The gender of your baby is one of the few things in modern life that you don’t have any control over – you get what you’re given. Rightfully so, a child is a child despite their gender and should be treated equally regardless of expectations. This said, there is no harm in hoping. Some parents hope to get a baby girl or baby boy but are also very happy with whichever gender they get as long as it is delivered safely. By the time the little bundle arrives, the nursery is well stocked with kids recliners and chairs, toys, clothes and decor for whichever gender comes through.
There are some just-for-fun ways to try to influence the sex of your future child. As it turns out, however, there are a few things you can try if you are interested in getting a baby girl. Here are some of the tips you can give a shot:
THE SHETTLES METHOD
Science suggests that sperm carrying boy chromosomes swim faster than those carrying girl chromosomes. The boy sperm, however, don’t last as long as girl sperm and will die sooner if they don’t fertilize the egg fast. This is the founding argument that Dr Shettles used to justify her theory on possible ways to conceive a baby girl.
Based on this theory, the doctor advised that women who are looking to conceive baby girls should observe their timing. They should have sex at least two days before ovulation. This gives enough time for the boy sperms to wear out and let the girl sperms reach the egg to fertilize it.
It is actually pretty straight forward. It is, however, essential to note that this wait significantly reduces the chances of conceiving at all. This method is claimed to have a 75% success rate if done correctly.
A HOT BATH
It seems a little far fetched and even laughable, but some people have claimed that having a hot bath before sex has helped them to conceive a baby girl. The theory behind this is that boy sperms don’t do well in the heat as it weakens them.
Taking a hot bath before sex should, therefore, give the girl sperms a chance to swim faster and fertilize the egg. This theory, however, has no scientific background and there’s no study to back it up. Still, it is worth a try!
As it turns out, your favourite sex position may be limiting your ability to conceive a baby girl!
As far as the theory goes, boy sperms swim fast but also get tired quickly. Girl sperms, on the other hand, take their time but go further. Different sex positions result in varying levels of penetration. To get a baby girl, it is suggested that you use a sex position with the least penetration. This is because the longer the distance to swim, the quicker the boy sperms get tired, the longer the girl sperms can swim and the higher the chances that the latter fertilizes the egg to conceive a baby girl.
Dr Whelan also steps in to propose her theory for couples who wish to conceive either a boy or a girl. For a girl, she advises women to have sex two to three days before ovulation and four to six days earlier for a boy. This theory has some contradicting attributes when compared to Dr Shettles (for one, Shettles claimed that sex close to ovulation should help conceive a baby boy) but it claims a 57% success rate.
AVOIDING FEMALE ORGASM
It is claimed that female orgasms release an alkaline substance that is more conducive for the boy sperm but a bit hostile for the girl sperm. This means that orgasms are advisable for couples looking to conceive a baby boy but should be avoided for those trying to get a baby girl.
EATING ACIDIC FOODS
The pH of the vagina is usually directly related to the pH of the food a woman eats. This means that your vagina will be very likely to be more acidic if you east highly acidic foods. These will include chocolate, vinegar and soda.
Some people believe that the sperm carrying male chromosomes thrive in more alkaline environments while girl sperms seem to do well in more acidic environments. It would, therefore, be advisable to stock up on acidic foods on the days leading to conception for a better shot at getting a baby girl. At the same time, you could try avoiding alkaline foods such as apples and cucumbers.
This particular method is not advisable as too much acid puts you at risk of not having enough folate in your body or having a conducive womb environment for the healthy growth and development of your baby. pH imbalances could cause complications such as neural tube defects. You should take a fully balanced diet prescribed by your doctor or nutrition and eat nutrient-rich foods that will help you conceive and have a healthy baby.
MORE VEGGIES, LESS SALT
Recent research shows that girl chromosomes are favoured when the woman east more vegetables. Vegetarian diets, especially those including leafy greens and a lot of calcium, seem to support the conception of a baby girl. On the other hand, salty foods seem to favour the conception of baby boys. If you are looking to give birth to a girl, therefore, you should try as much as possible to reduce the amounts of salt in your diet.
In conclusion, all these are but theories. Some women have tried them and succeeded, and others have not. You could give any of them a shot if you want a baby girl. Remember, however, that your number one priority should be to give birth safely to a healthy baby. Sex does not matter, and each child brings their special kind of happiness to their parents. If you take a healthy diet, practice a healthy lifestyle and take care of your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, everything should turn out just fine. You should wait for confirmation though before going shopping for baby girl clothing. Good luck!