Before the ultrasound technology was invented, our folks only depended on two things in determining the gender of their babies: wait for the baby to come out and consult traditional methods. Thanks to modern technology, mothers-to-be can now determine the gender of their baby as early as the six or seventh month of pregnancy. Despite this, there are still a lot of women today who turn to conventional methods and just for the fun of it more often than not.
One of the most popular methods used to predict the gender of the baby is by looking at physical signs such as the size and shape of the mother's bump or by observing physiological changes the mother is going through like vomiting in the morning or craving for certain types of food.
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According to tradition, it's going to be a boy if:
- The mother does not experience morning sickness
- She doesn't look pregnant from behind
- The baby's position is high
- The mother's breasts have not grown much
- The mother is beautiful as ever
- The shape of the mother's nose has changed (usually grows bigger)
- The mother's stomach is as round as a basketball
It's going to be a girl if:
- The baby is carried low
- The mother's breasts have grown bigger dramatically
- The mother experiences morning sickness
- The mother doesn't suffer from headaches
- The mother obviously looks pregnant even from behind
- It seems the baby is stealing the beauty of the mother
- The mother's urine is pale in color
Another very popular method of predicting baby's gender is using a pendulum. There are different versions to this method, but the principle is the same. The mother gets a thread and ties the other end to the end of a pencil or to a ring. The pendulum is then placed at least two inches above the stomach or the wrist of the mother. If the pendulum swings in circle, the baby is a boy. The baby is a girl if the pendulum swings back and forth or sideways.
Perhaps the most popular method in predicting a baby's gender is using the astrologically-based Chinese Birth Gender Chart. According to this method, the gender of the baby can be determined by using the mother's age at the time of conception and the month the baby will be conceived. A lot of mothers claim that the chart is 100% accurate, while others say it's only around 55% accurate. Perhaps the best way mothers can get an accurate result using this method is by finding the right chart.
People love superstitions so whether you like it or not, they will continue to use traditional methods. There is no harm in trying out these traditional methods after all. If you want to be a hundred percent accurate about the gender of your baby, however, you should go and have an ultrasound test at around the seventh month of your pregnancy.