The Chinese Pregnancy Calendar is an ancient method in Chinese astrology (dating back over 700 years) that claims to be able to predict the sex of a baby based on the mother's age at conception, and the month of conception. According to this method (whose reliability remains highly controversial), the baby's sex is determined by the combination of the mother's age and the month of conception.
Perhaps you're skeptical and closed to the possibility, or curious and interested in finding out more? Then you've come to the right place: Elia explains what you need to know about the Chinese calendar and the possibility of deducing the baby's sex from it, as well as a reminder of the only reliable methods in the field!
How does the Chinese calendar work?
The Chinese Pregnancy Calendar, also known as the Chinese Lunar Pregnancy Calendar, is an ancient method in Chinese astrology that claims to be able to predict the sex of a future baby based on the mother's age at conception and the month of conception.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is based on a lunar calendar system like theChinese horoscopeused in China for thousands of years. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on a solar year of 365 days, the Chinese calendar is based on a lunar year of 12 lunar cycles, or around 354 days.
The Chinese pregnancy calendar therefore uses a table that combines the mother's age at conception, and the month of conception, to predict the baby's sex. This table is often represented in the form of a grid, with the mother's age in the left-hand column and the month of conception at the top, horizontally.
To use the Chinese pregnancy calendar if you're pregnant, you'll need to know your age(which is easy, admittedly) at the time of conception, as well as the month of conception (be careful, if intercourse took place at the end of the month, doubt s'settles in!) .
The Chinese pregnancy calendar is therefore based on Chinese astrology, which considers that lunar cycles and star positions can influence life events, personality traits and even love compatibility between people. It should be remembered that there is no scientific proof that the Chinese pregnancy calendar actually works to determine the sex of the baby.
How to know s s 'it's a girl or a boy according to the Chinese calendar?
According to the Chinese pregnancy calendar, the sex of the baby can be predicted using a table that links the mother's age at conception and the month of conception. To know whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, you need to find the intersection of the mother's age and the month of conception .
For example, if a woman is 30 years old and the baby was conceived in January, the intersection of the mother's age and the month of conception on the chart indicates that the baby will be a girl. On the other hand, if the same woman conceived in February, the chart reveals that the baby will be a boy! Simplistic? Reductionist? Possibly...
It's important to remember that the accuracy of the Chinese pregnancy calendar in predicting the sex of the baby is absolutely not guaranteed, has no scientific proof and should not be used to "anticipate" the sex of the current baby, or to plan your family! The only reliable methods for finding out the baby's sex are ultrasound, prenatal blood tests and amniocentesis.
Is it a reliable method?
As you may have guessed from reading between the lines, the Chinese pregnancy calendar is a method based on belief systems, not on scientific evidence, but on personal convictions. It may be fun to challenge the Chinese pregnancy calendar to find out the baby's sex, but don't make it an absolute certainty! The options? Precise medical tests, or enjoy the suspense of l...
What other ways are there of finding out your baby's sex?
There are several reliable and proven methods for finding out the baby's sex, each with its own degree of accuracy.
Ultrasound is the most common and reliable method for determining the sex of a baby. During an ultrasound scan, a real-time image of the baby is generated from sound waves reflected by the body's tissues. This image enables health professionals (gynecologists, midwives) to determine the baby's sex with great precision (except in cases where the baby is in a position that makes it impossible to see!) .
Then there are prenatal blood tests, which can be carried out as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, to determine the baby's sex by analyzing the fetal DNA in the mother's blood.
And finally, amniocentesis, a rather invasive medical procedure in which a sample of the amniotic fluid surrounding the baby in the uterus is taken. The amniotic fluid contains fetal cells that can be used to determine the baby's sex.