Parents have been searching for a reliable baby gender predictor for hundreds of years. In fact, wanting to know the gender of your child early in pregnancy has been important for most of human history; Especially in the times when having a son had substantially different implications for a family than having a daughter.
It’s no wonder then that there are so many legends, urban myths and emerging technologies purporting to predict the gender of your baby early in pregnancy.
Today we will be taking a look at the most popular of these methods, breaking them down and rating their effectiveness.
Are they myths? Or truth? Read on and find out.
Chinese Gender Predictor/Chinese Method.
This may be the most popular of all gender predictor tests out there. Type “Gender predictor” into Google and you will find literally hundreds and thousands of websites and apps using this method. When my wife and I were pregnant with our younger son a good friend of ours even predicted we would have a boy using this method (Yes he was right, no that isn’t conclusive evidence).
So what is the Chinese method for gender prediction?
What is Chinese Gender Prediction?
What we do know about the Chinese Gender Predictor method is mostly what we don’t know. We don’t know really where it was first developed, whether it’s even authentically Chinese, how it became popularized or any research that validates it.
Legends abound that the method is hundreds of years old, used by imperial families to ensure the birth of sons and held in secret vaults. What seems more likely is that it’s simply yet another piece of folklore passed down from generation to generation. The Chinese attribution is likely an attempt to add “Mysticism” to the idea.
Is The Chinese Gender Prediction Method Accurate?
As to whether the Chinese method is accurate, the answer is a very firm NO.
In 2006 a Swedish researcher put the Chinese method to the test and found is to be no better than chance at predicting baby gender. Other studies have since confirmed this finding.
It’s certainly fun to play around with tools such as the Chinese gender predictor method, but at the end of the day you should take the results with a VERY small grain of salt.
Cravings To Predict Gender of Baby.
A lot of moms-to-be will be told that they must be carrying a boy if they crave meat and cheese and salt and a girl if they want sugar and sweets.
This is clearly not the case as food cravings are thought to be influenced by vitamin and mineral deficiencies (In some cases) or merely whims of the brain’s pleasure center.
There has never been any data to indicate that the type of cravings a mother experiences have anything to do with her baby’s gender.
The Intercourse Timing Method.
This old standby of the baby gender predictor lineup has been tested by an actual scientist and…
You guessed it: Not accurate at all.
So go ahead… try for a baby whenever the mood strikes.
DNA Blood Tests.
We covered this in our article on the Sneak Peek gender DNA test.
DNA blood tests are nearly 100% accurate in laboratory settings. It’s important to realize that DNA testing is incredibly easy to contaminate.
If you decide to use one of these tests, please remember to follow the instructions exactly as they are written in order to receive an accurate result.
It comes as no surprise to us that the only way to accurately predict a baby’s gender is through DNA testing or anatomy ultrasound.
Although the more mythical gender prediction methods may be a lot of fun, there’s simply no science to back them up.
So if you want to have fun, have fun and use a Chinese gender predictor. . .
. . . Just don’t paint the nursery yet.