Planning to get pregnant can be one of the most exciting decisions you and your partner will ever make together. If you are trying to have a baby you may already know that you would like to have a baby boy. You cannot decide for sure what gender your baby will be, but changing your diet to include certain foods may increase your odds that you will conceive a male baby.
Pickles are commonly associated with pregnancy cravings, but eating pickles before you get pregnant may increase your odds of having a baby boy. According to Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, authors of "What to Expect Before You're Expecting," eating a diet high in sodium may raise your chances of conceiving a male baby. Adding a few servings of high-salt pickles may change the composition of your fluids, making it easier for male sperm to fertilize your egg. Other foods high in sodium include deli lunch meats and canned soup. A cooked egg sprinkled with table salt is another way to increase your sodium intake. Make sure to speak with your doctor before increasing your sodium intake to ensure that it will not compromise your health.
Whole grain cereals contain potassium, another mineral that may boost your odds of conceiving a baby boy, notes Jennifer Merrill Thompson, author of "Chasing the Gender Dream." Thompson reports that potassium is considered a mineral salt, which works like sodium to increase your chance of having a boy. Read the labels on your favorite cereals to determine how much potassium they contain. Slicing a banana on your cereal can further increase your intake of potassium. Whole grain bread can also supply some potassium, so make a sandwich or a couple slices of toast to help you get more potassium and potentially increase your ability to conceive a boy.
Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit is naturally high in potassium, which can have a similar effect that whole wheat cereal has, note Rene Van De Carr and Marc Lehrer, authors of "While You Are Expecting." Increasing your intake of fruits like cantaloupe and apricots can help you raise your potassium levels and potentially conceive a little boy. Many vegetables are also high in potassium, so adding them to your diet may help as well. Vegetables with notable levels of potassium include squash, beans, potatoes and spinach. Sprinkle your vegetables with a small shake of salt to also increase your sodium intake.
- "What to Expect Before You're Expecting"; Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel; 2009
- "Chasing the Gender Dream"; Jennifer Merrill Thompson; 2004
- "While You Are Expecting"; Rene Van De Carr and Marc Lehrer; 1996