18 Completely Fun (Plus a Few Scientific) Ways to Influence Baby's Gender

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Dina Roth Port on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:03AM

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18 Ways to Choose Your Baby's Gender (They Might Even Work!)

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a Dina Roth Port on Jul 19, 2011 at 4:12PM

All parents-to-be ultimately just hope to have a healthy baby, but it's no secret many are actually pulling for a particular sex. Some dream of tutus, tiaras and a nursery bathed in pink, while others look forward to superhero birthday parties and a playroom filled with Matchbox cars. Want to tip the scales in your preferred direction? Try one of the most popular gender selection methods below -- some are based in science, others are just-for-fun folklore. All guarantee odds of at least 50 percent success!

Eat Your Wheaties
Recently, researchers in England surveyed 740 moms-to-be and found that those who consumed more calories during their pregnancy were more likely to have boys -- especially those who ate breakfast cereal. 

Will it Work? Probably not. Although, according to this study, 56 percent of women who regularly filled their plates had boys compared to 44 percent of those who ingested fewer calories. And of the women who ate cereal every morning, 59 percent had boys. However, Robert Brzyski, M.D., Ph.D., spokesperson for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, warns that we shouldn't jump to conclusions. "This one finding might seem to show a possible association but it doesn't prove that the mothers' diets affected the sex of their babies," he says.

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