Wednesday, 25 March 2009

How to conceive a girl baby (the truth!)

People have been trying to conceive a baby of their choice for years. There have been rumors and old wives tales that range from eating a rabbit’s genitals for a boy (yuk!) to eating half and apple, seeds and all for a girl.

Of course we know that the gender of a child is chosen at the moment of conception and not changed once we are pregnant, so this post will go over some of the things that you can do to help to fall pregnant with a girl baby.

There are many different methods to tell you how to conceive a girl. But by far the two most popular are the Shettles and Whelan Method.

Interestingly enough both methods contradict each other in timing (Shettles says that to have a girl you should have intercourse no sooner than 3 days before ovulation, and Whelan suggests that to get pregnant with a girl baby you should have intercourse on the day of ovulation and the day after).

So if these two popular methods are the exact opposite about when you are supposed to try and conceive a female child then what should you do.

Fortunately both agree that the missionary position is better for getting a girl, and also that you should try and make your vaginal environment as acidic as possible.

You can do that by drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry tablets.

Your partner should also drink caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, cola) before you have intercourse as the caffeine ‘wakes up’ the more active female sperm.

Another method that is growing in popularity is the O+12 method which was developed by a New Zealand woman after trying the Shettles method unsuccessfully six times when trying for a girl. This method states that to get pregnant with a baby girl, you should aim to have intercourse approximately 12 hours after ovulation.

So in summary, for conceiving a girl, forget timing since the most popular methods disagree about when you are supposed to do it and instead concentrate on the few things they do agree on:

  • Your partner should drink a caffeinated drink before trying
  • You should be drinking cranberry juice
  • Try in the missionary position.

Good luck!

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