Can’t wait for your 20-week scan to find out if you’re expecting team blue or team pink? Try these fun tests to predict your baby’s gender in the meantime. By Lisa Witepski
Hands up, who has threaded a ring through a strand of hair and swung it over their bump? Come on, admit it. As much as we know that there’s no verdict as reliable as a gynae’s scan when it comes to your baby’s gender, it’s still fun to try these (slightly left-of-centre) predictors. Let us know if they’re on target!
Can’t wait to find out if you’re expecting a boy or girl? Try these fun ways to predict your baby’s gender:
1. The cabbage test
Just in case you haven’t had enough of peeing on sticks, the cabbage test suggests you urinate on a boiled cabbage. Does the vegetable turn pink? You’ve got it – you should be checking out girls’ names. Purple, and it’s a little guy on the way.
2. Decode your cravings
If you find yourself longing for salted caramel ice cream or red velvet cupcakes more than usual, you might be having a girl. Feta and pickles on the menu? Salty cravings are usually a sign the baby’s a boy, according to old wives’ tales.
3. The garlic test
One myth suggests that eating a clove of garlic can tell you the sex of your baby. Apparently, women carrying boys will smell like a pizzeria over the following days. If you’re lucky to escape the pong, it’s a girl on board.
4. The numbers game
The Mayans had a thing for numbers. They believed that if you added the mother’s age and the year of conception and reached an odd number, the baby would be a boy. An even number means it’s a girl.
5. The hairline test
If you’ve already have a little one, you might want to try the Native Americans’ hairline test for the gender of number two. If your child’s hairline comes to a point in a widow’s peak, you’ll end up with a pigeon pair. If the hairline goes straight across, you’re in for another baby of the same gender.
6. The key test
Apparently, if someone asks you to pick up a key and you hold it by the rounded end, you’ll soon be holding your son. Pick it up by the narrow end which goes into the lock, and you can get ready to welcome your daughter.
*Please note that these tests are not scientifically accurate and only for fun.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.