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Predicting gender

How can I predict if I am having a boy or girl?

Your best friend swears your bump is so pointy you are obviously having a girl, while your mum keeps telling you that you are 'carrying low' (whatever that means) and are sure to be expecting a boy – but is there really any way of knowing?

At a glance

  • A sonographer can tell you your baby's gender at your anomaly scan
  • You can never be 100% sure until your little one arrives
  • Have fun guessing with some of the old wives tales listed
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Truth is, unless you ask the sonographer to sex your child at your scan (and it is very unlikely they will be able to tell before your anomaly scan at 18-21 weeks anyway), you've really got no way of knowing for sure until d-day (because even sonographers sometimes get it wrong!) – but that doesn't mean you can't have a bit of fun guessing with a few old wives' tales.

Via your wedding ring

Yep, really. You need to hold it over your bump on a thread, and if you are expecting a boy it will move back and forth, if it's a girl it will move in circles. Apparently.

The Chinese birth calender

The Chinese birth calender 'works' by predicting your baby's sex based on your Chinese lunar age at conception, and the lunar month in which you conceived your child. Google it to put it to the test.

Your baby's heart rate

Next time your midwife checks your baby's heart rate, make a note of the figures – rumour has it, if it is under 140 beats per minute, it is definitely a boy. If it's faster, it's a girl. We wouldn't necessarily base our nursery colour scheme on this prediction...

Skull theory

Oooh, a science based one, so it must be true, right? Er, no. But to try it, you'll need to consult your ultrasound pics and check your baby's head shape. Boys apparently have larger, 'blockier' foreheads, while girls' are rounder. This prediction might also effect any hat purchases you make in advance for your newborn.

You've got a lovely little...

Probably the most accurate of them all – the moment you meet your baby for the first time and get to know for certain (although we all surely know of at least ONE dad who mistook the umbilical cord for a willy!)

If you're still playing the guessing game, why not have a bit of fun with our gender predictor? Do come back and let us know on our community pages if it was correct for you!

At a glance

  • A sonographer can tell you your baby's gender at your anomaly scan
  • You can never be 100% sure until your little one arrives
  • Have fun guessing with some of the old wives tales listed
Guessing your baby's gender can be a fun game to include at a baby shower

Mon 1st Jan 12:00 AM

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