There are countless ‘tests’ and legends out there to help you find out what gender your baby might be. The following is a guest post describing two entertaining legends/’tests’ that you could try for fun, as well as the method of urine/blood DNA testing. Click for more on determining the gender of your baby, and is ultrasound always right?
Do you have any fun, non-scientific methods that you or your grandma swear by? Please POST them in the comments section!
A briefing of Baby Gender Testing
There are those moms to be who prefer to wait for 9 months to discover the gender of their baby, there are other moms who just want to know as soon as possible. Luckily for those mothers who want to know the gender of their baby, there are a range of tests available to help them. Some of these tests are endorsed by the scientific community whilst other popular gender tests are not. Let’s take a little peak into the various tests available that can help quash and eliminate that lingering curiosity.
The Cabbage Test
The Cabbage test is a very popular at home baby gender test. Of course many mothers will vouch to its accuracy and how well it worked out for them. We must, despite this, remember that any gender test has a once chance out of every two (or a 50% probability) of providing you with the right answer, this especially given the simple fact that the baby can only be one of two sexes, male or female.
Here is how the cabbage test works
First of all you will need a pot of water and a red cabbage. The test will not work with green cabbage as it is a chemical in the red pigment that causes the reaction in the test. This chemical is not present in green cabbage.
Cut the cabbage into small chunks and place in the boiling water (around 400 ML). Allow this to stand for around ten minutes and then strain the resulting colored solution. Keep the solution and you may bin the cabbage or perhaps eat it. Now take a fixed volume of red cabbage solution and mix it with an equal volume of urine. Instantly, you will get a color change which will tell you whether you will have a baby boy or baby girl.
The color changes are as follows: A color ranging from pink to red indicates a boy whilst purple indicates a girl. Of course, there is room for misinterpretation as color changes may be somewhat subjective (perhaps influenced by whether we actually want a baby boy or baby girl).
This test is really a “just for fun test” and the resulting color change is not due to the gender of the baby you are carrying but to a chemical reaction between a chemical in urine and a chemical in the cabbage solution. Depending on the concentration of the chemical in the urine, the color change results.
The Drano test
Drano is a well known brand in USA. It is a drain cleaner which is made up of a very caustic and alkaline chemical known as sodium hydroxide. In fact, due to the corrosive nature of the chemical and the fumes emitted, it may be somewhat dangerous for a pregnant woman to be handling. Alas, it must be said that with caution, there should not be issues. All you need to do is mix some Drano with a sample of urine and observe the color change. During the reaction quite a bit of heat will be emitted so any vessel containing the solution could get pretty hot. You should give it a few minutes to cool down. Moreover, a lot of thick, white fumes will also be given off. These fumes are quite toxic besides being rather irritating to the nasal passages and throat which means that the test must be carried out outside.
Now the spectrum of color changes with the Drano test is quite big: Any shades of brown, black, yellow or blue mean you will have a baby boy. Greenish brown or no color change indicates a girl. Again, results may not always be very clear cut. What looks like a greenish brown solution to one person may look more like a brown to another.
Experts have discounted this test stating that the reaction and color change is nothing to do with the baby’s gender but rather to a chemical reaction between a urine component and sodium hydroxide.
For the most accurate results you can for an actual DNA test. A baby gender DNA test can either be done using urine samples or blood samples. Both these tests are very accurate although the more accurate test is the urine test which can be purchased online and in some pharmacies. Analysis of either a maternal urine sample or blood sample can enable laboratory analysts to detect and confirm the presence of male DNA (if the mother is carrying a baby boy). If she is carrying a baby girl, then of course there will be not male DNA in the sample. Baby gender DNA tests can be carried out at 9 weeks following the first day of the last menstrual period. Alternatively, you could just hold off till your 20 week anatomy ultrasound to discover the gender of your baby.
Helen Burns is a maternity nurse who now works as a full time mother whilst putting her nursing career on hold. In her free time Helen writes articles about pregnancy, prenatal tests and several aspects of genetics. Many articles by the author can be found at: www.dnatest.ie