How to Use the Chinese Birth Chart

Use This Ancient Method to Predict Your Baby's Gender

Nurses and parents massage newborn babies at Xining Children Hospital on May 17, 2006
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While modern day technologies like ultrasounds help determine the sex of a baby, there are also traditional ways of guessing the answer to this exciting question. For hundreds of years, the Chinese birth chart has helped many expecting couples predict whether they are having a boy or a girl.

Unlike ultrasounds that require 4 to 5 months of pregnancy before the baby's sex can be ascertained, the Chinese birth chart lets couples immediately predict their baby's gender once it is conceived.

If you're an overly curious couple dying to know if the baby room should be painted blue or pink, learn how to use this traditional chart!

Where the Chinese Birth Chart Comes From

Invented during the Qing Dynasty, the Chinese birth chart has been used for over 300 years. The chart was kept by royal eunichs and only used by nobles and concubines.

When the Eight Nation Alliance entered China in the late Qing Dynasty, military forces took the chart. The Chinese birth chart was taken to England where it was translated into English for the King’s sole use until it was later disclosed to the public.

Accuracy

The Chinese birth chart is based on factors such as the Five Elementsyin and yang, and the lunar calendar. With proponents claiming that the Chinese birth chart is highly accurate, you should take these predictions with a grain of salt. Even ultrasounds can be wrong! 

How To Use the Chinese Birth Chart

The first step is to convert Western calendar months to lunar calendar months.

Then, locate the lunar month of conception. After that, figure out the age of the mother at the time of conception.

Using these two pieces of information on the chart, you can now use the chart. The intersection of the month of conception and the mother’s age at the time of conception on the chart reveals the predicted sex of the baby.

For example, a 30-year-old woman who conceived in lunar January 2011 (February 2011 in the Western calendar) is predicted to have a boy. 

Use the Chinese birth chart below to guess the sex of your soon-to-be newborn!

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDec
18GirlBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyBoy
19BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyGirlGirl
20GirlBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyGirlBoyBoy
21BoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirl
22GirlBoyBoyGirlGirlGirlGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlGirl
23BoyBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyGirl
24BoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirl
25GirlBoyBoyGirlGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyBoy
26BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlGirl
27GirlBoyGirlBoyGirlGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyGirlGirl
28BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyGirlGirl
29GirlBoyGirlGirlBoyBoyBoyBoyBoyGirlGirlGirl
30BoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlBoyBoy
31BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlBoy
32BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlBoy
33GirlBoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlBoy
34BoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlGirlBoyBoy
35BoyBoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlBoyGirlGirlBoyBoy
36GirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlGirlGirlBoyBoyBoyBoy
37BoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoy
38GirlBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirl
39BoyGirlBoyBoyBoyGirlGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlGirl
40GirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirl
41BoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoy
42GirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyGirlBoyGirl
43BoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyBoy
44BoyBoyGirlBoyBoyBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlGirl
45GirlBoyBoyGirlGirlGirlBoyGirlBoyGirlBoyBoy