For centuries, people have been looking for a way to predict the gender of a baby before its birth, and in some cases, before it is conceived. The ancient Chinese believed they had a very accurate method for doing just that.
Why the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar Was Invented
In ancient China, it was considered good business to conceive a boy, rather than a girl. A boy could work on a farm, pull his weight, and later inherit ancestral land. A girl, however, was expected to stay at home until the age of 16 or 17, when she could be married off and become her husbands problem. Until then, she was considered little more than an expense.
Because of this, it is believed Chinese thinkers took a great interest in deducing a scheme to predict the gender of a child, or more importantly, inform those attempting to have a child how best to have a boy. It is this theory that explains the finding of the Chinese Birth Calendar.
Origins of the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
The Calendar, also called the Gender Chart, Birth Calendar, and Pregnancy Calendar, was discovered in a royal tomb, in Beijing, more than 700 years ago, and the original calendar can now be seen at the Beijing Institute of Science in China.
How the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar Works
The way it works is to take into consideration, the mother’s age at conceptions, and the baby’s conception month. The chart has the numerics of the mother’s age along one side, and the months of the year, along the top. To use it, find the mother’s age at conception, and draw a line across until finding the baby’s month of conception. The square found will dictate either boy or girl, and it was believed parents used this method in ancient China to decide when to conceive.
How Accurate Is the Chinese Pregnancy Calendar
The calendar has gained great popularity all over the world, and some claim it to be extraordinarily accurate. However, it likely works on a percentage scale, and should only be used for fun.