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Eat cheese to have a baby girl

Mum’s diet in pregnancy linked to baby’s sex

Posted: 7 September 2010
by Kimberley Smith
baby girl or baby boy?
Get snacking on cheese and beans!

If you’d like to have a baby girl, steer clear of bananas and tuck into dairy products, say scientists in the Netherlands. Their study recommends foods rich in calcium and magnesium and suggests avoiding foods high in potassium and sodium if you’re trying for a girl.

Dads can’t help out here as it appears to be only the mum-to-be’s diet that might affect the sex of their unborn baby. Foods high in calcium include yoghurt, hard cheese, spinach, broccoli and oranges. The study has also suggested that having sex more often can increase your chances of having a girl, but not around the time you’re ovulating.

The study began with 172 women in Western Europe, all of whom had previously given birth to boys. However, the strict dietary requirements and rules on when to have sex led to the majority dropping out. Ultimately, of the 21 women who stuck it out, 16 gave birth to girls.

“The results show that both diet and timing methods increase the probability of a girl – the impact of the diet being most pronounced,” said a spokesman for the researchers.

If you’re crossing your fingers for a girl, increasing your intake of calcium rich foods like hard cheese and beans might help but make sure you’re getting a healthy, balanced diet to help you conceive and give your baby the nutrients she needs to grow.

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