If you’ve been dreaming about having a little boy, you may wonder if there’s anything you can do to make your dream a reality. Although modern technology has allowed fertility experts to distinguish and select embryos by gender, no research has proved that the average person can take her own steps to select the gender of her child. Having said that, supporters of many popular rituals claim otherwise. Even if rituals don’t work, the odds are already in your favor: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 1,050 males are born for every 1,000 females.
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Eat “boy” foods. What you eat is said to alter the pH in your body, which may contribute to your baby’s gender, according to BabyCentre.co.uk. To conceive a boy, proponents of the “boy diet” folk tale say to focus your diet on red meat, fish, pasta, fresh fruit, white flour and pasta. However, you should avoid eating foods such as yogurt, cheese, shellfish and nuts, says BabyCenter.co.uk.
Eat more food throughout the day. Eating breakfast every morning and having frequent small snacks that contain the nutrients calcium, potassium, vitamins B-12, C and E helps your body maintain higher levels of glucose and may increase your chances of having a boy, suggests a 2008 report from researchers at Oxford and the University of Exeter in England.
Use the Chinese Lunar Birth Calendar, found under “Resources” below. This calendar, purported to be created by a Chinese scientist hundreds of years ago, may potentially predict a baby’s sex based on the mother’s age and the month of conception, says BabyZone.com. If you work backwards, you can find the month when the calendar says you will conceive a boy. There is no scientific evidence that backs up this calendar though, so it's possible you could still have a girl.
Time your intercourse. To improve your chances of conceiving a boy, you should try to have sex no sooner than 24 hours before you ovulate to 12 hours after you ovulate, according to the Shettles Method, based on Dr. Landrum Shettles’ “How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby.” The cervical mucus you produce at ovulation is more slippery and less acidic, which supposedly allows faster, yet weaker male sperm to reach the egg sooner, according to BabyHopes.com. One helpful way to determine when you are ovulating is to use an ovulation test kit, which you should be able to find at your local grocery store.
Use the right position. Deeper penetration—such as rear entry—during intercourse may favor boys because a woman’s vagina is most acidic at the entrance, according to Shettles. Depositing sperm farther in may give male sperm a better chance at survival, and they will already be a step above female sperm since they’re said to be faster than female sperm, according to Shettles.
Aim for female orgasm around the time of ejaculation. Female orgasms supposedly produce a substance that causes the vaginal environment to be more alkaline, favoring male sperm, according to Shettles. Also, vaginal contractions may help bring the sperm up to the cervix, which will help make the weaker male sperm more available to the egg for fertilization, according to BabyHopes.com.
Ask your physician about sex selection. Fertility treatments aren’t all equally effective, available or affordable, says BabyCenter.com. Also, if you want to undergo these invasive fertility treatments, you may have to meet strict eligibility requirements, such as being married and already having one child of the opposite sex of the child you’re hoping to conceive, says BabyCenter.com.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biology - You Are What Your Mother Eats; Oxford and the University of Exeter in England, 2008
- BabyCentre.co.uk: Choosing Your Baby's Sex - The Folklore
- BabyZone.com: Tips on Having a Baby Boy
- BabyHopes.com: How to Conceive a Boy
- Ovulation-Calculator.com: Gender Selection, The Shettles Method
- CNN Health: Would You Choose Your Child's Gender?
- Pregnancy Weekly: Chinese Lunar Calendar