7 Ways to know the gender of your baby

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For some people, the wait to discover their baby’s sex can be nail biting. Whether it’s because of a desire to colour co-ordinate their nursery or because they have certain names in mind, almost 70% of expectant parents find out the sex of their child before birth, rather than waiting for it to be a delivery room surprise. For centuries, different cultures have had their own ways of predicting the sex of a baby. Some, despite having no scientific backing, are even quite reliable. Of course, even the most scientifically reputable

Ultrasound

Undoubtedly the most common way to discover your unborn child’s sex, ultrasounds are a normal part of pregnancy, thereby also making them one of the most convenient ways to get a reputable reading. Of course, that all depends on how much your little one wants to reveal – as it can take a while for them to shift into a position that reveals what’s sitting between their legs. For the most accurate results, book your gender determination scan in Melbourne  between weeks 18 and 26.

Urine test

Gender Prediction Kit based on Urine can be done from the 10th week and it just takes 10 minutes. Regarding accuracy, baby gender test such as Intelligender has been proven to be around 90%.

Chinese gender chart

Chinese gender charts date back over 700 years and are said to be 90% accurate if done professionally. The entire chart is based on the month of conception, the mother’s birthday and how they fit into the Chinese lunar calendar. They’re actually surprisingly popular and many mothers swear by this method as their preferred way to discover their unborn child’s sex.

The Draino Test

While we strongly discourage this, it’s a popular one with many families. If you are to go ahead with it, please do it away from the expectant mother and take into account that it’s not great for the environment. The test itself involves mixing crystal Draino with a small amount of the expectant mother’s urine. The chemical reaction that ensues will reveal the gender: dark brown for boys and no colour change for girls.

Morning Sickness

Although how severe you rate your morning sickness will depend on your own pain threshold and constitution, many people believe that the worse the morning sickness, the more likely it is you’re having a little girl. The science behind this (and we use that term loosely) says that your body is flooded with extra female hormones which can increase the severity of your morning sickness as your body adjusts to them.

Straight up guessing

There’s a 50/50 chance you’ll be right, regardless of what you predict. Some mothers claim they just know what they’re having and are quite often correct in their intuition – we’ve heard endless stories from mothers who decorated their nursery in neutral colours, only to run out at the last minute and buy pink or blue accents and being right in their prediction. There’s nothing inherently wrong with just following a gut feeling, especially if you don’t mind the surprise that comes at the end of nine months.

Amnio and Chorionic Villus Sampling

These tests are often performed during pregnancy if the unborn child is considered to be at a high risk of having genetic or chromosomal abnormalities. Both of these tests will result in a highly accurate sex determination but are unlikely to be offered to you unless your OBGYN believes there is a strong enough reason to perform it, as they are both incredibly invasive and put you at a risk of miscarriage.