It is always interesting to find out myths and old wives’ tales about conception before or after you conceive. Everyone knows the ring test during pregnancy, where depending on how the ring swings determines what gender you are having or the Drano test. However an interesting and new (to me at least) way of determining gender is the Mayan method, which is number based. According to this, you take the number of the year in which the conception occurs and the number in the age of the mother to determine whether you will have a boy or a girl. If the two numbers are even or odd you’re having a girl. But if you have one odd or one even, then you’re having a boy. While this took a little calculation on my part, I decided to try it to see how applicable it was.
Here are the numbers with my pregnancy. I was just shy of 24th birthday when I got pregnant which made me 23 and we conceived in 2007. According to the Mayan method, I should have welcomed a bouncing baby girl into the world but the ultrasound we took in September told us to expect a boy and when the day came the ultrasound won as we welcomed our son into the world. So, obviously this method didn’t work for me. But here are a couple of other stories to see if it does work.
My birth could be another example of how it doesn’t work. I was conceived in the later part of 1982 and my mother was 35 when she conceived me (she turned 36 the month before my birthday). One odd and one even number resulted in a girl in this case (that would be me), when it should have resulted in a boy. Even with my sister this method is flawed; she was 22 when she conceived in my niece and she was born in December of 2001. However there are some cases in which I know this method worked. My close friend conceived her child in late 2004 when she was just shy of her 21st birthday and this resulted in a boy, which is the way it is suppose to happen according to the Mayan method. My mother was 30 when she got pregnant with my sister and my sister was born in November of 1978 which would have put her conception date around the beginning of the year; two even numbers resulting in a baby girl.
Although it does work in some cases, this method, in my experience is mostly flawed. In fact, in my case it seems to be that you actually have is the opposite of what you should have. This method is not scientific at all though; it is in reality just a fun numbers game so if you’re trying to find out the gender of the baby, remember the only surefire way to know is when you have the baby as ultrasound’s not infallible. But this method will no doubt cause some fun when you use it to try to figure out what you are having. After all you have to remember you have a 50/50 chance of being right!!