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Want to Pick Your Baby's Gender? Try These Tricks

Now that you and your partner have decided to have a baby, you have started to wonder which gender you'd prefer. As a woman, you may find it fun to raise a little girl. Then again, maybe a baby boy would be easier. While there's no way to guarantee your baby's gender, there are several wive's tales that people say work like a charm. Some sound ridiculous, but others actually have a little logic behind them. Put these tricks to the test, and try to increase the odds of having a baby boy or girl.


  • Stock Up on Sweets: Since girls are made of sugar and spice, it makes sense that adding sweets — more specifically chocolate — to your diet increases the chance of having a girl.
  • Eat the Rainbow: To balance out the added sugar intake, and to guarantee a girl, make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Plan Ahead: Though slower, female sperm are said to live longer than their male counterpart. Because of this, having sex four to six days before ovulating gives the girls a better chance.
  • Heat Things Up: Before getting down in the bedroom, treat yourselves to a warm bath. Not only is this relaxing, but it helps kill the male sperm, which can’t survive high temperatures.
  • Make It Missionary: By using the traditional sex position, it takes the sperm longer to reach the egg. Since female sperm last longer than male sperm, they will have a higher chance of making it to the egg first.


  • Avoid Acid: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and other acidic foods can actually alter the pH of your vagina, making it more difficult for male sperm to survive.
  • Perk Up Your Partner: Slip your husband an extra cup of coffee before he heads to work. The additional caffeine can make the sperm more active, increasing your odds of conceiving a boy.
  • Get Down to It: Male sperm don’t have a long life span. To make sure they get to the egg in time, have sex two to three days before ovulation.
  • Go Deeper: Since male sperm have a short life span, it’s important for them to get as close to egg as possible during sex. To accomplish this, try a rear-entry position during sex.
  • Enjoy the Moment: Sex should always be a pleasurable experience, but if you want to guarantee a boy then make sure it is orgasmic. When a woman orgasms, she produces a substance that helps the male sperm thrive. The contractions also push the sperm to the cervix faster.
  • Switch His Underwear: If your husband is a briefs man, ask him to try boxers for a little while. Tight-fitting underwear increases heat, which can kill off the male sperm.
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laj7465 laj7465 8 years
I have a two year old daughter and when trying for #2 we decided to try the Shettles method for a boy (knowing that we would be just as happy having another girl, but just for fun). The shettles method uses these ideas plus. So I charted my cycle for a few months and I got pregnant on the first try.... with a boy. I will never know if I helped my chances of getting a boy, but it was fun and we are delighted to have one of each!
angell23 angell23 8 years
Haha, I always laugh when I see things like this. My sister was convinced that the Chinese conception chart (not discussed here) would get her a girl after two boys. She planned for several months and got pregnant on the first shot. The result? Twin boys. :) She probably should've tried the actual methods discussed here....oh well :)
kia kia 8 years
Funny enough, my husband and I are all over these ideas for when we TTC. No guarantees but it is a probability game.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
A mother of two boys may decide to give it her all with one last pregnancy in hopes of fulfilling her life long dream of having a daughter to keep her company on shopping trips and spa days like, omg, I hope I have a little girl that I can make pretty!
kty kty 8 years
i don't believe these myths but my bf does since he wants us to have a daughter so bad...he even told me that someone told him the best positions to use if you want a don't believe it but we will see.for me it has to do with genes.
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
I have 3 boys and was told by my pediatrician that statistically once you have 3 children in a row of the same gender, the chance you'll get the opposite gender for the 4th has very low odds. I really do think it's mostly genetics. We have friends with 2 boys and there haven't been any girls in the family for over 100 years.
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
hmm interesting, about the pH levels ... I'll have to remember that!
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