I’ve just been browsing MyPregnancyGuide.com and discovered a fascinating tool. It’s a chart for determining your unborn baby’s gender–something they call the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar. Amazing! All you do is find the mother’s age, in the column headers, find the month of conception, down the row headers, and the intersection of that column and that row specifies a gender. The article about the calendar says that there have been studies to prove the chart to be 97% accurate. Not bad, when you consider the fact that they have a 50% chance of getting it wrong. Who of us doesn’t get curious about the gender of that unknown little person inside an expectant mother’s belly, especially if the mother hasn’t had an ultrasound or the ultrasound has been inconclusive? Everybody has an opinion on the matter, whether determined by the shape of the mother’s belly, how high or low the baby is riding, or the level of misery the mother is maintaining throughout the pregnancy. At least, here’s something in writing that makes a determination, without leaving any room for hedging bets, before or after the baby is born.
There’s one catch to this predictor: As simple as the instructions are, they don’t specify whether you’re supposed to use the mother’s age at the point of conception or at the birth of the baby, which can make a significant difference. My guess is that you would go with her age at the point of conception, since the only other factor involved in the whole prediction has to do with conception.
You have to wonder about things like this–who came up with the concept, and how, in the world, did he or she (or they, for that matter) manage to get it onto paper (or, if you think through the chronology specified in the article, tablets of some kind or papyrus, maybe?)? Then, why did it get buried in a tomb? These are things that make you go “hmmmm” . . . .
As it turns out, MyPregnancyGuide.com isn’t just about pregnancy. They cover all kinds of information, tips, and resources for preconception, straight on through motherhood, with other tidbits, from a baby shower guide (helpful for even those who are not expecting or ever plan to be) to what appears to be a fill-in-the-blank free baby website (that would be a free website, not a free baby). So many possibilities . . . . So little time! It is nice to have so much all in one place–saves a whole lot of browsing that, often as not, leads down way too many rabbit trails to ever be productive. Whoever is running this site has done the research for you, and compiled all their findings at one URL, with lots of links to other sites they recommend. It looks as though the only link they’re missing is one to an ice cream company that caters to expectant parents, new parents, couples considering becoming parents . . . coupons . . . free samples . . . .