Are you one of those parents who refuse to try for another kid out of fear you’ll have a baby of the same gender.
Never fear, check out Parentdish’s ideas we’ve shared in the past on how to manipulate a baby’s gender.
Consider these tips;
Start the day right
Skipping breakfast reduces blood glucose levels and it’s known from IVF research that high levels of glucose encourage the growth and development of male embryos over female ones. (Although a balanced diet is obviously best to aid conception.)
Watch your calorie intake
A study of 740 women found those who ate a high-calorie diet around the time they were ovulating were 10 per cent more likely to have a boy. The researchers also reckon the trend for lower-calorie diets may explain why, over the past 40 years, there’s been a slow but consistent decline of around one boy per 1,000 births every year.
Go bananas for boys
A study from the Netherlands found women who had diets with high levels of sodium and potassium (bananas and tomatoes) made conceiving a boy more likely. Want a girl? The same study found women who cut out salty foods and consumed lots of calcium and magnesium (beans and nuts) were 80 percent more likely to have girl.
If you’re going to give it a try make sure you don’t exceed 6g a day of salt and avoid obesity or eating too little – both can have lifelong health consequences for your child.
Keep cool for a girl
Some say a man’s testicles should be cool before sex if you want a daughter so choose boxers over tighty-whitey’s; for a son, go for the latter. And you need to keep your cool too – according to some, being relaxed when you conceive means you’ll have a girl whereas if you’re a worrier, you should start buying blue babygros.
Get in the right position
The ancient Greeks believed men who had sex while lying on their right side were more likely to have a son, while Italian folklore says the missionary position is best for a girl.They might have been on to something too – female sperm cope better than male sperm with the acid environment lower down the vagina so the missionary position is said to work a treat.
For a boy, deep penetration could boost your chances. This deposits sperm near the opening of the cervix which favours fast-moving male sperm.
Spring for a girl, autumn for a boy
In Western Europe, statistics show April’s the best month for conceiving a girl, while October and November bring forth boys. Nature’s way of giving boys a helping hand? Baby boys tend to be weaker than girls and more vulnerable to illness so this way they’ll be born before the bitter winter months…
‘Oh, oh, oh!’ for a boy
Go for the big-O if you want a boy as it’s been claimed the body produces chemicals after orgasm that make the vaginal environment more alkaline, favouring Y-sperm. Also, when a woman reaches orgasm, contractions of the womb draw sperm towards the cervix, giving faster male sperm a boost!