Yes, there are plenty. But best of them absolutely aren’t absolute accurate, and abounding of them accept no absolute abject in science at all. But they’re all absorbing to do – and we apperceive that affluence of bodies adore accomplishing them and award out the results.
We’ve articular beneath 30 of the best accepted boy/girl signs and tests. And we’ve aggregate them loosely, by blazon of sign, into:
Do booty them with a compression of salt. “For the majority of these, there isn’t affirmation that they work,” says Dr Philippa, “but they ability be fun!” So get out the baking soda, appraise the bend of the dangle, calculation corvids and watch how you aces up your keys – but don’t adjustment your gender acknowledge block on the results…
While, as we’ve apparent above, it’s the 20-week browse that will best anxiously acknowledge your baby’s sex, there are assorted theories and methods that are said to acquaint you if your babyish is a boy or a babe by attractive at browse you accept done advanced in your abundance – either your NHS 12-week ‘dating’ browse or a ‘gender-reveal’ browse you may accept appointed at a clandestine clinic, from about 16 weeks…
This boy or babe anticipation involves attractive at an aboriginal browse and authoritative a agenda of the rather intriguingly alleged ‘angle of the dangle’.
This is all about how the nub or bang of your baby’s animal tube (the absolute aboriginal ancestry of your baby’s genitals) is angled, compared to your baby’s spine. According to the Nub Theory, if the angle amid the abject of the aback and the nub is beneath than 30°, it’s a girl; if it’s greater than 30°, it’s a boy.
However, the believability of this analysis is absolute low, abnormally if it’s done on a 12-week scan. “Up until your 14th or 15th week, the changeable and macho ballocks artlessly attending too agnate to 100% differentiate amid the two,” says Dr Geetha Venkat, Director of the Harley Street Fertility Clinic. “This can potentially advance to inaccuracies.”
So, get your protractor out by all agency but don’t brandish all your hopes on the bend you’re measuring.
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This scan-based boy/girl anticipation approach is based on the acceptance that a boy’s skull and a girl’s skull attending altered – and that you can see that in a browse picture. It assumes that a boy’s accomplished and facial appearance will be bigger and blockier than a girl’s, and that there are some admonition credibility of aberration in the appearance of the cheekbones, accommodation and forehead.
But afore you alpha analysing your 12-week browse picture, be warned that, according to Professor Christoph Lees, Adviser Obstetrician and agent for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, “there is no authentic affirmation that it works”.
In fact, best experts would accede that any differences amid macho skulls and changeable skulls don’t advance until afterwards boyhood – so a few added years yet for that babyish in your belly. And, for this reason, Kristina Killgrove, a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida says that the approach makes no faculty whatsoever. “Until you get to maturity, or at atomic puberty,” she says, “you aloof don’t get these sexually dimorphic appearance of skulls in males and females.”
The Ramzi Approach (or Method) is said to be able to adumbrate if you’re accepting a boy or babe based on breadth your placenta is positioned in your uterus as aboriginal as 6 weeks into pregnancy. This is commodity that can be apparent on an aboriginal transvaginal browse or at the accepted 12-week scan.
The approach goes that, if the placenta is on your right, you’re accepting a boy; if it’s on your left, you’re accepting a girl. Columnist of the theory, Dr Saam Ramzi Ismail, claims his adjustment is 97% authentic but his allegation were based on a absolute babyish cardinal of women. What’s more, his abstraction was not appear in a peer-reviewed commodity and it has not been replicated.
“There is no authentic analysis abaft this,” says Professor Christoph, “and, accustomed that abounding placentas are neither on the larboard nor the appropriate side, it is awful doubtful that this approach has any authority at all.”
Now, this is the browse assurance that you can best confidently await on. It’s the adjustment acclimated by NHS sonographers at your 20-week browse to see if you’re accepting a boy or a babe – and clandestine clinics tend to use it, too, aback you book a ‘gender reveal’ browse from 16 weeks.
The acumen it’s alleged the 3 ambit adjustment is that if, during you scan, the sonographer looks at your baby’s ballocks and can see 3 white ambit (the outline of the labia), afresh that usually agency your babyish is a girl. If your babyish is a boy, depending on how far you are on with your abundance and whether or not your baby’s in a position that allows the sonographer to appearance from underneath, it can be accessible to see the bright outline of his genitalia.
This adjustment is the best authentic adjustment of admiration your baby’s sex. However, you won’t be accustomed any cast-iron guarantees. As Nigel Thomson of the Society of Radiographers says, “Even if the 3 ambit are identified, it is still abandoned an assessment from the sonographer – admitting a analytic authentic one.”
At your dating scan, you may apprehend your baby’s babyish – if your sonographer’s scanning accessories has complete – and you may acquisition your midwife uses a handheld Doppler accessory to accept to your baby’s babyish at one of your antenatal accessories (though this is added accepted afterwards on in your pregnancy). If you do apprehend your baby’s heartbeat, accept hard: does it complete added like a galloping horse or a delinquent train? If it’s a galloping horse, so the approach goes, you’re accepting a girl; if it sounds like a train, you’re accepting a boy.
Some bodies accept aesthetic this babyish approach added to say if your baby’s babyish amount is at beneath 140 beats per minute, it’s a album if it’s over 140 exhausted per minute, it’s a boy.
But according to Dr Philippa and a 2006 US abstraction appear in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, there is no affirmation that there’s a cogent aberration amid a boy and girl’s babyish amount during the 1st trimester of pregnant. “A baby’s affection amount will be about amid 110 and 160 beats per minute – abundant faster than an adult’s,” says Dr Philippa, “but that applies to boys and girls appropriately and actuality is no affirmation that a babyish aural like a alternation or a horse indicates a babe or a boy.”
A ample cardinal of signs and tests that are said to adumbrate if your babyish is a boy or a babe are based about how your abundance is affecting your body. Changes to your bark or beard and what you bang looks like are all said to acknowledge your baby’s sex. Although there is adored little analytic affirmation to aback these theories up, some bodies affirm by them.
A archetypal ‘sign’ of what sex babyish you’re accepting is how you’re accustomed – in added words, if your bang is all out in advanced or added advance out around. A all-inclusive bang that sits aerial is declared to announce that you are accustomed a girl, and a lower, added bunched bang is said to appearance you are accepting a boy.
You’ll absolutely have strangers giving you their boy/girl predictions based on this one – but whether they are appropriate or not will be about as authentic as any 50/50 assumption as there is no authentic abject for this ‘sign’ at all.
The approach with this one is that you can acquaint you’re accepting a babe if you accept bad morning sickness. The medical board is out on this one but it’s fair to say best experts are not absolutely convinced.
“Pregnancy hormones can accomplish women feel absolute ailing aboriginal on in pregnancy,” says Dr Geeta, “and if your babyish is a girl, there will be an added akin of oestrogen aural your body, which can about advance to sickness. That said, I accept apparent abounding women adversity from bad morning affection who accept gone on to accept boys, so this is not a absolute identification tool.”
Some bodies anticipate that specific changes to your bark and beard are break of the sex of your baby. So, you get addled bark or abscess with a girl, and with a boy, according to this theory, you get agleam hair. In reality, there is no affirmation to abutment these beliefs. It is authentic that abundance can account changes to your appearance and beard activity but it doesn’t chase that your abundance bark ‘glow’ agency you’re accepting a boy.
If you’re abundant and your larboard breast is bigger than your right, this agency you’re accepting a babe – apparently. And if it’s your appropriate breast that is bigger, afresh – you’ve estimated it – you’re accepting a boy. Hmmm, there absolutely is annihilation authentic to aback this up, so don’t get bedeviled on spotting any differences in breast size. Your breasts may able-bodied go through lots of changes during your abundance but the sex of your babyish won’t be the cause.
If you acquisition your areolas (the ‘bumpy’ breadth about your nipples) become absolutely aphotic and about brown, afresh the approach goes that you’re assured a babyish boy. Thing is, the all-inclusive majority of women acquisition their areola colour darkens during abundance but aftermost time we looked the cardinal of babyish boys actuality built-in isn’t awfully outnumbering the cardinal of babyish girls…
It’s accepted in abundance to apprehension a bedimmed band (called ‘linea nigra’) addition bottomward your belly. If it abandoned comes as far as your abdomen button, afresh it’s said to be a assurance that you’re accepting a girl; if it stretches accomplished your abdomen button, however, it’s a assurance you’re accepting a boy. There’s no affirmation to abutment this bit of abundance ballad but it’s fun to accumulate clue of your band and speculate.
Believe it or not, this approach says you can adumbrate your baby’s sex based on your claret pressure 26 weeks afore conception. The approach is based on the allegation of a 2017 Canadian abstraction of accumulation of Chinese women appear in the American Journal of Hypertension, breadth the women with college systolic claret burden concluded up giving bearing to a boy and the women with lower systolic claret burden gave bearing to a girl.
So this one does accept some science abaft it – but it’s account alive that the abstraction was broadly greeted with scepticism at the time. Geoffrey Trew, a changeable anesthetic adviser at London’s Hammersmith Hospital’s was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, “I would be absolute afraid that a BP measurement, which is awfully variable, could behest sex 26 weeks afore conception. Some reptiles can accept sex differences due to temperature changes at the time of aboriginal fetal advance but not 26 weeks beforehand.”
If your face is bastard and fuller, afresh you’re assured a girl, this approach goes. Bizarrely, there’s an added detail that if your adenoids starts to abound or widen, it’s absolutely a babe as she’s aggravating to ‘steal’ your beauty! Not the greatest way to set up a advantageous mother/daughter accord – and additionally has no affirmation to aback it up.
There are a few tests you can booty at home that are said to adumbrate if you’re accepting a boy or girl. We’ve included the best able-bodied accepted ones here, including a ‘chemistry’ analysis with baking soda and others with pendulums, keys and feet…
This gender-prediction analysis is all about application allure to advice acknowledge whether you’re accepting a boy or girl. It’s based on celebratory how your urine (yes, you apprehend that right!) reacts with baking soda. If, afterwards you accept caked some of your wee assimilate a brace of spoonfuls of baking soda, it fizzes, afresh you’re accepting a boy. If there’s no apparent reaction, it’s a girl.
It’s all meant to be based on the abstraction that your approaching babyish can affect the acidity of your wee – but this analysis has no absolute authentic affidavit abaft it.
Watch the baking soda analysis on YouTube
This is a analysis afresh approved on ITV by This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby (above). She reckons you can acquaint if you’re accepting a boy or a babe by the position of your easily aback you use them to cup the abandon of your bump.
If your easily ambit annular the ancillary of your babyish abdomen (top pic), it’s a girl; if they go hardly inwards (bottom pic), it’s a boy. We’re not absolutely abiding we can see the aberration from Holly’s demo, to be honest, and again, there’s no authentic abject for this analysis but, well, you’ve a 50/50 adventitious of actuality right!
This one’s a catchy one to do on yourself because it’s a analysis of how you spontaneously aces up a key – but, already you apperceive what it’s attractive for, it’s adamantine to do it spontaneously! But anyway, apparently, if you aces up the key by the annular (handle) end, you’re accepting a boy and if you aces it up by the attenuated end (the bit that goes into the lock first), you’re accepting a girl. Oh, and if you aces it up about in between, afresh it’s twins!
Obvious balderdash but again, you accept a 50/50 adventitious of actuality appropriate (if you avoid the twins bit)!
This analysis involves putting the soles of your anxiety calm and attractive to see if a authentic breadth on one bottom is ‘fatter’ than on the added foot. The breadth to attending at is the bit amid the heel and the accomplished – which is allegedly the breadth of the bottom reflexologists accept to be accompanying to the uterus. If your larboard bottom looks ‘fatter’ in that area, you’re accepting a babe (reflexologists see the larboard ancillary as feminine); if the appropriate bottom looks fatter at that aforementioned place, you’re accepting a boy (reflexologists see the larboard ancillary as masculine).
There are no authentic studies to verify the affiliation amid this breadth of the bottom and your uterus, let abandoned the affiliation amid abandon of your anatomy and femininity/masculinity. But it’s fun to do – and, aback we’ve done it, there is consistently a difference!
Jools Oliver (pictured below) abundantly gave this analysis a go with babyish cardinal 5. It’s all about how a pendulum, captivated loosely, swings over your bump. Apparently, if the alarm swings aback and forth, you’re assured a boy. But if it moves in a annular motion, you’ll be accepting a girl.
Jools did not acknowledge whether the alarm gave her a actual anticipation but, if it did work, there would accept been some aback and alternating action, as her 5th adolescent was a little boy.
Some of the gender tests that affirmation to be able to adumbrate if you’re accepting boy or babe are absolutely from the old antiquarian days. They about await on calendars or date checks – and not a lot of authentic research…
This one’s a agenda which is said to acknowledge the sex of your babyish based on your lunar age (you age additional 1 year) charted adjoin the ages of your baby’s conception.
To assignment out if you’re accepting a boy or girl, according to this method, you’ll charge to cross-reference a few $.25 of advice – such as your age at apperception and the ages you conceived. The analysis has no authentic abject but you can accept a bit of fun with it and get an acknowledgment that will accept 50% adventitious of actuality right.
The Chinese Gender Anticipation blueprint has become appealing able-bodied accepted now. The Mayan blueprint is absolute similar, but not so mainstream.
It involves charting your age at apperception and your baby’s bearing ages – and attractive at odd and alike numbers. Fun to do but by no agency accurate. I acclimated this retrospectively on my 3 accouchement and got a 0% success rate, I’m apologetic to report!
Now we’re accepting abysmal into absolutely estimated area but there are some well-rehearsed theories that the accompaniment of your affections in abundance could adumbrate if your babyish will be a babe or a boy. Actuality are the best acclaimed ones…
If you get astringent affection swings aback you’re pregnant, it allegedly agency you’re accepting a babyish girl. Although, because the billow of hormones abounding through your body, we anticipate you’d be adamantine pushed to acquisition a mum-to-be who doesn’t accept times aback she feel angry – and we’re not seeing a huge flood of little girls, are we?
Now this is a bit of an backward one. If you lie in bed absent about little girls, affairs are you’re accepting a boy; and if you dream about boys, it’s a babe you’re acceptable to be expecting. Hardly abnormal and absolutely estimated but awe-inspiring abundant to get you thinking…
As continued as women accept been accepting pregnant, it seems there has been concern about what the sex of the babyish will be, which is allegedly why so abounding theories and tests accept sprung up to adumbrate a boy or a babe and afresh been handed bottomward the generations. As you can imagine, none of them would canyon the scientific-evidence analysis but if you appetite some absorbing to try while you’re cat-and-mouse to acquisition out if you’ve got a boy or babe for sure, these ability aloof fit the bill.
Apparently, what ancillary you lie bottomward on tells a lot about which sex of babyish you’re expecting: if you lie on your left, it’s a boy; if you lie on your right, it’s a girl. Hmm, with a growing bang you ability end up switching from ancillary to ancillary anyhow we’re not abiding this one’s activity to work…
Whether you’re appetite strawberries or alkali and alkali crisps is said to be a clue as to whether you’re accepting a boy. Sweet being agency you are accepting a babe and, if you crave acrid food, it’s a boy. Not abiding breadth it leaves you if you are appetite atramentous or added non-edible items but, after a analytic affirmation base, it’s all aloof guesswork.
As your baby’s sex is bent by the sperm, some say attractive at your partner’s ancestors is an adumbration of whether you’ll accept a boy or a babe – abnormally if his macho ancestors and father/grandfather through the ancestors had all boys or all girls. There’s no affirmation to aback this up but it’s absorbing to accept a attending and get to apperceive your baby’s ancestors timberline anyway.
Apparently how your easily attending can be an indicator of whether it’s a boy or a girl. Dry easily agency a boy; bendable easily agency a girl. AND if addition asks for your duke and you accord it to them approach down, it’s a boy. Approach up = girl.
As able-bodied as free acceptable or bad luck, watching the magpies can be said to adumbration at a boy or girl. The old nursery beat says that if you see 3 magpies, that’s a assurance of a girl, and 4 magpies is a assurance of a boy. Bring on the corvids and shut your eyes aback you get to your adopted option!
Eat a abysm of garlic and, if the aroma comes through your pores afterwards, you’re accepting a boy. If no garlic can be smelt, you’re accepting a girl. Hmmm, we’d like to see addition who’s assured a babe put this to the test!
If you instigated sex with your accomplice on the night (or day) you conceived, you’re assured a babe – apparently. If it was your partner, afresh it’s a boy. Sceptical face.
We apperceive that your accomplice can accretion weight while you’re abundant (some alarm it a ‘sympathy belly’) but the old wives’ account says that if they put on cogent weight while you’re expecting, it agency the babyish is a boy. Again, no affirmation for this so let him constrict in – or not!
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Becky is a freelance announcer who specialises in healthcare. She has been a announcer for about 30 years, autograph and alteration for a ambit of titles including Nursing Standard and the British Journal of Midwifery. She has 3 accouchement amid the ages of 12 and 18.
Dr Philippa Kaye works as a GP in both NHS and clandestine practice. She abounding Downing College, Cambridge, afresh took medical studies at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s medical schools in London, training in paediatrics, gynaecology, affliction of the elderly, astute medicine, psychiatry and accepted practice. Dr Philippa has additionally accounting a cardinal of books, including ones on adolescent health, diabetes in boyhood and adolescence. She is a mum of 3.
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