They say that you are what you eat, but can your diet really affect the sex of your baby? According to the latest studies, women who eat a diet rich in calcium and magnesium have a greater chance of conceiving a girl. But others say it’s all about timing!
Ask any parent-to-be and they’re usually tell you that as long as their baby is healthy, they couldn’t care less if it’s a boy or a girl. But if you’ve already got a bunch of boys running around the house, and are finding yourself looking longingly at all the frilly pink frocks in the girls section of department stores, then perhaps this diet is for you.
Researchers in Holland recruited 172 women, who had previously given birth to boys, to participate in a fertility study. The mothers were instructed to consume a diet full of calcium and magnesium-rich foods — including yogurt, cheese, almonds and broccoli. In addition to altering their eating habits, the ladies were instructed to refrain from having sex on the days right before and after ovulation. Over the course of five years, only 21 of the women studied managed to stick to the diet but 16 of them did indeed give birth to baby girls. That’s a whopping 80 percent success rate! Interestingly, the study also showed that the father’s diet makes no difference in regards to the sex of the baby.
But before you run out and stock-up the fridge with dark green veggies and tons of cheese, some doctors suggest that avoiding sex around the time of ovulation may have more to do with it than the actual diet. “There may be something to the timing of the intercourse in relationship to ovulation, but as far as dietary changes increasing your risk of girls versus boys — I don’t think there is anything to that,” says Dallas based OB/GYN Richard Salter. “There are some people who feel like the girl containing sperms are slower and so they’ll take a little bit longer to get up there and so if you do the timing you have a higher chance of getting a little girl – but it’s basically a 50-50 shot.”
Mother-of-three, Heather Daycock-Hanlon agrees that timing is everything when it comes to the sex of a baby. She tells HollyBaby.com, that after having two boys — Drew, 5, and Noah, 2 — she and husband, Frank, really wanted to add a little girl to the family. “I used the Shettles Method,” says Heather, about the technique that recommends having intercourse two to three days before ovulation, which gives the female sperm more of an opportunity to fertilize the egg. “Our obstetrician knew we wanted a girl, so at the conclusion of our ultrasound, he announced: ‘She looks beautiful.’ We were over the moon!” After welcoming her beautiful daughter Lily into the world last December, Heather, 31, swears by the Shettles Method.
HollyMoms, did you do anything differently to try to predetermine the sex of your kids?