If you’re like most pregnant women, you ache to know all you can about the tiny person growing inside your body. The more you learn about your baby, the more focused those dreams will become, and gender is a huge factor involved in your baby’s identity. Anxious to know more, many women rely on Old Wives’ Tales, many of which have been debunked as myths. (Well, there are exceptions to every rule. One family kept their baby’s gender a secret even from the grandparents!) If you’re interested in trying to figure out whether you should shop for pink or blue, some of these ideas may help.
Determining Your Baby’s Gender
Some people actually believe that you can determine your baby’s gender, with some degree of proficiency, based on studying your body’s ovulation patterns. (Of course, if you’re already pregnant, this idea is out, at least this time around!) According to one review of the book How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum B. Shettles, this “useful tool” has an 80% success rate. Replete with personal success stories, 108 of the 159 Amazon reviewers to date gave this book 5 stars. Many claim that it has had a 100% success rate as per their experience.
Predicting Your Baby’s Gender
Some Old Wives’ Tales include how a woman carries (high, for girls; low, for boys), how a ring on a string moves (circular, for girls; side-to-side for boys), and how high the baby’s heart rate is (over 140, for girls; under 140, for boys). It might be fun to record the outcomes of those and other gender “tests” in your baby book or journal, along with the results from this online gender quiz or a Chinese birth calendar that some claim to have a 93% chance at being accurate. A slightly more means of “bridg[ing] the curiosity gap between conception and sonogram” involves a urine test that can be used as early as 10 weeks. However, all those so-called predictors are largely guesswork, and like your answer to a True-or-False question, they have a 50/50 chance of being right.
Letting Others Guess Your Baby’s Gender
The idea of an office-wide baby pool has been given an upgrade! Your friends and family can now weigh in on their opinions regarding your baby’s gender, as well as other vital stats, and they can put their money where their mouth is, too. This site allows you to create custom pool topics, while this one lets contributors donate money to your baby fund as well as earn monetary winnings for good guesses.
Since you’ll probably be getting more than your fair share of opinions and advice, anyway, this might be a fun way for your loved ones to share their ideas in a memorable (and printable!) way.
While trying to determine and predict your baby’s gender can be a fun way of anticipating his or her arrival, you’ll probably get a peek during a 20-week ultrasound, anyway. Then, you can start shopping for pink or blue.
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