8 Common Gender Prediction Methods
Saturday, June 20th, 2015
One of the exciting parts of pregnancy is deciding if you will be finding out the gender early. If that’s a yes, the second exciting part is finding out if you’re expecting a boy or a girl. For many, the anticipation and waiting until after the 20 week anatomy scan – or longer – can be such a wait that we look to other ways that we can help predict the gender.
We originally didn’t want to find out early with our 4th child. Having two girls and a boy already, either gender would be welcome — it was a true “just want a healthy baby” wish. It wasn’t until our kids expressed their preference for a particular gender that we decided, that if baby would allow, we would find out the gender at that anatomy scan ultrasound.
If you’re finding yourself curious about the gender of your growing baby, there are a lot of non-medical (and non-guaranteed!) ways that some people use to help predict the gender.
I have always found that I’m very curious about the gender of the baby before the halfway mark of the pregnancy could make things more clear. I would daydream about the gender, think about the potential names, and think about the true hunch that I have. I would think about what our family would look like with the extra member. I have never gone a whole pregnancy without getting some sort of medical confirmation for the gender of the baby and it’s been fun to see if my predictions were right.
If you’re finding yourself curious about the gender of your growing baby, there are a lot of different, non-medical ways that some people use to predict the gender. I am not sure if they’re accurate, but some of them would be fun to try earlier on, so you can later see if they were right in predicting the gender of your soon-to-be-born baby.
Genetic testing or ultrasound: This is by far the most accurate way of predicting the baby’s gender. While ultrasound is not always 100% accurate, if you do genetic testing, that’s rarely ever misleading. All the gender predicting ultrasounds have been correct for my babies.
Wedding ring test: This one is just so bizarre to me. I’m not sure where it originated, but it makes no real, logical sense. The theory is that you take off your wedding ring and tie it to a string. Hold the string over your belly – if it swings in a circle, it’s a boy but if it swings back and forth, you’re expecting a girl.
Your skin: I have found this prediction method to be accurate in my case as well. The theory being that the extra hormones in your system as a result of carrying a girl increases your chances of developing acne and other skin breakouts, while a boy tends to not have that same effect.
Carrying high or low: If you’ve got a high belly, according to this gender prediction belief, you are expecting a girl. If you’re carrying low, you’ll have a boy on your hands soon. For me, I have carried differently for each pregnancy and it sometimes just depends on the way the baby is laying.