Want To Conceive a Boy?
Mom's diet at conception may play a role in determining if she will conceive a boy or a girl
Have you heard the old wives' tale that what you eat will affect whether you conceive a boy or a girl?
Well, some researchers in the UK finally seem to have found a real connection between mom's diet and the gender of her baby-to-be.
So if you're pregnant and curious, think back to what you ate while trying to conceive. Also take a look at the reports by many other moms on whether research results matched their own diet and gender of their child.
The research group, led by Fiona Mathews at University of Exeter followed a group of 740 first time pregnant British women (unaware of the gender of their fetus) and compared their eating habits, life style etc. The moms were then divided into three groups depending on how many calories they ate around the time of conception.
Here is what they found:
InterpretationFiona's team cannot yet explain what's going on here, but the theory is that biologically, the risk with conceiving a boy is higher, since boy fetuses are more vulnerable.
Hence, just as seen among animals, it might be that we are genetically coded to produce more boys in good times and more girls in times of less food being available. In fact, it is already know from IVF (in vitro fertilization) that higher levels of sugar tend to encourage the growth of male embryos.
Wouldn't this mean - in these times of more and more obesity- that we produce more boys than we did earlier?
Well, actually the contrary! But this is because the calorie intake is falling among young women in developed countries (generating more girls). At the same time, we exercise less, which is why we tend to gain weight. Also, people tend to skip breakfast more often, also generating more girls.
Now I always learned in school that only dad's sperm determines the gender of the baby. Later on I learned that the timing of the intercourse and the position while making love can make a difference. But mom's diet??!
What effects will this have at the breakfast table of parents-to-be in the future...?
"Honey, no more cereal now, we've talked about this and I really want a girl this time! And NO more salty cheese on your sandwich!"
So, to increase your chances of conceiving a boy or a girl...
Curious on whether this worked for other moms? Read about mothers' experiences here. And please share your own thoughts and experiences by commenting below.
What Other Mom's Ate When Trying to Conceive
Click below to whether this diet orked for other moms.
Got A Girl Now Here Comes The BOY!
I Believe the diet truly works!! It did for me!!!
Boy of Breakfast
Going Veggie Gives A Girl
I Love My Boy!!!!
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