Ramzi Method – Does it Work to Determine a Babies Gender?
The Ramzi method claims that you can figure out the gender of a baby as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.
Finding out the gender of the baby that you are carrying can be an exciting experience. It makes the entire pregnancy seem more real.
Some women wait until their ultrasounds at 18 to 20 weeks to find out the gender. Others wait until the baby is born.
If you cannot wait to determine the baby’s gender, the Ramzi method may provide a solution for early detection. However, before you use this method, you should understand how it works.
What is the Ramzi Method?
The Ramzi method is a simple way to predict the gender of your baby. It requires you to examine an ultrasound taken of your developing placenta at six weeks into your pregnancy.
If the placenta is growing on the left side of your uterus, you may be having a girl. If the placenta is growing on the right side, you may have a little boy growing inside you.
People refer to the concept as both the Ramzi method and the Ramzi theory. The idea first appeared in 2011 on a website that caters to medical professionals.
While it is unclear who developed the method, many people credit Dr. Saad Ramzi Ismail. However, no one has verified that he created this theory or was involved in the study that led to the theory.
The theory claims that the placement of the placenta determines the gender of the baby. The author uses an unverified study to back these claims.
According to the study, over 5000 women had ultrasounds six weeks into their pregnancies. The ultrasound determined the placement of the placenta on either the left or right side of the uterus.
The participants in the study then came back for a second ultrasound 12 to 14 weeks later. At this point, the women were 18 to 20 weeks pregnant, which is the standard timeframe for the ultrasound that may determine the sex of the baby.
The author of the Ramzi theory claims that the placement of the placenta corresponded with the gender of the baby 98% to 99% of the time.
No Proof That the Ramzi Method Works
The Ramzi method is easy to use. It simply requires you to get an ultrasound when you are just six weeks along. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support the theory.
In fact, there are several studies that help disprove the theory. Researchers in Australia published results that found no link between the baby’s gender and the placement of the placenta.
Most medical organizations do not recognize the method. Several organizations even claim that it is highly unlikely that the placenta has any connection to the baby’s gender.
Seven years have passed since someone first published the Ramzi theory. No one has replicated the results of the study discussed in the original paper.
The bottom line is that no one has verified the theory. There is no proof that the Ramzi method is accurate.
Alternative Ways to Determine the Gender
The Ramzi theory is not the only theory for predicting the gender of a baby. For example, many old wives’ tales claim to predict the baby’s gender.
One of the most popular myths is how you carry your baby in your belly lets you know the sex of the baby. If you are carrying low, you are likely to have a boy.
People also often believe that your food cravings indicate the baby’s gender. If you crave sweets, you may be having a girl.
However, these old wives’ tales lack peer-reviewed scientific research, the same as the Ramzi method.
Most women find out the gender during their first ultrasound 16 to 20 weeks into pregnancy. If you want to know the gender earlier, three tests are available:
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT)
With CVS, doctors take cell samples from the placenta. The lab receives the sample for analysis and looks for genetic abnormalities. However, the analysis also allows doctors to determine the baby’s gender.
The NIPT is a type of blood test that can detect certain chromosomal conditions including Down syndrome. You may also find out the sex of the baby with this test.
These tests are not mandatory. If a woman decides to use one of these tests, doctors may schedule it about ten weeks into the pregnancy.
The amniocentesis test examines amniotic fluid. It also looks for chromosomal abnormalities and may determine the baby’s gender. However, doctors do not recommend this test earlier than 16 to 20 weeks into the pregnancy, which is also around the time that most women get their first ultrasounds.
Conclusion: Should You Use the Ramzi Method?
There is no proof that the Ramzi method works. However, there is no harm in using ultrasound to guess the baby’s gender, especially if you already have an ultrasound scheduled.
Most doctors recommend that women avoid unnecessary ultrasounds. However, doctors may schedule or recommend an ultrasound at six to eight weeks to verify the pregnancy and check for any issues.
During your first pregnancy appointment, you can ask your doctor about scheduling an ultrasound. However, some doctors may advise that you wait until the end of the first trimester.
If your doctor agrees to schedule the ultrasound early, you can ask the technician which side of the uterus the placenta is growing on. The placenta may grow on the left side if you are having a girl and the right if you are having a boy.
Keep in mind that you may get a different result when you go to the doctor for the ultrasound at 18 to 20 weeks. It is also possible that doctors may not determine the gender during this ultrasound. It all depends on the position of the baby inside the uterus and whether doctors can get a good look with the ultrasound.
While the Ramzi method may not be accurate every time, there is a 50/50 chance that it is right.