Post # 1
OK so I know it’s not yet readily possible in this world that you can choose the gender of your baby in advance. However, I have heard that you have an inreased chance of a boy/girl if you partake in certain activities/foods/habits, etc. Be it superstition, myth, or whatever, please share the so-called things that will “assist you” with having a boy or girl?
Girl – eat more dairy pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy
Boy – eat more red meat
Post # 3
@One2-Three4: I’ve heard a lot of superstitions like that. Although you can’t eat anything during preganncy that will help you have a girl or boy, since gender is already determined by that point. I don’t really buy into those superstitions though. There are also a ton out there about figuring out the gender during pregnancy too.
Post # 4
It’s sperm that determines the gender of the baby, not the egg. So anything the woman does will have ZERO effect on the sex of he baby.
Post # 5
I’ve read that the timing of sex can determine gender. There are both male and female sperm. Female sperm carry the extra chromosome- the X and thus swim slower but can live longer. Male sperm don’t carry the extra weight so they can swim faster, but die quicker. So… the idea is that if you have sex on the day you ovulate then the male sperm will get to the egg before the females and will fertilize the egg. On the other hand if you have sex a few days before you ovulate the males will get there first but will die. The females will eventually catch up and because they live longer they (well one of them) will fertilize the egg. Of course this isn’t always the case, fraternal twins can be both male and female, but it is an interesting idea and you could always give it a try if you know exactly when you ovulate.
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Post # 7
Im pretty sure you can pick (and hair and eyes). It just costs a lot and not natural.
Post # 8
@Northernazbride Isn’t that fascinating? My husband and I read about that earlier this year. I think it was something like 3-5 days before ovulation you have a better chance of a girl and 1-2 days before ovulation you have a better chance of having a boy. Very interesting!
I never heard about this dairy and red meat, etc. As Moose said, it’s the sperm that determines the gender so it doesn’t matter what you eat or do…
Post # 9
@Moose1209 – LOL, yeah I realize that – in my original post I said be it superstition, myth, or whatever, please share the so-called things that will “assist you” with having a boy or girl?
I know activity does not determine the gender of your baby… no different than silly wedding superstitions that will determine “whether you have a happy marriage”… it’s just supposed to be a thread to share funny ridiculous stories
Post # 10
When we knew that we were getting close to trying for a baby, we knew we wanted a boy, as I already have two girls. I researched the Shettles Method and followed that loosely to increase my chances of conceiving a boy. The idea behind the diet is that certain dietary habits can affect the environment in the vagina that make it more boy sperm or girl sperm friendly.
I also used OPKs to nail down when I was ovulating (I didn’t chart, I’m too lazy for all that), and we tried to conceive as close to that as possible, since supposedly male sperm are faster. There are a few more elements to it than just what I mentioned, but that was what I focused on.
I’m not really superstitious. I thought the information that I read was rather scientific and based in biology more than one might assume. I certainly didn’t feel like I was taking snake oil.
I’m certainly not advocating the Shettles Method, or declaring that it’s the reason that I’m now pregnant with a large baby boy. But I was willing to try anything within reason, and this was all very simple when broken down to brass tacks.
Post # 11
They do have sperm sorting. I don’t think I would go that far and it’s not 100% successful but I have heard of it, it’s probably really expensive too.
Post # 12
@northernazbride: I think this makes the most sense (boys are faster but girl sperm endure longer). So from this, we kinda figured out our procreation place, based on this. If we have a Girl= conceived in Italy, If we had a Boy=conceived in home sweet home. It’s a girl!
Post # 13
The Shettles method is really effective, about 80-90% when trying to conceive a boy, and 75-80% when trying for a girl. Of course, you have to be charting (fertility awarness method) to actually know when you’re ovulating, for it to be effective. SO and I definitely plan on using it when we TTC!
Post # 14
@littlemissmango: I didn’t chart. I just used the OPKs a couple of times a day around the time I knew I would be ovulating, and as soon as I got the smiley face on the digital thingy (Clearblue Easy), we went for it. We weren’t banking on getting pregnant the first month of trying, but we did, and we got our boy! So, good luck!
Post # 15
I did a little research about the Shettles and Whelan Methods. The interesting thing is that they directly contradict one another, (Shettles, try early for girl, Whelan try early for a boy – though for different reasons) so that in itself should disprove both. (This is based on reading about four articles on both methods online).
I liked this quote from an article on babycenter
“I tell my patients that if they want to try low-tech methods, give them a go,” says Brian Acacio, a fertility specialist and medical director of the Sher Institutes of Reproductive Medicine (SIRM) in Los Angeles. “They probably won’t hurt, and there’s a 50 percent chance they’ll work.”
Post # 16
50 percent? Classic…and I’m no math major but that sounds about right…
At this point I’d be happy if we had a happy healthy baby of either gender but it interesting to see what methods are out there!