The Gender Selection Diet
While many couples parrot the phrase “We just want a healthy baby” when asked which gender they would prefer, there are couples who also want a specific gender. Whether your gender preference is due to already having more of the other gender, wanting a boy to carry on a name, or wanting a girl to dress up and play with, gender selection has become increasingly popular. Even though there are several old wives tales that “help” you conceive one gender, there are also some methods that scientists have tested. One of these methods is the altering of your diet, prior to conceiving.
Researchers at Exeter College in the University of Oxford conducted a study into women’s diets prior to conceiving and their gender outcome. According to the study, women who consumed more calories and potassium rich foods conceived boys at a rate of 56 percent, a 6 percent increase over the natural 50/50 odds. The diet has been called the IG diet, French Diet, and Boy/Girl diet.
The Boy Diet
Depending on your source, the boy diet recommendations include adding more calories at, or greater than, 2,500 calories per day, eating breakfast , and consuming foods high in potassium and salt to change the chemistry of your body to be more alkane and hospitable to boy sperm. The French Diet recommends you eat bananas, drink coffee and fizzy drinks, all meats, and dry, salted fish. You should also avoid milk, milk-based bakery items, unsalted butter, cheese, and yogurt. Researchers recommend you start the diet one month prior to trying to conceive and continuing the diet until you are pregnant.
The Girl Diet
The girl diet requires that mothers eat less food and avoid salt, yeast, most meat and fish, coffee, and fizzy drinks. The recommended foods to eat are milk, creamy, milk-based sauces without salt, unsalted butter, strawberries, onions, garlic, mustard, pears, and yogurt. You want your body chemistry to become more acidic to prevent the “weaker” male sperm from surviving.
Does It Work?
According to the study, your odds rise to 56/44 instead of 50/50 when using diet as a gender selection method. However, according to Steven Ory, MD, “There really is no old-fashioned technique that can influence sex selection.” He goes onto say that your chances of conceiving one gender are 50/50, regardless of the diet method you choose.
Are There Risks?
While a diet may seem like a small, harmless method when trying to select your baby’s gender, there are some risks. As with any diet, you should consult your doctor before adding or removing food groups from your diet. If you invest yourself in this diet and you still become pregnant with the opposite gender, you may find yourself depressed and unable to bond with your baby. Make sure you do your research and understand that no low-tech method will have 100 percent success.