Studies have found up to 80% of women want to know the sex of their baby before giving birth.

The ring gender test used to predict an unborn baby’s sex is a popular old wives tale for those wanting a sneak peek of what’s in their future.

How to do the ring gender test

The ring gender test can be performed in two ways, both of which involve threading your wedding ring (or other rings of significance) onto a piece of string, hair or favourite necklace.

Here’s how to do the ring gender test:

  • Lie comfortably on your back, and have someone else hold the threaded ring above your baby bump.
  • Wait for the ring to slowly move on its own. The idea is that it should either swing back and forth in a straight line for a girl or a circle for a boy.

How to predict how many children you will have

  • Place your left hand on a flat surface
  • Hold the threaded ring above your left hand and bring it to rest on top of your hand
  • Lift the ring and gently swing it between each finger of your left hand, from your pinky to your thumb.
  • Immediately trace back the other way, thumb to pinky, and end where you began holding it above the centre of your hand
  • The ring will swing back and forth in a straight line (girl), or in a circle (boy). This is the sex of your first-born child.
  • Sit the ring on top of your hand again. Then repeat the process to see how many children you will have!
  • Continue repeating the test until the ring comes to a complete stop. This means there are no more future babies to predict.

So, the million-dollar question … how accurate is the ring gender test?

Many people swear by the ring gender test and are certain it offers some kind of magical answer.

Of course, old wives’ tales designed to predict your baby’s sex are no more reliable than simply taking a guess. You have a 50/50 chance of it being right!

There are actually many ways to predict the sex of your baby, including monitoring your baby’s fetal heart rate, the shape or size of your baby bump or the condition of your hair.