Usually, pregnant moms to be are curious about the baby they are carrying, anxious to know if they’ll be painting the nursery pink or blue – and it probably starts the moment they get that positive home pregnancy test. I am admittedly one of those moms. Secretly, I admire the moms who have no desire to know and want it to be a complete surprise. I don’t handle surprises well, so it’s best for me to know ahead of time what I’m getting myself into. (Yes, even after 5 children.)
So, I turn to all the baby gender prediction methods you can find. Some are gender myths, I know that. But, they’re still fun to try, right?
Let’s talk about a few, and then I’ll share one method that I’m almost positive you haven’t heard of. (Unless you know me, in which case I’ve probably shared this gender prediction method with you.)
- The Chinese Gender Chart – Frankly, I hate this darn thing. There are quite a few different versions of it available online, and they’re all different from each other. (To date, I’ve found 3 different charts with 3 very different results.) And, every chart I’ve found has been more wrong than right when it came to the 5 children I have. For me, this method is out. It just doesn’t work.
- The Ring Test – put a gold ring on a string and hold it over your belly. If it rotates, it’s a girl. If it goes back and forth, it’s a boy. I did this test this time around, and the ring rotated then went back and forth. Then, it rotated. Then, it went back and forth again. Unless I’m having twins (which the ultrasounds thus far haven’t indicated so), I really don’t know what to think of this test.
- The Morning Sickness Test – if you get morning sickness very early on in your pregnancy, it’s a girl. If it starts a little later, it’s a boy. Well, this time around, I had morning sickness before I even knew I was pregnant. It’s actually the reason I tested in the first place. I never had much morning sickness with any of my other kids, except Parker, and with him it lasted from week 6 – week 24. It was horrible. Since it started earlier this time, I’m curious to see if it’s right.
- Cravings – If you want sweets, it’s a girl. Meats and savory stuff more for you? Must be a boy. So far with this pregnancy, all I want is fruit. And chocolate. And fruit dipped in chocolate. Yeah, it’s definitely sweets this time around.
- Mom’s looks – I hate this one, because frankly, I think every pregnant woman is gorgeous in her own right. But, they, (whoever they are), say that if mom looks more beautiful than ever, she’s carrying a boy. If mom ain’t looking so hot, it’s a girl, because she’s “stealing” mom’s beauty. Eh. Whatever.
- The Baby’s Heart Rate – If it’s below 140, it’s a boy. Above 140, it’s a girl. This baby’s heart rate has always been in the 170’s, but Zander’s was always above 150, and he is definitely a boy. Not sure how much faith I have in this test, either.
- The Cabbage Test – This is a very fun science experiment to do, if you like that sort of thing. However, the results can be difficult to figure out. Lots of websites give lots of different opinions, and there’s just no way to tell who is right. I did the test, and my test water turned bright pink – almost red. Some say that’s a boy, others say that’s a girl. Not much help, people. We need a little accuracy here. But, it is a fun experiment to do, and the cabbage leaves are great to munch on!
- The IntelliGender Prediction Test – I had a ball with this test. (To win a test for yourself, click here.) I don’t know how accurate my results are since I have PCOS, but it was fun to take. They boast a 90% accuracy rating, so that’s pretty amazing!
- The Hairline Prediction Test – this is the one that you probably haven’t heard of. When I was pregnant with Jace, a friend of mine told me that I was pregnant with another boy, even before I had it confirmed via ultrasound. Then, she explained how she knew. The Hairline Prediction Test is an old Native American Legend that was able to predict the next child in the family line. Note: It cannot predict the first baby, only any babies after the first one. And if there are any miscarriages between babies, the method most likely will not work. However, this method has been eerily accurate for me, and for many, many people that I know. Dying to know how it works? Here goes:
- If this is your second child, look at the back of the neck of your first born. If it’s your 3rd child, look at the back of the neck of your 2nd child. (And so on. For your 8th baby, you’d look at the back of the neck of your 7th.)
- Does the hairline across the back of the neck go straight across, or come to a point?
- If the hairline goes straight across, your baby will be the same gender that your first born is. So, if your first born is a boy, you’ll be having another boy.
- If the hairline goes to a point, your baby will be the opposite gender of what your firstborn is. So, if your first born is a boy, you’ll be having a girl!
- Understand? Because many people get confused. Point = opposite. Straight = same.
- Don’t believe me? Take a look at the hairlines of my first 4 kids:
Comes to a point, that means the next baby will be the opposite gender – a boy.
Goes straight across, so that means the next baby will be the same gender – another boy.
Comes to a point, so again, we’ll have the opposite gender – a girl.
Comes to a point, so the opposite gender again – another boy.
- Parker’s hairline comes to a point, so I would be inclined to believe that means we’ll be having the opposite gender of Parker, meaning we’ll be having a girl. Is it true? I have no idea. And I won’t know for at least 4 more weeks, if not longer. But, so far, this is the only gender prediction method that has been 100% correct for my family each and every time. Try it on your kids, and tell me if it works for you. I’d love to know!
Obviously, there are lots and lots of baby gender prediction methods out there. I’ve only touched on a few of them. Is there a test that’s worked for you more than others? Have any been completely accurate for you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on baby gender prediction. Leave a comment here and let me know what you’ve been crazy enough to try! (Like peeing on boiled cabbage* is crazy.)
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post in any way. It is not sponsored by anyone. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I cannot claim that any of these methods will accurately predict the gender of your unborn child.
*The test in reference is not actually done by peeing on boiled cabbage. There is an entire process to the test, which you can find here.