Expectant mothers will try some weird things to predict the gender of their unborn baby.
Realistically the only true way to know the gender of your baby is to wait until birth and check if out first hand.
Until then, the non-invasive prenatal DND and 20 weeks ultrasound scans can give a pretty accurate predication of gender, although it’s not 100% guaranteed.
But mums to be can be a curious bunch with many of us hanging in suspense at finding out whether a pink or a blue bundle is on the cards. Who can wait all those months and weeks anyways?
That’s when we turn to the weird and wonderful at-home gender predication tests. 100% legit and accurate (okay, maybe not 100%).
1. The ring test.
Get mum to lie on the floor and suspend her wedding ring from a piece of thread or string. Hold it high above the bump. If the ring starts circling, it’s a boy. If the ring swings back and forth, a girl is on the way.
2. The bi-carb test.
Just when you thought you’d done enough peeing on things, comes the bi-carb test. It has to do with the acidity (or lack there of) in a preg-nant woman’s urine. Basically, you wee in a cup (you should be familiar with that) and add a tablespoon of bi-carb soda to it.
If the mixture starts to fizz, you’re having a boy. If there is no fizz, girl! I confess to doing this one with my current preg-nancy. I was told I was having a girl, and it was right.
Yep, more peeing on stuff.
This time, add a tablespoon of draino (found in the cleaning aisle of the supermarket) to your wee. If it changes colour to green you should start shopping for pink stuff. If it shows blue, it’s boy stuff for you.
4. Cabbage Test.
Ready? More wee!
Buy yourself a red cabbage next time you’re at the green grocer. Boil it up and save the water. Next time you get the call of nature, mix some of the cabbage juice in with your urine. If it looks pink in colour, it’s a girl and if it looks more purple, it’s a boy.
The old wives tale says that if you crave more sweet things than savoury, a little princess is on the way.
I’m unsure of what the predication is if you just ate a bag of doritos in ice-cream. I have one confused little baby.
6. Key test.
Ask a pre-gnant woman to pick up a key. If she grabs the narrow end, it’s said that she is preg-nant with a daughter. If mum to be goes to pick up the key by the rounded end, she’s due with a boy.
7. Bump position.
Apparently, the way you carry your baby bump can be used to determine bub’s gender. Women who are expecting boys are said to carry lower, where as mums who are having pink babies are rocking higher bumps.
8. The nub test.
I actually tried this and didn’t get anywhere but as with most preg-nancy issues, there are forums upon forums of women asking others about ‘the nub’.
The idea behind the nub theory is that your 12 week ultrasound photos could show you the gender of hub, but not in the way you think. It’s all about the nub (which both boys and girls have at this age. In girls, the nub shrinks and retreats and in boys the nub develops into a pen1s).
The angle of the nub is what you need to focus on. If the nub of baby is pointed up 30 degrees or more, it’s apparently a boy. If the nub is not pointing high, it’s a girl.