Maybe you already have a few little fellows and just want a little girl to dress and adore or, maybe when you dream of a nursery you only see pink, or maybe you have another reason for hoping to conceive a little girl.
Whatever the case may be, here are 10 tips that outline techniques commonly used to aid in conceiving a baby girl.
Note: Before we begin, it must be noted that while these tips have been anecdotally successful for many, that doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to work.
1. Pinpoint Your Ovulation Date
The only way to be sure of when you are going to ovulate is by tracking and charting your ovulation. Most doctors as well as most women, look at their fertility as a 28 day cycle with ovulation falling on the 14th day. This is simply not true for most women and only happens to a very small percentage of the female population. Most women have cycles that range from 21-35 days in length and varying days of ovulation. The best way to predict your ovulation is to chart your cycle. There are various ways of charting your fertility, but the most complete way of doing this involves taking your basal body temperature daily, checking the consistency of your cervical mucus and noting how your cervix feels. This is outlined in much more detail in the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler.
2. Don’t Have Sex Close To Ovulation Or Soon After It
Try to have sex on the fourth, third and second day before ovulation should occur. You do not want to have intercourse close to the day of your ovulation or shortly after ovulation. This is because there is evidence that male sperm are small and weak, but fast swimmers and, if the environment is right, will get to the egg first and fertilize it before the hardier, slower female sperm arrive. Having intercourse a few days before ovulation is set to occur will make it more likely that the fast male sperm will die off before they get to the egg, allowing the slow and steady female sperm to survive and fertilize the egg. You should also wait at least three or four days after ovulation to have sex again as you don’t want to introduce any more fast male sperm into the environment in case you weren’t quite spot on about when you were ovulating. More explanation about when and how to time your intercourse to get pregnant with a baby girl can be found in the book Plan My Baby by Alicia Pennington.
3. Greens For Girls
There is some evidence that suggests that acidic diets make it much more likely than alkali diets that a pregnancy will result in a female child. Male sperm don’t survive as well in acidic environments so eating foods rich in calcium and magnesium or with a high acidic content like oranges, dairy, greens like spinach and broccoli, oatmeal, nuts, beans, yogurt, cheese, almonds, berries like strawberries, raspberries and cranberries and abstaining from alcohol and having very little salt or caffeine should make your body more acidic and less hospitable to male sperm. The diet was tested by a study at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and resulted in an 80% success rate. Try to avoid foods high in salt like anchovies, olives, bacon and other processed meats and carbohydrate rich foods like bread and pastries.
4. Think Missionary
The positions you assume during intercourse actually can affect the sex of your child. It follows that if male sperm are fast but weak, the best positions for achieving conception of a girl are those that make it more likely for the faster male sperm to die off or have a harder time reaching the egg. Those positions include the missionary position, spooning, and the female on top. The missionary position places sperm in contact with the entrance of the vagina, which is very acidic, not a hospitable environment for them, and gives them a longer distance to travel to reach the cervix, making it more likely that a slower hardier female sperm will win the race. Both the spooning and female on top positions necessitate that the sperm swim against gravity, making it more likely that a slower moving sperm, which is hardier and female, will reach the egg. Additionally, any other position where the male penetrates in a very shallow way will likely result in a female child.
5. Goodbye Orgasms
Unfortunately, it is thought that the contractions that are produced in the uterine walls and slight opening of the cervix that occurs, aid in pulling the sperm towards the cervix and egg, resulting in a higher percentage of male children. In order to conceive a girl, it is better for the woman to avoid orgasm, so that there is no extra assistance for the boys club.
6. Have Hubby Get Hot And Steamy Before Sex
There is evidence that those fast swimming male sperm take a hit when they get hot. Having your husband take a hot shower before sex might give those girls more of a fighting chance.
7. Make Your Man Wear Briefs
Have your hubby wear briefs if he doesn’t already. Keeping things close and tight under the belt keeps things warm, and as mentioned above, gives the girls an edge.
8. Eat Lots Of Chocolate
It is thought by some, and is probably an old wives tale, that eating sweet things, makes your body more susceptible to conceiving little girls.
9. Use The Lunar Calendar
While it only predicted the gender of my child correctly once, many swear by it. It takes the mother’s age at conception and the (lunar) month in which she conceives into consideration for the prediction.
10. Check The Moon And Season
There is a theory that gender selection is influenced by the moon phase and the positive or negative ions in the air. Girls are thought to be conceived in the new moon phase and in Spring and Summer because girls are best conceived in seasons with more negative ions. Conceiving during a new moon phase (the day the moon is new until the day before the full moon) in the spring or summer is thought to result in a baby girl more often.
Will these tips work? Scientifically or medically, no one knows for sure, but there is one thing I am sure of, you will all have a lot of fun trying!