• How to Predict Your Baby's Gender: Try the Chinese Gender Calendar
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  • After you find out you're pregnant, you probably want to know your baby’s gender. Is your little one a boy or a girl? A doctor can confirm (if your baby "cooperates" during ultrasound) at around 18-20 weeks gestation or four and a half to five months.

    But, if you’re a little excited, one of the fun ways to predict your baby’s gender — aside from lola’s pamahiins — is to use a Chinese gender prediction calendar.

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    The Chinese baby calendar or the Chinese gender chart is said to be more than 700 years old and found stored in an ancient royal tomb in present-day Beijing, China. Another version of the legend says that the chart was used during the time of the Qing Dynasty imperial family as they favored sons who could carry on the family lineage.

    Yes, it is a chart, and it can supposedly tell if you are having a boy or girl by taking into consideration the mom’s age and the month when you conceived (or when you and your hubby made a baby). If you are not pregnant yet, the calendar can also be used to schedule your baby-making to match your desire to have a boy or a girl.

    Curious if it might work for you? Here’s a copy of the chart to see: 

    Now, please don't ask us whether it is accurate or not, but it can be fun. The odds of the calendar’s accuracy is reportedly at 50/50 (though some tout that it’s up to 90% accurate). 

    An inquisitive mom on the Smart Parenting (SP) Village Facebook group tested that theory by creating a poll to see how many baby genders it predicted correctly within the SP mom community. The result? Twenty three said the calendar predicted right, and 22 said the calendar got it wrong. 

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    There are also online tools that can show you results. All you have to do is input your age during conception and the month of conception. Check out the one's from BabyCenter and The Bump.



    Remember, having a “bilog o matulis” bump, becoming more glowing or less so during pregnancy, an ancient chart, or even the color of mom’s pee (yellow for a girl and clear for a boy) can’t really be relied on to accurately predict the gender of your baby. You’ll need to ask your obstetrician gynecologist for that.

    Did the Chinese gender prediction calendar get it right for you? Share in the comments below!

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