Today, for those who wish to know whether they will have a baby boy or girl, there is baby gender DNA testing. We can now steer clear of Chinese calendars and cabbage tests if we want accurate results. The two main methods are either an ultrasound test or a gender DNA test.

In the older days pregnant woman would only rely on the possibility of guessing the baby’s gender. In fact one of the old wives tales method uses cabbages to guess the baby gender.

Ultimately the only real thing that determines whether you will have a baby boy or baby girl boils down to science. It is at the moment of fertilisation of the egg that the sex of the unborn child is determined. A sperm cell with a dominant Y Chromosome would make the baby develop into a boy whilst a sperm cell a dominant X Chromosome would make the baby developing to a girl.

Expecting a mother needs to wait until the second trimester before proceeding with an ultrasound scan or a baby gender DNA test. This short wait could prove to be quite stressful for some. That is why many who come across this old wives tale would still try it even though it offers on the accuracy of 55%.

An outcome is obtained from observing a change of colour in the liquid obtained from a boiled chopped red cabbage. You mix 450 ml of water with the chopped red cabbage and boil it for 11 minutes. You proceed in mixing equal parts of concentrated urine, preferably the morning one, with the boiled mixture.

If you feel it turns into a red colour and then it means that it’s a boy it turns into a pink colour then it means that it’s a girl. This change in colour is a simple reaction to the pH level of the urine and doesn’t necessarily indicate the sex of the child. In fact conflicting old wives tales exsist indicating opposing answers to the colour outcome.

What doctors say about the cabbage test

There is no conclusive opinion given by any medical practitioner on this test. Many state that it’s natural for mother’s urine to vary in pH level. There is no scientific evidence that a variation in the pH level of the mother’s urine indicates the sex of the unborn child. If asked a doctor would say that the most accurate test is the ultrasound test.

Surfing the Internet you could also possibly come across a variety of websites that claim to help you determine the gender of your baby. These websites use Quizzes with particular questions regarding various aspects of your pregnancy to help determine the gender of your baby.

Gender DNA testing – The latest technology available

Scientists in a laboratory, through a process called Polymerase Chain Reaction, are able to determine the sex of an unborn child through a gender DNA test. This process enables scientists to determine the presence of the Y Chromosome, which is the male Chromosome, in either a blood or urine sample of the pregnant mother. It is said that a urine sample would give the most accurate result. The gender DNA test can be carried out in an accredited testing laboratory.