I will preface this post by saying that my husband and I are choosing to not find out the gender of our child until it graces us with his or her presence.
It's pretty much the number one question I get asked by well-meaning people at the moment.
I don't mind answering that we both are looking forward to the surprise; no, it doesn't make it impossible to prepare; yes, we are sure that we don't want to know; no, we won't be changing our mind on this. Someone once said, tongue-in-cheek, that not knowing the gender makes you push harder, and I like that idea.
Anyway, other than the 20-week anatomy scan that we've got coming up soon, there are a few other ways that people swear you can predict the gender before a baby is born.
Just for a bit of fun, I thought I'd check them all out and see if there's a pattern.
How's the heart rate?
The theory: If the baby's heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute, you're expecting a boy. If it's over 140, you're having a girl.
My results: My baby's heart rate has consistently been more than 155-160bmp.
The theory: The sicker you are, the more likely it is that the baby is girl.
My results: While nauseous for the first 13 weeks, I never actually threw up so I wouldn't really say I was 'sick' (especially compared to some ladies!).
The glowing skin test
The theory: If your skin is smoother and better than ever, it's a boy. If you're breaking out all over, it's a girl.
My results: I've always had bad skin, but strangely, for me, it has been somewhat behaving of late. A welcome side effect of pregnancy indeed.
Baking powder and wees test
Urine + two tablespoons of baking powder in a glass. If it fizzes like a shaken soft drink or the head of a beer, it's a boy. If there's no reaction, it's a girl.
My results: Firstly, ew gross. Secondly, I got over the grossness and did it. It fizzed up like absolute crazy! Quite the science experiment.
Does your bump hang low?
The higher you're carrying, the more chance it is a girl. If it's low, it's a boy.
My results: It's early days but I appear to be carrying low, and at my last midwife appointment, she mentioned it was low.
Pies or cake? If you're craving savoury stuff like cheese, bread and chips, it's a boy. If you're crazing sweet things, it's a girl.
My results: I am a savoury fiend, so I would have to say I'd go savoury for this. But I have had weird one-off intense cravings for certain sweet things. (For example, yesterday I could not get the picture of a huge piece of moist chocolate gateaux cake out of my head. Mmm, cake).
Prediction: Boy (going on the majority of cravings)
If your chest has exploded in size, there's more chance of a girl. If it hasn't changed dramatically, it's a boy.
My results: I had big boobs to start with, but they have gone up at least a size already and appear to be fuller than ever before.
Chinese gender prediction
Harking back to ancient times, this theory involves consulting this chart and working out your age at conception and the month of conception.
My results: At 30 years old, I conceived around the end of January or start of February, both of which have the same results regardless.
Got cold feet?
Apparently if your feet are extra cold, it can be a sign that your baby is a boy.
My results: I am living in my slippers, to the point I jump out of the shower and straight into my slippers ... sometimes without drying my feet off because they're so cold. But then again, I've always had cold feet.
Overall, anyone who has had a baby and tried these predictor tests will tell you that, of course, there's a 50/50 chance of getting them right or wrong.
There are tonnes of other 'predictors' too - the cabbage wees test, the even/odd Mayan system, the garlic test, the key pickup test (one of the weirder ones!), headaches, moods ...
The one I haven't done yet but might give a whirl at some stage for a laugh is the wedding ring test. You just get someone to tie a wedding ring to some string and hold it above your belly. If it goes in a circle, it's a girl. If it swings back and forward, it's a boy.
But overall, one of the biggest predictors, they say, is a woman's gut instinct.
From the moment we found out we were pregnant, both myself and my husband thought it was a boy, which was strange because there is a huge bias towards girls in my husband's profession.
As the weeks pass, however, I'm starting to think it might be a girl ... but maybe that's just me prepping myself for all outcomes.
Either way, it'll be one or the other. Probably.