“All I want is a healthy baby” is what almost all prospective parents say. Some however, harbor a secret or not so secret, desire for a certain gender. Whether it be because they already have four boys and are longing for a little princess to spoil or they would just like their first born to be a boy everyone who has a gender preference has his or her own reasons for their desires.
There is no 100% percent way to guarantee conception, implantation, and delivery of one gender or another. Of course high tech ways that show 90% success rates for choosing a babies gender are available but these are not always affordable or palatable to people. There are ways that individuals can naturally encourage the conception of one over another though.
Some Old-Wives tales say that a woman should eat meat and salty fare for a boy and sugary treats for a girl. While a great excuse for avoiding or indulging in foods is not that reliable in practice. The most common method for ‘natural’ sex selection is the Shettles Method, which accounts for timing of sex, vaginal pH, sexual positions, timing of orgasms, and having the man avoid ejaculation for four days prior to the woman’s ovulation. He even provides ‘girl’ tips and ‘boy’ tips such as douching recipes to alter the pH of cervical secretions.
Others suggest that a woman should achieve orgasm if trying to conceive a boy as it increases the alkaline environment in the vagina as well as helps push the Y sperm into the fallopian tubes. Conversely, it is suggested that when trying to conceive a girl that women not orgasm. It is also suggested that women add foods high in potassium and sodium to their diets to improve vaginal conditions to favor male sperm.
None of these suggestions are harmful. You may not succeed at conceiving your desired gender, but the risks and side effects are pretty minimal. The child that you end up with is the child that you were went to have be it a girl or a boy. Love him or her.
Check out this guide to CHOOSING the gender of your baby before he/she is conceived:
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