The birth of a child is a major life event, but unknown variables lie ahead for parents-to-be, including the baby’s gender and arrival date. Knowing the gender of a baby allows parents to plan ahead, but until the 16th week of pregnancy, it remains a mystery. Throughout human history, people have tried a range of methods to predict whether pregnancies will deliver boys or girls. Many cultures have their own system of foretelling genders, but one of the most popular is the Chinese Gender Predictor Chart.
Each year, the Chinese Farmer’s Almanac publishes the Baby Gender Pregnancy Calendar Chart. Its origin story varies, but the chart’s name in Chinese translates to “Qing Palace Gender Selection Secret Formula.” The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty in China, lasting from 1644 to 1912. The gender predictor chart credited to this dynasty is still used by parents around the globe.
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