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How Do You Predict Your Baby's Sex?

You get a positive pregnancy test and two seconds later start wondering if you’ll have a boy or girl.

And then you realise you’ll have to wait an age to find out what flavour your baby is. 

You usually find out the sex of your baby at your 20-week scan but if you’re desperate and really can’t hold on, here are a few ways you (might) be able to predict the sex of your baby. 

This is all for fun so please don’t take it too seriously and max out your credit card buying a whole wardrobe of pink. 

I’ve gone off a food

Disgusted by your favourite ice cream flavour? According to this old wives' tale you’re more likely to be carrying a boy if you go off your favourite food. 

I see a…

Some people think you can predict your baby’s sex from the 12-week scan. But you’ve got to be a bit of an ultrasound expert. You need to spot the nub between their legs (the genital tubercle). If it’s more or less horizontal to their spine, you could have a girl in there. Steeper angle from the spine? Then it's a boy (apparently). 

Chinese charts


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Another popular method to predict your baby's sex during the early stages of pregnancy is by using the ancient Chinese birth chart. All you do is find your age when you conceived (top row) and match it with your month of conception (left row). The box where both rows meet shows whether you’re having a boy or a girl.

I want strawberries! 

If you can’t get enough sweets and fruits, you’re having a baby girl. Craving Giant Wotsits and chicken nuggets? You might have a boy on the way.   

Mayan calendar

The Mayans developed a sex prediction calendar that you can try out. First, note down your age at the time of conception. Then figure out the number of the month of conception. For example, February is the second month of the year. So, its number is 2. If both the numbers (your age and the month) are even or odd, it's a girl. If one is even and the other is odd, it's a boy. Honest. 

The ring test

Get your wedding ring or any other ring and string it on a necklace. Next, place it over your tummy and wait for it to move on its own. If it swings back and forth in a straight line, you’re expecting a baby girl. If it moves around in circles, you’re probably having a baby boy.

Found that useful? Read How to pick your baby’s name.

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