If you’re pregnant, you might be one of the approximately 50 to 70% of mums-to-be who want to find out the sex of the baby before it’s born.
Thankfully, in the 21st century, we have ultrasounds that are common-place, and you can usually find out the gender, if you are so inclined, when you do your 18-week scan. While it’s rare for ultrasound technicians to get the sex wrong, it does happen sometimes.
Ask around, everyone knows someone who knows someone who’s sister’s friend’s neighbour had this happen to.
Spare a thought for women in times gone by who didn’t have access to ultrasounds (or even women on internet forums who are impatient and aren’t 18 weeks yet) who had to resort to these unusual and not-so-accurate ways to determine whether they were having a boy or a girl. Quite often they may as well have done eeny-meeny-miny-mo.
1. Chinese gender charts
Said to be more than 700 years old and 90% accurate if you use them properly, the Chinese gender charts will determine if you’re having a boy or a girl based on the month of conception and your age when you conceived – both expressed as dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. Many mothers who have used these charts swear by it. In the interests of science, I found an online Chinese gender calculator and applied it to my three children, who are all girls. I guess two out of three ain’t bad: it predicted two would be girls and one would be a boy.
2. The way you walk
According to the Distaff Gospels – a dodgy collection of Medieval women’s medical “knowledge” – the way you walk when you’re pregnant can determine the gender of your unborn child. If you walk with your right foot first, you’re going to have a boy. If it’s left foot first, then it’s a girl.
3. How you are carrying your bump
Nothing made me roll my eyes more than this one from well-intentioned believers in old wives’ tales when I was pregnant. I repeat, I had three girls. Every bump was different. But people will tell you if you’re carrying high, it’s a girl, or carrying low, it’s a boy. They may also say if you carry in front, it’s a boy, if you carry horizontally, it’s a girl. Look, at lest half of the time, they’re probably right.