
There are indeed a variety of gender prediction tests that
people have used to determine the gender of their baby before
their baby is born. Some of these tests are unscientific and
fall into the category of myth, while other tests are actually
fairly reliable in terms of gender prediction.
The most reliable gender prediction tests are genetic tests
and prenatal tests done with amniocentesis and chorionic villus
sampling (CVS). However, these sort of invasive tests are
rarely done for the sole purpose of gender prediction, as
there are risks to the mom and baby. An ultrasound is probably
the next most reliable gender prediction test. How reliable
an ultrasound is at gender prediction has to do with a variety
of factors, including the skill and experience of the ultrasound
technician. Done at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, gender
prediction with ultrasound is thought to be between 80-99%
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