These days, many expectant couples choose to find out the sex of their baby at that all-important ultrasound session during the second trimester of their pregnancy. But what if you have decided to go against the norm and wait until your baby is born to find out if it's a boy or a girl?
Even if you have chosen to wait and be surprised at your delivery, there are still fun ways to try and "guess" the sex of your baby-- and you have a 50/50 chance of being right, so why not give it a shot?
Chinese Gender Chart. The Chinese Gender Chart has been around for decades--and it's a fun way to predict of your baby is a boy or a girl. The chart's formula is based on the age the expectant mother is at the time of conception as well as the month that the baby was conceived. Follow the grid to see if you're carrying a boy or a girl (based on that information). There are many versions of the Chinese Gender Chart available on the Internet. It is also sometimes called the "Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor Chart". Some sources say this chart boasts an 80 percent reliability rate, but I wouldn't suggest planning your nursery decor based on the chart's results. It's all in good fun, though. Incidentally, I have 3 children and this chart was correct for one of them, incorrect for one of them, and I'm unsure of the third one (I conceived right at the end of the month, so my conception could have been either of two months, which would affect the chart results).
Baby's Heart rate. When you go for your monthly prenatal exams, the best part is getting to hear your baby's heartbeat. Next time you go, be sure to ask your doctor what the number was. Many people believe that a slower heart rate (less than 150 beats per minute) indicates you're carrying a boy. A higher heart rate means it might just be a girl! This method worked for me-- my daughter's heart rate was much faster than my son's.
Pregnancy Cravings. All women have pregnancy cravings, but are you in tune to what it may mean? If you find yourself desiring sweet treats like ice cream, orange juice and chocolate, then you may be carrying a sweet baby girl. Cravings for meat may mean there's a little boy in your belly! This also rang true for me. When I was pregnant with my daughter, all I craved was ice cream. With my son? Spicy, Italian meatballs!
Other things to look for:
If you find that you have to shave your legs more often during your pregnancy, it may mean a boy. Ditto if you're suddenly noticing some unexplained facial hair. If you're sick as a dog during your pregnancy, you can thank that baby girl that you may be carrying. And if your belly is shaped like a basketball during your pregnancy, you may just be housing the next Shaq in there! If you gain weight "all over", it may mean it's a girl, while carrying just out front (when you don't even look pregnant from behind) is a sign of a boy. Out of all of these "theories", the shape of the belly seems to be the truest, at least in my personal experience.
Have fun guessing!