Knowing Your Baby’s Gender: Tests That Tell

So you are curious about knowing the gender of your baby? Well this is only natural. The only problem is that there are so many gender tests available that you are bound to find yourself lost as to which one to choose. But how accurate do you need your gender test results to be? You could choose a simple, at home old wives’ tale and just hope the answer is correct or opt for a DNA test or an ultrasound and be almost 100% guaranteed a correct result.

There are a whole range of tests which can be done at home – they are cheap, quick, simple and totally unscientific. Nevertheless, they do have their appeal and many expectant mothers actually enjoy carrying out these tests. The most popular ones include:

The Cabbage test: this must be an all time favorite which results are guaranteed to be 50% accurate. Its origins are very obscure and no one really knows how it came about. However, here is an explanation of how it is carried out. All you need is a red cabbage which you will need to finely chop and place into boiling water. The cabbage-water mixture must be left to simmer for ten minutes and after that, the cabbage strained from the water and the water retained. The purple colored water needs to then be mixed with an equal part of urine. If there is no color change, the baby will be a girl. If, on the other hand, the color changes to red then the baby will be a boy.

The wedding ring test: this test is done by passing a string or a hair through the wedding ring and holding it above the pregnant belly. The movement in which the ring moves should be a telling sign of whether you will have a baby girl or a baby boy. If it swings in circles, you are expecting a baby girl whilst if it sways like a clock pendulum you are expecting a boy. Again, this test is only 50% accurate.

Ultrasounds to discover baby gender

Ultrasounds are accurate at determining baby gender. You will need to undergo an ultrasound anyway at around 19 weeks and at this stage it will be easy to see the sex of the baby with an ultrasound image. It is important that you do not undergo an ultrasound specifically to discover the gender of your baby.- the FDA does not recommended this as it means exposing your baby to unnecessary radiation (although they are far safer than for example X rays as the type of radiation between an ultrasound and X ray are very different)

DNA testing for baby gender

There are two main types of DNA tests that can be used to discover the gender of your baby. Gender testing can be done using a sample of blood or of urine from the mother-to-be. Besides the type of sample used, what also differs is the accuracy. Urine baby gender DNA testing offers 99% accurate results while blood baby gender testing offers a result that varies in accuracy between 85-95%. Both tests can be done at around nine weeks of pregnancy. What scientists do once they receive the blood or urine sample is analyse the genetic material in it to discover whether there is male DNA or not. If the expectant mother is carrying a baby boy, then she will carry male specific Y chromosomes in her blood and urine.