Predicting the gender of babies in the womb: what would you even call that?
I mean, is it an art form?
Is it voodoo?
Is it a scam? Who would want to scam you on that one?
It’s not medicine, obviously. But then again, why not, right? Medicine ain’t all that fail-proof the last time I looked.
See, for as long as there have been babies popping out of moms there have been people claiming they know a way to tell you straight up if it’s a boy or a girl in there. From the Appalachian Mountains to the far-flung corners of China, plenty of folks since the beginning of time have been saying that they could stare into a bowl of lady pee or swing a ring over a woman’s palm and, with a little concentration, they can spill the beans on one of nature’s best kept secrets.
I don’t doubt that some can, either. After all, a cliche is a cliche because it’s mostly true. And let’s be blunt here: people playing around with other people’s pee-pee must have some kind of idea of what they’re doing, don’t you think?
So the other day on the way back from an ultrasound that revealed the sensational news that we are to be the parents of a bouncing baby boy come March, 2014, we both got to talking about all of these different kinds of folky gender tests. And in the course of the discussion we decided to try them out, after the fact.
In other words, with the answer already scribbled on the back of our hand (BOY!) we set out to see how bunch of these ‘tests’ fared when put to the … uhhhh … test.
And you just might be surprised at the results we came up with. We certainly were. We tried out 7 gender prediction tests: the 7 most popular old wives tales including a bit of ancient numerology as well as some peepee handling and ring swingin’. Click onward to see which tests passed the … test. Final results are in the last image.
Baking Soda 1 of 9
Pour your urine into clear cup containing two tablespoons of baking soda. If it fizzles like soda it means boy, flat means girl. Full disclosure, this is not my urine. Mine didn't produce quite the fizz that this sample did but it was still fairly fizzy.
Result = BOY
Score one for the Baking Soda test.
Image source: chooseyourbabygendernaturally.blogspot.com
Red Cabbage 2 of 9
So the red cabbage test is simple. Buy yourself a head of red cabbage and chop it up. Put the chunks in a bowl and dump boiling water over the whole thing. Let it sit for ten minutes. Strain out the cabbage and dump the water into a clear glass.
Red Cabbage Part II 3 of 9
Here's what it will look like: blue-ish. Pee in a separate container. You want equal parts cabbage water and urine. Dump one into the other and wait.
Red Cabbage Result 4 of 9
If it turns red or pink, it's a boy; if it turns violet, it's a girl. We had a very clear answer, which, I have to admit, shocked me. I had watched a couple of tests on YouTube and the results were always a darkish color. Knowing I'm having a boy, I was shocked to see such clear confirmation of that with the cabbage test.
Result = BOY.
Ring on a String 5 of 9
My son's babysitter was adamant about doing this test on me before we learned the sex of our baby. You tie a string around your wedding ring and hold it over top of your belly (or wrist). If the ring moves in circles, supposedly it's a girl. If it moves from side to side, it's a boy. My babysitter, Cindi, says she has an excellent track record of predicting babies. Cindi performed the test and was certain I was carrying a boy. She was right.
Result = BOY
A win for the ring on a string.
The Even/Odd Mayan System 6 of 9
Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby's sex by looking at the mother's age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it's a girl. If one's even and one's odd, it's a boy. We conceived in 2013, and I am 36 years old. One even, one odd.
Result = BOY.
So, while the Mayans may not be so hot at predicting the end of the world, they're spot on, as far as I'm concerned, at predicting your baby's sex.
Chinese Calendar 7 of 9
This chart, found in an ancient royal tomb in Beijing, is said to be over 90% accurate in predicting your baby's gender. Basically you figure your age at conception and the month of conception. The calendar converts it, and you have your answer. It told me I was having a girl. Click here if you want to try it out!
Result = GIRL.
I guess we're in that 10% margin of error? Fail for the Chinese calendar.
Drano 8 of 9
Pee in a cup, mix in a tablespoon of Drano and watch to see if it changes color. Have a friend or your spouse do this one for you outside as the result produces dangerous fumes. Green = girl, and blue = boy. I tried this. My pee didn't change color but stayed yellow. I can only assume I have bionic pee.
Result = INDETERMINATE
Acne 9 of 9
They say that girls steal their mother's beauty, so a woman carrying a girl tends to have acne. I've enjoyed a couple months run of being acne-free. There are a slew of other physical signs on a woman that indicate boy or girl. Take a look here and see what you think.
Result = BOY
No spots equals spot on!
5 Tests Indicated Boy
1 Test Indicated Girl
1 Test Indeterminate
Veddy, veddy interesting for a couple who generally chalks up all of these old wives' tales as the stuff of nonsense.
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