Step right up … Place your bets! Pink or Blue? Selecting the gender of your baby can be like taking a gamble on the roulette wheel, with normal, regular intercourse offering up a 50/50 chance of a delivering a healthy baby boy or girl.
However, you don’t need to leave things completely up to chance. Would-be parents actually have a number of different natural (and more advanced) methods available to boost their chances of welcoming a baby boy into the world.
Although none of the methods offer a ’100% baby boy’ guarantee, many of the low-tech, natural diet and lifestyle changes mentioned here are totally harmless. And if they won’t harm you or your unborn baby, what have you got to lose? Plus, it’s a bit of fun anyway and will give you something to focus on while waiting for the magic to happen! So without further ado, here are the top 10 steps you need to take to maximize your chances of conceiving a healthy baby boy:
1. EAT BIG FOR A BOY!
Here’s some good news for you food lovers out there – researchers have found a higher caloric intake in the weeks leading up to conception can bolster your chances of having a son.
In fact, they found the more women ate, the more likely they were to have a boy. Around an extra 400 calories should do the trick – the equivalent of a regular meal. This should start at the breakfast table, so never skip!
A generous bowl of fortified/high fiber cereal like barley, oatmeal, wheat berries and flakes with milk is perfect. You can add in fruits and nuts, too. For the rest of the day boost your caloric intake with foods rich in potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12 from sources including bananas, red meat, artichoke, almonds, apples, potatoes, avocados and strawberries.
OTHER BEST BOY FOODS: Watermelon, Broccoli, Whole Milk, Dried fruits (dates, prunes, figs and raisins), Butter, Carrots, Sweet corn, Sausages, Spinach, Blueberries, Pork and beef, Cabbage, Mushroom, Onion, Eggs, Fish, Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Celery, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Garlic, Cucumber, Flax, Lentils, Pumpkin, Lemon juice, Almond milk, Fresh vegetable juices, Soy milk and Pasta.
2. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
According to Dr. Shettles (author of ‘How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby’, which boasts a 75% success rate), male sperm (Y) hold the speed advantage over female sperm (x). They’re also smaller and don’t survive as long as their more robust female counterparts.
This means ovulation is a prime time for intercourse (24hrs prior to 12hrs after ovulation is ideal) as this increases the chance of Y sperm reaching the egg. This means you’re going to have to be extra vigilant and do some careful calendar watching or take an ovulation test to determine precisely when you’re ovulating.
To help you keep track of things, you can pick up an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) through online suppliers or from your local pharmacy. These work by detecting increases in luteinizing hormone (LH). Typically, you should see an increase in LH production 12-48hrs before you ovulate. Test twice a day, preferably between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the first testing, and between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the second testing to get the most accurate results.
3. GET A CAFFEINE BOOST!
Before getting intimate with your partner, encourage your man to drink a beverage which contains caffeine shortly before intercourse. A strong cup of caffeinated coffee, even a glass of cola will do.
Caffeine is believed to ‘excite’ or make Y sperm more active. It’ll also give your with man a little energy boost in the bedroom! As for you ladies, it’s not clear whether caffeine has a positive effect around the time of conception, so our advice is to stick to decaf.
4. ALKALINE TRUMPS ACIDIC
The theory behind this is changes in the pH of your body brought on by making changes in your diet or vaginal douching can create a more welcoming environment for boy-bearing sperm to survive and thrive, which can contribute to the sex of your baby.
Root vegetables (beets, carrots, turnips and horseradish), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts etc), leafy greens (These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach), garlic, cayenne peppers and lemons rank among some of the best alkalizing foods so be sure to include plenty of these as part of your diet a few weeks before conception. You can test your pH before starting your diet with a pH testing kit.
STAY AWAY: Foods including cheeses, milk, yoghurt, nuts, chocolate (sorry!), shellfish, nuts and legumes should be avoided around conception time as they can increase the level of acidity of the cervical fluid. Junk food and other acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains and processed meats should also be avoided.
5. TAKE YOUR POSITIONS!
According to Dr. Shettles, you can help give a further advantage to boy-bearing sperm by using deep-penetration positions which place the quick-swimming Y sperm closer to the cervix.
In the bedroom, swap missionary for deeper penetration positions, like doggy-style or woman on top. Accompanying these new positions, Shettles also advises plenty of orgasms (Hooray!). These feel-good wave-like contractions help make the vagina more alkaline and give Y sperm an extra push up into the cervix to boost the chances of fertilization.
6. SWITCH FROM BRIEFS TO BOXERS
As you might have guessed, this one’s for your man. Ladies, getting your man to wear lose fitting underwear will help keep his ‘boys’ down there cool which will boost sperm count.
A high sperm count is important as this will help counteract their comparative fragility and shorter half-lives, boosting the chances of a male sperm reaching and fertilizing the egg.
7. WHAT’S THIS ABOUT GUAIFENSEIN?
There’s some anecdotal evidence floating around the web that downing a tablespoon of cough syrup a few hours before intercourse will help tip the scales in favor of a boy. Not any cough syrup will do though. Before purchasing check to make sure the product contains guaifenesin (don’t ask me how to pronounce it!). Apparently, this key ingredient helps to thin cervical mucus, making conditions more suitable for Y sperm.
8. ASTROLOGY, OLD WIVES-TAILS AND HEAR-SAY (Hey, they can’t hurt, right?)
There’s a reason old wives tales and hand-me-down information survive for so long – there’s often an element of truth to them so they might be worth a shot. With that in mind, here are 5 tips that some mothers and astrologists swear by that may help you tip the scales toward blue-booties!
1. You have intercourse at night
2. Your partner initiates intercourse
3. You have intercourse on odd days of the month
4. You have unplanned, unromantic intercourse
5. You avoid sex for 1 week before ovulation, then only have sex once on ovulation day to keep the sperm count high.
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