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5 ways to tell your baby’s sex — scientific or silly?

May 9, 2016

5 ways to tell your baby’s sex — scientific or silly?

I have had three children and each time I was pregnant, I was determined to discover the sex of my baby before I went in for that first ultrasound at 20 weeks. Obviously, I am not a patient woman.

There were a few supposed tried-and-true mythical methods I could turn to find out if I was having a boy or a girl. However, each of my pregnancies was very different and had I relied on these old wives' tales, at least one of my three girls (yes, I had all girls) would have had to be happy in a very blue nursery.

So, while fun, the following five methods are most likely mere folly:

1. The wedding ring test. Tie your wedding ring to a thread, lie down and have someone dangle the ring above your pregnant belly. If the ring swings in a circle, you've got a bouncing baby boy on the way. If it swings side to side, you've been blessed with a baby girl.

2. How sick are you? Feeling more green than pink or blue? If you are suffering from morning sickness, you're likely to have a girl.

3. Baby got belly. How are you carrying your baby? If your stomach looks like a watermelon positioned high, you're having a girl. A low, round basketball-like belly means you're having a boy.

4. Do you glow or grimace? Legend has it that you have a gorgeous glow and are much happier when carrying a boy, and are a grumpy hot mess with dull hair and acne-covered skin when you're having a girl.

5. The beat of baby's heart. If your baby's heartbeat is slower than 140 beats per minute in utero, you're having a boy. Faster than 140 beats per minute means, you've got a girl on the way.

Some may still swear by them, but these methods all appear to be myths. Research has shown that they are as accurate as flipping a coin, meaning you have a 50-50 chance of getting the right answer, which makes sense because there are only two possible results.

"The truth is that these tests are not scientifically accurate," says Dr. Craig Saffer, an OBGYN and medical director of minimally invasive surgery at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

"A woman can find out the gender of her baby after 10 weeks with non-invasive prenatal testing. This blood test is done to check for chromosomal anomalies but can also determine the baby's sex," he says. Or, you can simply check the genitals after birth.

"That last one is usually a pretty accurate way."

Jen Spengler is a marketing specialist with Sharp HealthCare and the mother of three girls.

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