Can reflexology predict if my baby’s a boy or girl?
How do you do the reflexology gender prediction test? And how accurate is it?
You can tell the sex of your unborn baby by looking at your feet. At least, that's what reflexologists say. If your left foot looks 'fatter' in a particular place, just by the arch, you're having a girl; if the right foot looks fatter at that same place, you're having a boy.
We know, from posts on our forum, that this reflexology gender test is becoming more and more popular – joining nub theory, skull theory, the Chinese gender prediction chart and a dozen old wives' tales involving everything from rings on bits of string to baking soda, as one of the fun tests you can take when you're pregnant to find out, before your 20-week scan, whether you're expecting a girl or a boy.
So how do you do the reflexology gender test?
You'll need to take your shoes and socks off and sit on the floor. Then, as mum-to-be Louloubee explains in a post on our forum, "You put the soles of your feet together. Then look at both feet and you’ll have a lump on either the right or left foot.
"To find it, you have to look between your heel and the arch of your foot. And one side will be fatter than the other: you can usually feel and see the difference.
"If it's on your left foot. it’s a girl, or on the right foot, it’s a boy. And it’s like 90% correct... Mine says boy! We’ll find out soon..."
Fellow forum mum-to-be LMC19xx posted up a picture of her feet (below), positioned for the reflexology gender test. Looks to us like it's predicting a boy, don't you think?
How exactly can a bump on your foot predict your baby’s sex?
It doesn't seem immediately obvious, does it? So, we spoke to Andrea Hurst, the Reflexology Guru who's been featured in Vogue and recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow.
She explained that in reflexology (an alternative therapy centred around applying pressure to specific areas of the body), practitioners follow a 'map' of the foot. Using this map, each part of the foot represents an organ or body part, and the area for the uterus and ovaries is centred over the area from the base of the heel to the ankle bone.
"And, in our understanding," says Andrea, "the left side of the body is regarded as feminine and the right side as masculine. So yes, it can be useful to apply this thought process to help identify whether a woman is carrying a girl or boy in her pregnancy."
How accurate is it?
Reflexologist Andrea is confident that this test is super-accurate. "The origins of this understanding go back to ancient history," she says, "and have probably been somewhat diluted over time but still remain to be around 90% accurate."
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We have to say that, in the absence of any real evidence, we're not quite so convinced. But we reckon it's at least 50% accurate and it's definitely one of the easiest and most interesting gender-prediction tests we've heard about.
Do you fancy giving it a try? Please do tell us in the comments whether your left or right foot looks "fatter" in the special spot – and if the prediction you get from this test matches up with any other gender prediction test you've tried.
We'll let you know when LMC19xx and Louloubee find out if their predicted boys turn out to be actual boys...
Janet is mum to two children aged 6 & 9 and a great-Aunt too. She began writing early, penning her first book aged just 7. She has published 2 books
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