You may be able to improve the chances of conceiving a baby boy by making certain changes to your diet. When more alkaline, the cervical fluid will be more conducive for the sperm that carry the Y chromosomes that are needed to fuse with the eggs to conceive a baby boy. The midwives of olden times emphasised a diet's ability to affect the gender of the baby. These sayings have recently received scientific backing after a study was conducted in 2008 by a team of researchers headed by Dr. Fiona Mathews of Exeter University.
What you eat determines gender
A high-calorie diet provides greater chances of conceiving a baby boy. The Exeter research conducted on 740 British women who were pregnant for the first time revealed that 56 percent of the women on a high-calorie diet conceived baby boys as opposed to 45 percent of the women on a low-calorie diet. Pregnant women must increase their usual daily calorie intake by at least 400 calories to conceive baby boys.
Ensure you don't skip your daily bowl of breakfast cereal. This can give a false signal of reduction in glucose levels to the body, which the body interprets as a lack of food and calorie availability. This starvation-like state may encourage girl embryo development. Dr. Mathews' research study also found that women who had breakfast regularly had an 87 per ent greater chance of becoming pregnant with a boy.
While there are critics in the scientific community, this finding is supported by the real-life observation of rising female baby births in developed countries of the West. Women in these countries lead sedentary lifestyles and instead of exercising tend to skip meals and eat low-calorie foods to prevent obesity.
Foods that affect gender
Alkaline foods such as lemons, watermelons, pumpkins, cauliflower, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and cabbages are preferable if you want to conceive a boy. They can tilt the PH levels of the cervical fluid and make it less acidic so as to enable the Y chromosome-containing sperm to survive and fuse with the eggs to produce a male foetus.
Cold fruits must not be eaten. They must be consumed at room temperature.
Both parents should increase vegetable intake as vegetables are alkaline foods, and are also high in nutrient content.
Foods rich in nutrients like potassium and vitamins such as B-12, C and D are also needed for conceiving baby boys. In fact the scientific research study found that women who developed male foetuses had 300 mg of extra potassium through food compared with women who conceived baby girls. Foods rich in potassium include bananas, apples, avocados, strawberries, artichoke, asparagus, almonds, potatoes and steaks.
Salty foods also help conceive baby boys. Foods rich in both potassium and sodium include raisins, nuts, figs and apricots.
It would also be useful to consume foods high in glucose because high glucose consumption has been associated with male foetus development scientifically in the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) research.
Foods such as cheese, legumes and yoghurt will encourage female embryo formation as they increase acidity of the cervical fluid. An increased intake of dairy products that are acidic in nature will not encourage male embryo formation. Meats are generally acidic, but in case you do eat those, red meats are the better choices as they are rich in potassium.
Avoid junk and processed food as they are very acidic and nutrient devoid.
This natural method of diet regulation can be used in conjunction with other methods of encouraging baby boy conception.
While the research seems promising, it's important for parents to realise that the findings aren't a recipe for conceiving a boy and the methods offer no guarantee.