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There are tons of old wives’ tales out there about how to conceive a girl or a boy. Before and during my pregnancy, I thought I’d heard them all. But here’s a new one: A study from the Netherlands suggests that eating cheese, beans and nuts could put the odds of conceiving baby girl in your favor. They found that moms who cut out salty foods and consumed lots of calcium (dairy products) and magnesium (beans and nuts) were 80 percent more likely to have girl. (Side note: Study participants were told to eat at least a pound of dairy a day. That doesn't sound healthy at all!)
The researchers also say timing is everything, but that’s nothing new. Several books, including How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum Shettles and David Rorvik and Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, claim that you can “choose" your baby's gender by having sex on certain days of your menstrual cycle. The authors say their methods aren't foolproof, and I think they sound a little too good to be true.
Methods to try to determine a baby's sex don't end there. Moms on the iVillage Gender Determination Community Message Board (which has over 300,000 posts) have tried some weird ones, including, to conceive a girl:
- Sipping Crystal Light
- Popping cranberry supplements or drinking cranberry juice
- Sticking to a vegetarian diet
- Having your partner to wear tight briefs instead of boxers
And to have a boy:
- Having sex in the missionary position
- Using a lubricant, like Astroglide
- Asking your guy to drink a caffeinated beverage before sex
- Having an orgasm
What strategies have you heard for "choosing" baby's sex? And do you believe them? Chime in below!