10 Ways To Determine An Unborn Baby’s Gender Before A Doctor Can

A baby will keep you in eager anticipation for months before he or she reveals the gender, and it's not unusual for an ultrasound sonographer to be wrong even then. Sooner or later, the suspense becomes unbearable, and you start splashing out on pink or blue booties based on a hunch.
Doctors will tell you that gender prediction is a lottery and nothing else, because no-one can truly know what chromozome that one lucky sperm cell carries. But even so, who's to say you can't have a little bit of fun? After all, the results may surprise you.
Here are 10 ways for you to tell ahead of time what type of trouble you're in for, all relating to music to help lodge them firmly into your memory:

1. Aha - Hunting High and Low

As the song suggests, there's a bit of scouting involved in this method, and it's very much a matter of perspective. Take out the compass, dust it off and look south of the border -which, in this case, is the belly button. Old wives' tales say that if the mum-to-be is carrying high, she's in for pink tutus, but if she's carrying low, she'd best bring out the blue bibs. But what happens if you're having twins? Those old wives may not have thought this through. If the lady's front porch is an indistinct bulge, she may be looking at twice as many nappy changes. Or maybe even thrice! In any case, keep in mind that most bumps are low at first, until the baby grows and decides to take up residence upstairs, where the stomach used to be. You may also have heard that babies tend to position themselves lower with each new pregnancy.

2. Roxette - Listen to Your Heart

A handheld Doppler device could point you in the right direction. This fetal heart rate monitor may not be able to give you any visuals, but it will detect and show you your baby's heart rate. Legend has it that damsels' hearts beat faster than 140 bpm, while caballeros like to to play it cool. Who's to say your child isn't just paying extra attention to mum's yoga lessons, or that the mother's not eating too much chocolate and passing the sugar onto her tyke? Nobody. Still if you're not particularly pleased with the heartbeat reading, don't bother pinching the bump to wake the baby up. Even if the little bundle of joy does spend most of the time sleeping, the heart-rate doesn't change that much from one state to the next. It's usually between 120 and 160 beats per minute, and fluctuations aren't really that noticeable because the rate is meant to slow down as the pregnancy advances.
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