How to Perfom Red Cabbage Gender Test at Home

Submitted by Jenifer on May 31, 2012

During the nine months it takes to have a baby there are many things you discover and learn about ‘being pregnant’. What excites your curiosity most is the gender of the baby – will have a baby boy or a baby girl?  Technology can now help you find out. By the third trimester, most mothers know whether they are having a boy or a girl.

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During the nine months it takes to have a baby there are many things you discover and learn about ‘being pregnant’. What excites your curiosity most is the gender of the baby – will have a baby boy or a baby girl?  Technology can now help you find out.


By the third trimester, most mothers know whether they are having a boy or a girl.

Often mothers do not want to wait that long. There are many different tests that are recommended to tell you whether you are going to have a girl or a boy, some scientific and some not-so-scientific. The red cabbage gender test is one such test. It has not been scientifically proven that this test works, but if you are very eager there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests this test is one way to find out the sex of your unborn baby at home, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

How to Test at Home

The main principal that the test works on is the Ph levels in the solution. The water changes color based on the acid levels of the liquid added.

  • Buy some red cabbage, chop it up and boil it with some water.
  • Once the cabbage and water have cooled, take some of the water in a cup. It will be slightly blue or bluish in color.
  • In a separate cup, collect some of your urine.
  • Add the urine to the cabbage water.
  • If the solution turns red or pink, the consensus is that you are having a boy while if the solution turns purple, you will have a girl.
  • The chemical structure of urine can vary depending on whether you are carrying a boy or a girl. Red indicates a higher percentage of acid while purple indicates neutrality.

Accuracy of the Sex Test

The cabbage solution tests the Ph levels of the urine added to it. Scientific evidence for the gender indicated by the Ph levels of urine is not adequate. Urine Ph varies greatly during pregnancy and doctors say that it is not accurately indicative. If you are that eager and serious about finding out the gender of your baby, you could try other packaged tests available at drugstores. Tests in stores also determine the Ph balance in urine and, in turn, predict the gender, but it’s still a guess to some extent. By the second trimester of your pregnancy, your doctor will be able to tell you through scans of your uterus.

The test should be administered only if you are actually pregnant, not if you just suspect you are pregnant. The accuracy of the test is, of course, not guaranteed. You will find enough old wives’ tales that swear by this test and just as many people who have got varied answers.

This test is only one of many other indicative tests that always claim to guarantee the gender of your unborn child. All cultures even attribute behavior patterns to pregnancies to guess the gender of the baby. From how you walk to what you crave and how emotional you get – all are supposed to be tell-tale signs of the gender of your baby.
You can try this test as it will not harm you or your child, but do not put too much stock in its result. Be open to the fact that you might not have a boy or a girl as this home test indicates. A healthy baby is the most important.

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