Have you ever tried to predict your baby’s gender while you were pregnant? Some people try the old wedding ring on a string-trick, dangling it over the expectant mum’s glorious bump in the hope that it will spin or waver a certain way to reveal its gender. While that doesn’t sound very accurate, this Chinese Birth Chart actually is rather spot on!
(Before we start, I want to acknowledge that when we use the term gender, we mean the baby’s sex. There is no way of predicting a baby’s gender in utero, but we can often visually identify genitals to confirm a baby’s sex before birth.)
The Chinese Birth Chart is a predictor tool which claims to identify with an alarming degree of accuracy, what gender a baby will be when it’s born. It is also known as the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar and the Chinese Birth Calendar.
Legend has it that the original Chinese Birth Chart was found by a scientist over 700 years ago. It is on display at the Beijing Institute of Science in China.
This copy of the chart is a little less fancy and has clearly done a few laps around the internet. There are other, prettier ones out there but let’s go with this one.
To use the chart correctly, first locate the mother’s age at conception in the column on the left and then look across the top for the month of conception. Where the two intersect there is either the letter M – for male or F – for female.
I thought this might all be a bunch of hooey but after checking the dates for each of my children against the chart ALL FOUR WERE CORRECT! Apparently, it runs at about an 80% accuracy!
Have a go yourself, and see if yours are correct as well!
If you’re as sleep deprived and as crap at maths as me, here are some handy links to help you figure it out:
If you are super interested in this and want to find out more about how to use the Chinese chart predict your baby’s gender more accurately check out The Chinese Baby Calendar’s website. They really get into it over there with more specific yearly charts and stuff.
There are obviously no guarantees here, but it is fun to pop your dates in and see how accurate it was for your family!
How accurate was the chart in predicting your children’s genders?