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Thanks to modern ultrasound technology, pregnant mothers can find out the gender
or sex of their unborn baby. However, many eager parents still delight in predicting
baby's gender before birth through superstitions and folklore. If you're curious
to know whether you're carrying a baby boy or baby girl, try this interesting quiz
– old wives tales and myths on guessing baby's gender – and have tons of fun!
Baby Boy or Girl?
1. Wedding Ring Test
The wedding ring test is among the most popular method for guessing baby's sex. To
try the wedding ring test, remove your ring (a pin or needle works just as well)
and attach it to a string. Lie down comfortably on a bed and suspend it still over
your bulging belly. If your wedding ring moves constantly in a circular motion, you're
having a baby boy. If it swings from side to side like a pendulum, there's a little
girl growing inside you!
2. Heart Rate of Your baby
Many believed that the fetal heart rate can detect the sex of an unborn child. A
sluggish heart rate that stays primarily below 140 beats per minute indicates a boy
growing inside your belly bump. In contrast, your baby would be girl if its heartbeat
registers above 140.
3. Food Cravings
Look at your food cravings during pregnancy. Are you craving for protein-rich, spicy,
salty or sour foods such as meat, cheese and pickles? If so, you're pregnant with
a boy. On the other hand, if you prefer sweet foods such as cookies, chocolates and
fruits, you're producing a daughter. However, if you crave for both sweet and sour
stuff, it may be more challenging to determine the sex of your baby.
4. Shape of Your Belly
Many believers of old wives' tales say to look at your tummy in the mirror. If your
growing belly resembles a beach ball stuffed up your shirt, or if it is higher up
from your abdomen, you'll be having a son. And, if you carry it low, your stomach
looks round and feel really bloated all the time, a little girl is on the way.
Interestingly, a purple/brownish stripe (also known as Linea Nigra) down the middle
of the belly to your pubic area also indicates a boy. If the vertical line runs from
your pubic area to your belly button only, get ready to paint the nursery pink!
5. Urine in Drano Test
Another myth that surround baby gender prediction is the drano/draino test. Here's
how to do drano test. Place 2 tablespoons of crystal Drano to a medium-sized glass
jar (to be discarded) and add about 2-3 ounces of your first morning urine.
There's a bubbling, smelly chemical reaction when you add your pee, so stay away
from the glass jar while the fumes are being produced.
When it stops bubbling, examine the resulting color of the mixture. A brownish color
within the first 10 seconds means a boy. And, if there's no darkening or color change
after 10-15 seconds, say hello to a baby girl.
Be warned that Drano test for predicting baby gender is not recommended. It can cause
severe burns when come in contact with the skin, and the fumes released during the
test is potentially harmful to both the pregnant mother and her unborn child.
6. Body Hair
Some say that rapid pregnancy-induced body hair growth could means you're expecting
a baby boy. So if a mother-to-be shaves less frequently, she's said to be waiting
for the arrival of a baby girl.
Also, if you notice thinner and duller hair during pregnancy, your baby is a girl.
Thicker, glossier and beautiful locks say a boy.
7. Chinese Fertility Chart
This method of predicting baby gender is also very popular. The chart, which can
be found on numerous online fertility sites, uses mother's age at the time of conception
and the month the baby was conceived to determine gender.
That being said, an ultrasound remains the most reliable way to predict a baby's
gender. However, factors such as gestational age of the baby, the baby's position
and even fetal movement during the ultrasound may affect its accuracy.