Can changes in diet and lifestyle influence the sex of an unborn baby or is it all hocus pocus? I know a few friends who have had either three boys or three girls and are desperate to have a fourth if there could be a guarantee it was the opposite gender to what they have. Selfish? I don’t think so. I think every man or woman out there who has envisaged being a parent, has imagined either playing football in the park with a son or watching their little girl in a tutu.
I always thought I would have boys for some strange reason and now that I have two girls under two, I do wonder what it would be like to have a little boy. I was totally shocked when ‘Spike’ was born because I had convinced myself she was going to be a boy. I did the same thing second time round so was really shocked when ‘Booboo’ came out and ‘Spike’ had a sister. I have no idea on what basis led me to have this feeling. They say ‘you just know’. I had no clue!!! Clearly!
Some researchers say you can increase the chances of conceiving a baby to the gender you would like by understanding your cervical fluid. Lovely, I know! This involves charting, monitoring, using thermometers, swabs and all sorts of things. At the end of the day, Daddy decides what you will be having. Sperm that carry the male chromosome are tiny and fragile but fast little things where as the sperm that carry the female chromosome are large and hardier but sluggish. I’m not sure how my husband would feel if I told him he has slow sperm but apparently there are ways to produce more of the fast ones to produce a male heir or slow ones to produce a female one. I have many friends who have tortured their partners one way or another in an effort to choose the baby gender they wish. The counter argument is that a woman can alter her cervical fluid and therefore also influence the gender of bubba.
So given that it is all Daddy’s fault or maybe Mummy’s, here are some tips for the torturer or torturee, to maybe influence the gender of your baby: