(painting by Samantha Callahan)
Fertility has been a long held mystery throughout many civilizations. Each one lending their own history, traditions, and superstitions as to how to conceive a child. In an age when so many couples have turned to scientific methods to procreate, others revisit more traditional methods. In my quest for creating a baby girl, in the most non-invasive and natural way, I have considered many non scientific avenues. I do believe that the Universe responds when you place all of your thoughts and energy in one specific direction. Even if theses methods haven't been scientifically measured or proven, it couldn't hurt putting some good vibes out there right?
Chinese Birth Chart
There are a slew of websites that include information about this ancient method. Most of them assert that over 700 years ago this chart was discovered buried in a Chinese tomb. Since the Chinese are the oldest surviving civilization in the world they might be able to lend some insight as to how the sex of your baby is chosen. This method is based on two factors: the lunar age of the mother at the time of conception and the month of conception.This would mean that all women who are the same age and conceive in the same month would have a child of the same sex. Studies have shown this to be a little more then 50% effective, which seems to be just as good as flipping a coin, or letting nature take its course.
This process might be a little confusing if you don't know your lunar age. I avoided the confusion by using this site Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor. It automatically calculates your lunar age for you and gives you the prediction according to the chart.
If you are inclined to use the chart yourself (pictured below) I will give you an easy tip to determine your lunar age.
If the Chinese New Year has not passed yet, for the current year, add 1 year to your age. Once the Chinese New Year has passed, for the current year, add 2 years to your age.
Example: My birthday is Oct 23. In 2009 I turned 28, which would currently make me 29 lunar years old. On the Chinese New Year (February 14, 2010) I will be 30 lunar years old.
The Chinese count your day of birth as year 1. Which means on your 1st Birthday you will turn 2, and then on the Chinese New Year you will turn 3, and so on.
After the Chinese New Year has passed on Sunday I will be 30 lunar years old and according to this chart, if I conceive in the next 8 months I will have a girl! Here's hoping.
Ni Hao from Boyland,