Matt and I literally do not care whether our baby is a boy or a girl, but we are dying to find out!! And, just so it’s said, I believe the only way to really get an accurate gender prediction is to visually inspect the child after it is born. But since thats still 6 months away, the next best thing is an ultrasound picture at 20 weeks. But since that is still six whole weeks away, it’s fun to try out these “old wives tales” and other methods of gender prediction to see if maybe one of them gets it right!
1. Chinese Lunar Calendar
Supposedly, this chart was originally found 700 years ago on a Royal tomb near Peking, China. The original copy is kept in the Institute of Science of Peking. The accuracy of this chart is unknown, but its a fun method to use! Directions are simple, chose the mother’s age at conception and the month of conception and the square where those two meet indicates the gender of the baby—blue for boy, pink for girl.
Age 23 and September means we’re supposed to have a boy!
2. Baby’s Heart Rate
One of the popular theories for baby gender prediction is based on the baby’s heart rate. The theory states that if your baby’s heart rate was 140 beats per minute and above, you would be having a girl. If the heart rate was under 140 beats per minute, then you would be having a boy.
Unfortunately, there are literally no studies that support this theory. In fact, in 2006 a study published in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy tells us that analysis of over 500 births proves that fetal heart rate cannot predict whether a baby is a boy or a girl.
Baby’s heart rate = 158 bpm…we’re supposed to have a girl.
3. Old Wives Tales
Here are some of the hilarious “indicators” of baby gender from old wives tales. I’d love to know if any of you have actually heard of these before!
3 boys, 2 girls means we’re having a boy?
I think a fair conclusion is that there’s no way to know until the ultrasound! We don’t have a date for that ultrasound yet, but it will be sometime in late January.
I’d love to hear about any other gender prediction methods that I may not have found, or anything that worked for someone in the past! You can leave those in a comment.