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Conceiving a baby boy - Method, Food & Position

Even though you will be happy with whatever child you get, sometimes, especially if you already have a large family of all the same gender, you might be wishing to get pregnant with a boy or girl next.

There is nothing wrong with wishing for a certain gender and trying for a boy or girl baby can actually be a lot of fun so this post will go over some of the things you can do to put the odds in your favor of conceiving a boy.

There are a few different theories on gender selection so let’s look at each briefly:

The Shettles Method: Developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles this method is about timing to take advantage of the Y chromosome (male sperm) and X chromosome (female sperm) getting to the egg first. For a boy, you should have intercourse as close to the woman’s ovulation day as possible. He recommends trying for a boy around 24 hours before ovulation and up to one day after.

The Whelan Method: Elizabeth Whelan actually recommends the opposite to Shettles and says for a boy you just have intercourse no earlier than three days before you ovulate.

The Ericson Method: A more advanced method, this involves separating the sperm in a laboratory through a filtering process and then injecting the X or Y sperm (depending on your preference) by insemination.

Billings Method: Relies on observing cervical mucus levels. When you have the most fertile cervical mucus then you are at a high chance of conceiving a baby boy.

Also, make sure your partner avoids any caffeine (especially on the day that you are trying to conceive) as caffeine apparently stimulates the more active Y sperm and you can increase your chances of falling pregnant with a girl.

Your partner should also wear boxers (instead of tight-fitting underwear) and avoid hot baths or showers.

The Top Foods to Eat to Conceive a Boy Baby

You might have heard many old wives tales about eating certain foods can influence the chances of having either a boy or girl baby, but is it true? Can certain foods really influence the chances of conceiving a boy or girl?

Actually, there is some science behind this because there are foods that can change the composition of the cervical fluid and pH of the vagina, and that in turn can help or hinder either the male or female sperm from reaching the egg first.

For producing boy babies, you want to try and make your cervical fluid to a low pH level (or alkaline levels) to help the Y chromosome sperm (for a male) reach the egg first.

So which foods are best for getting a boy baby?

Let's start with breakfast. 

Studies have shown that women who eat breakfast every morning have nearly doubled their chances of conceiving a boy.

The reason is that eating kick starts the metabolism, and you want your metabolism working as soon as possible in the day to help put your body in the optimum condition.

But skip the bacon and eggs, it's good old cereal that's best for a boy. The best cereal to choose is one that is high in fiber and also contains healthy vitamins and minerals such as All Bran.

If you like, follow up your breakfast with a banana. Eating banana's is very beneficial for making the cervical fluid more alkaline which is beneficial to the male sperm.

Banana's are high in potassium, and this is what influences the pH levels of the vagina. The more alkaline, the better the Y chromosome sperm likes it.

But banana's are not the only food that is high in potassium. You also have nuts, figs, apricots and baked potatoes with the skin on them.

Lunch & Dinner

There are also more foods that can have an alkalizing effect on the vagina including nearly all vegetables (although skip the corn).

Green leafy vegetables are your best bet to add to your dinner plate each evening.

Now that you know what to eat, what about what to drink?

Well, good old water is beneficial not only for conceiving a boy but fertility in general, but what I bet you didn't know is that orange juice can also lower the pH of your cervical fluid.

Most people assume that orange juice would be acidic, but it actually has an alkalizing effect on the body making it a great choice if you are trying to get pregnant with a boy.

Want to Conceive a Baby Boy? The Three Things the Father MUST Do!

If you've done any research about how to conceive a baby boy then you'll know it's a lot about timing ovulation and altering the pH of the vagina to help the male sperm to reach the egg first. But what I bet you didn't know - there are things that the Shettles method recommends that the father must do as well.

Here are the three main things that the father can do to help you get that baby boy.

1. Keep the Boys Cool

And by 'boys' I mean his testicles. (But I'm sure you knew that already). You see the temperature of your man's testes is important for the optimum potency of his sperm.

And since the male chromosome sperm is not as strong as the female chromosome sperm you need to do everything you can to make sure that as many of them live as possible.

So that means that he must not take hot showers or baths. And he should wear boxer shorts instead of briefs as this keeps the testicles away from the body, lowering the temperature of his 'boys' by a few degrees.

2. No Ejaculation for 4 Days

Leading up to the optimum day for lovemaking for making a boy baby (which is ovulation day), the father must not ejaculate for at least four days prior to this day.

The reason for this is to make sure there is lots of sperm ready to go and this will put the odds in your favor for conceiving and getting pregnant.

This means that the father will not be able to have intercourse or masturbate during this time (but tell him that it will be worth it once you get your baby boy).

3. Drink Coffee

While coffee isn't recommended for women since it can decrease fertility and increase the chance of miscarriage, this isn't the case for men - it can actually help to wake up his sperm and get them moving faster.

So prior to lovemaking, the male should drink a caffeinated beverage such as coffee or cola.

This will allow the sperm to reach their destination slightly faster and give the male chromosome sperm an advantage over the slower (but stronger) female chromosome putting the odds in your favor of conceiving a boy baby.

Bonus Tip

Another thing that the man can do prior to ovulation day is to relax.

Actually, this is important for both couples since it has been shown that stress can interfere with both male and female fertility.

So give your man a massage (and make sure he returns the favor) so you both can stay calm during the period that you are trying for a baby.


For some women it's hard enough to get pregnant in the first place, but these are the proven methods to conceive a baby boy.

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