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Would You Try to Influence Your Baby's Sex?

Would You Try to Influence Your Baby's Sex?

Having given birth to a little girl, I am constantly asked if I am hoping that my current pregnancy results in a baby boy. Honestly, I just want a healthy baby, but if I did want to “push nature” to give me a boy, there are several old wives' tales I could have engaged in to try to choose my baby’s gender.

One theory states that the vagina is less acidic when it is closer to the cervix, so having sex with the woman on top or the man behind will lead to a boy.

Others say that male sperm struggle more than female sperm in acid, so douching prior to sex, which reduces acidity, will lead to a baby boy.

According to Dr. Landrum Shettles, diet and timing influence the sex of a baby. To have a boy, a woman’s diet should be high in sodium and potassium and she should attempt to conceive one day before and up to one-half day after ovulation. For a girl, a woman should eat foods high in calcium and magnesium and have sex no later than two to three days prior to ovulation.

Would you give any of these wives' tales a whirl?


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leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
^ "criticize" not critize.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'm not going to critize his theory of diet & timing; maybe he is onto something! Who knows. However I wouldn't be thinking about that when getting pregnant. I just want to have healthy kids. If I had a girl and then wanted a boy later on in life, then I would just adopt. I would love to have two kids however I would be blessed if I could have my goal total of 4. Although, I have at least another 10yrs before I start thinking of getting pregnant.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
I'm with abqmama
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
I'll have to look it up but there's a gender-influencing method that has surprisingly high results. I'll look into it and post back here...
abqmama abqmama 8 years
It couldn't hurt to try I guess. I have three boys so I really want a girl next time. Anything that might increase my chances of having a girl, even if they are "old wives tales", I might as well try.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
How does Shettles explain the results of IVF/IUI or other fertility treatments? According to his theory, most babies created with fertility treatments would be boys since the procedures are timed nearly exactly with ovulation. And obviously that isn't the case. Or is his theory just true with natural conception? I can't really say I could try or think about it since I can't get pregnant naturally, but I know others swear by this stuff. I'm inclined to think it's hooey, however.
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