Are you pregnant and still do not know if the baby you are expecting will be a boy or a girl? Can’t wait any longer and would you like to know now? We detail the homemade methods to know the sex of the baby and we also explain what the scientific methods are.
Without a doubt, one of the great illusions of future parents during pregnancy is knowing the sex of the baby they are expecting. Many parents choose not to know the sex of the baby until it is born, but for most, knowing if the baby they are expecting is a boy or a girl is very important and they want to know it as soon as possible. Normally, the sex of the baby is usually not known until the four months of the pregnancy. But what if you want to know before?
There are some homemade methods that, although they have no scientific basis, are often used to predict the sexuality of the baby. We detail them below and we also explain what are the scientific methods that doctors use to know if the baby you are giving birth is a boy or a girl.
Homemade methods to find out the sex of the baby
It should be remembered that these homemade methods are part of popular beliefs when predicting what the baby’s sex will be. So you should take it as a game as they have no scientific basis.
- The heartbeat. It is believed that if the baby’s heart beats more than 140 times per minute it is a girl and if it does it fewer times it is a boy. Take note of this when you have your next ultrasound.
- The red cabbage test. You must boil a cabbage, save the cooking water and mix it with a few drops of your urine. If the water turns purple, you will have a boy, and if it turns pink, a girl.
- The ring test. This trick is to tie a rope around a ring that means something to you and lie down. Next, you should ask your partner, family member, or friend to hold the string of the ring over your belly. If the string swings from side to side like a pendulum, you expect a child. Instead, if the twine sways in circular motions, it will be a girl.
- Garlic. This trick requires some will power as it involves eating a clove of garlic. If after doing so, you notice that your skin gives off a bad smell, your baby will be a child. On the other hand, if you do not give off any smell, it will be a girl.
- The Chinese Table. This table of ancestral tradition determines, taking into account the age of the mother and the month in which the baby is conceived, the sex of the baby. There is also the Mayan table to predict the sex of the child, which also combines the age of the mother and the month in which you have become pregnant.
- The lunar calendar. One of the most popular home methods to know the sex of the baby, which takes into account the date of the day of its conception, something difficult to verify in women with irregular menstrual cycles.
- The shape of the belly. Although it lacks scientific support, one of the most used methods by grandmothers, aunts and all kinds of relatives when guessing whether the baby will be a boy or a girl is to look at the shape of the belly. It is said that if it is round, it will be a girl, and if it is pointed, a boy.
- Morning sickness It is said that if you are very nauseous during pregnancy it is because you are expecting a girl and if you barely have a boy.
- The shape of your face. The grandmothers say that if you have a round face shape, you could be expecting a girl and, instead, if you have it as always, a boy.
- The cravings. It is another way of knowing, according to popular beliefs, the sex of the baby. Do you feel like eating sweet or salty things? It is said that if you fancy how sweet it is it will be a girl and if you fancy what is salty, boy.
- The colour of your nipples. If you notice that your nipples have become darker during pregnancy, it may be because you are expecting a child. If they don’t change colour, a girl.
- The hair on the legs. It is believed that if the hair that grows on your legs or other parts of your body during pregnancy does it quickly, it is because you are expecting a child and therefore you have extra testosterone.
- The gipsy formula. You must add your age with the month in which you became pregnant. If it is even, it is a boy, if it is odd, it is a girl.
- Feet temperature. This simple method consists of observing if during the pregnancy you have frozen feet, which means that you are expecting a boy, or warm, a girl.
Scientific methods to find out the sex of the baby
- The blood tests. It is one of the most common methods to determine the sex of the baby and consists of drawing a blood sample from the future mother to analyze the DNA fragments that come from the fetus. Starting from the seventh week of pregnancy, the presence of these fragments in the mother’s blood is sufficient to determine whether the fetus carries the Y chromosome (boy) or X (girl).
- The amniocentesis. It is an invasive test that is carried out to detect congenital problems in the baby, such as Down syndrome, and which also allows knowing their sex. The test involves removing the amniotic fluid with fetal cells.
- The ultrasound. It is the best-known method when determining the sex of the baby. Typically, ultrasound is used to view the baby’s image and anatomy, which also helps identify its sex. From the 20th week of pregnancy, and depending on the position of the fetus in the belly, the baby’s genitalia can begin to be seen to determine if it will be a boy or a girl.
- The placenta. Through the position of the placenta in relation to the fetus, known as the Ramzi method, the sex of the baby can be determined from the first ultrasound.
- The chorionic villus sampling. It is an invasive test similar to amniocentesis, the main objective of which is to diagnose genetic disorders, which is carried out during the third month of pregnancy. It consists of the extraction and analysis of a sample of the tissue that surrounds the fetus and the placenta. This sample contains the same genetic makeup as the baby’s cells and can reveal its sex.