Ramzi Theory: How to predict your baby’s gender at just 6 weeks gestation

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  • The Ramzi Theory claims it can predict a baby’s gender at just 6 weeks, so you don’t have to wait 20 weeks to find out if you’re having a boy or girl.

    The theory can be over 97% accurate. However, there’s a catch.

    Like the popular Nub Theory, you need an ultrasound scan photo to try the Ramzi Theory. But this method only works if you have a scan before you are nine weeks pregnant. This is because it uses the placement of the placenta to help guess your baby’s gender and if you’re past nine weeks it is considered too late to use Ramzi’s theory, as it is impossible to tell where the placenta originally implanted. Not everyone will be offered a scan early on in their pregnancy. Most mums-to-be are offered scans at 12 and 20 weeks pregnant.

    The NHS rarely offer an ultrasound scan before 8-12 weeks pregnant, however some people choose to pay privately for a viability scan that can be done between 6 and 10 weeks to check whether a pregnancy is developing normally.

    If you don’t have a scan photo in the early weeks of your pregnancy, you can still try and predict your baby’s gender using astrology and the ancient Chinese Birth Chart, or there’s also a ton of old wives tales about pregnancy that can help you guess if you’re carrying a boy or a girl.

    But, if you do get a scan photo early on, here’s how to predict your baby’s gender as early as 6 weeks gestation using the Ramzi Theory:

    What is the Ramzi Theory?

    Also known as Ramzi’s method, the Ramzi Theory claims to be able to determine if your baby is a boy or girl by as early as six weeks, instead of the usual 20 weeks, using a 2D ultrasound picture to see which side the placenta is on.

    If the placenta is on the right side, then you are believed to be having a boy. But if the placenta is on the left then there is a high likelihood that the child will be a girl.

    How does the Ramzi Theory work?

    The key is to look for a bright area around the sac, the large cavity of fluid surrounding the embryo, where the placenta is going to start growing. Ideally you need a medical professional who is familiar with the Ramzi theory to help interpret the scan results for you.

    Woman looking at ultrasound results with doctor

    Your doctor may be able to help by pointing out the placenta for you. (Credit: Getty)

    According to the theory, if your placenta has implanted on the left side of your body, there is a 97.5% chance you are having a girl. If your placenta is on the right side of your body, there is a 97.2% chance you are having a boy.

    However, not all scans are performed the same and the positioning of the placenta will depend on whether it is an abdominal or transvaginal scan. Images may be ‘flipped’ or ‘mirrored’ if it is an abdominal scan, meaning the left side is actually the right. But if it is a transvaginal scan then the placenta will appear on the ‘same side’.

    When doesn’t The Ramzi Theory work?

    It can be much more difficult to determine the position of the placenta if you’re carrying twins or multiple foetuses. In these cases, the results may not be accurate.

    Ultrasound of twin pregnancy at approximately four weeks gestation.

    In this ultrasound of a twin pregnancy at approximately four weeks gestation, it’s difficult to determine the position of the placenta in the picture. (Credit: Getty)

    Also some experts are not convinced that the Ramzi theory is entirely accurate.

    “Many people tend to believe that you can guess based on which side the placenta is forming, but it really is just a 50/50 chance of an accurate prediction,” Eliza Flynn from Biamother, says.

    “In addition to this, each expectant mother carries their baby differently, and every baby develops at a different speed, therefore images may not be accurate. For example, the development of a baby at 8 weeks and 3 days, could actually be the same as another baby at 7 weeks, 6 days, so it is hard to make an accurate prediction. The main theory is dependent on which side your placenta is on; if the placenta is on your right, it is a girl, and if it is on the left, it’s a boy.

    “However, there is no scientific evidence to back this up and it is highly unlikely that this theory has any validity.”

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    But, you could still use other methods to try and work out if you’re carrying a baby boy or a baby girl before your 20 week scan.

    The Skull Theory can be tried once you have your 12 weeks scan, or if you develop a natural line on your stomach during your pregnancy (known as the Linea Nigra) then this is also apparently a good indicator if you might have a boy or girl.