Chinese gender prediction chart – can it predict your baby’s sex?

The Chinese gender prediction chart can apparently be used to see whether you're pregnant with a boy or girl - but how accurate is it?


Perhaps one of the most fun ways to guess whether you’re going to have a boy or a girl is the Chinese gender prediction chart (also known as the original Chinese birth calendar).


There’s no scientific evidence behind it, but hey, it’s got a 50:50 chance of being right.

How does the Chinese gender prediction chart work?

The Chinese gender prediction chart claims to predict a baby’s sex based on:

  • the mother’s lunar age at conception – the green column on the left
  • the month of conception – the green row at the top.

Your lunar age is your age plus one year, as in Chinese tradition you’re one year old when you’re born.

What’s the Chinese gender prediction chart’s history?

Word goes that the chart was invented by a Chinese scientist around 700 years ago, in the Ching Dynasty and written originally in the Manchu language, but was buried in an ancient tomb.

It found its way into British hands in 1900 where it was translated, later being printed in Austria and then by a Chinese scholar who printed it in Taiwan.

To this day it appears in the Chinese Farmer’s Almanac every year.

How accurate is the Chinese gender prediction chart?

Well  it’s pretty much 50/50 we reckon! And on our forum, mum MissisB has found just that. She says: “I’ve just done it for my 2. It predicted Isla would be a boy!! But it was right in predicting Maya would be a girl.”

While it’s likely there was some method when the chart was put together, it’s not clear what that was and it would have been based on ancient rather than modern science methods.

We’d say – it’s fun to do with friends, but if you do want to name your chickens before they’ve hatched we still reckon waiting for the 20-week scan is a better bet.


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