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Can your diet at the time of conception influence the gender of your baby?

Posted: 21 April 2008
by Monica Stylli

Latest research suggests that a woman’s diet around the time of conception might have an effect on the gender of her baby.

The study, carried out by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, claims that a high-calorie diet coupled with regular breakfasts might increase the odds of conceiving a boy.

740 first-time pregnant women in the UK were asked to provide records of their eating habits during the early stages of pregnancy.

56% of mothers-to-be with the highest energy intake at the time of conception gave birth to boys, compared to 45% of women with the lowest energy intake.

The women who gave birth to sons consumed around 2,413 calories a day compared with 2,283 calories for those who had daughters. Those who had boys were also more likely to have eaten a higher quantity and range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12.

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The only thing that can determine the gender of your child is your partners sperm.

 I doubt what we eat would affect anything but our waistlines and inability to shift weight easily after birth!

 Some say that the Chinese theory is accurate... but that's if you wish to believe that sort of thing.

 Don't let me spoil your fun though, I am just waiting to see if anything can be seen in my scans... I'm only early on in my pregnancy so have a few weeks before my first scan yet!

 Whatever the outcome, as long as our babies are healthy, gender guessing is just part of the fun... as is making a list of baby names.

 Who are we to deny ourselves a bit of fun?

Posted: 08/05/2008 at 19:22

I have to agree with you about it being a load of ********!  The woman provides the x and the man provides the x or y that is the deciding factor in whether baby is a boy or a girl. We learnt that in basic science at school!

Posted: 08/05/2008 at 19:26

glad to read i wasnt the only one paying attention! well, it's fun to guess what you may be giving birth to so i cant complain. but scientifically there cannot be a link in my opinion.

wish they'd make it fun to have nausea... something needs to be done about it! i cant keep eating and craving as much as i do... to begin with i was addicted to certain foods like german peppered salami... then i became addicted to rice krispies multigrain cereal... so i ate that like mad. now i want fish and chips or fried chicken salad wraps all the time.

 they say that there is no connection between cravings and lack of nutrients... so why is it we crave such specific foods?

i cant figure it out... any ideas?

Posted: 08/05/2008 at 22:36

I dont know about high calorie diets but they say your ph level has a lot to do with it and a high calorie diet would increase the alkaline in your body. Most people are in the neutral zone and therefore it is just the x or y chromesome. If you are too acidic then the boy sperm either struggle or die but it makes the girls stronger but if you are too alkaline it is the other way round. When I read this for the first time I also thought this was a load of rubbish but thought I would order some ph strips anyway, I was very alkaline (8.0) which would supposedly strongly favour a boy, I have 3 boys! I cant help but be a little intrigued as to whether it works or not. It is as you say only a little bit of fun but I have changed my diet (and am now very acid) to see if I can get a little girl. Still not 100% convinced but will keep you posted.

Nicola x.

Posted: 09/05/2008 at 07:48

ooh that sounds pretty interesting! please do let me know cos it's something i have just been reading about. good luck ladies. im now reading about battling nausea and morning sickness.

one of my friends swears by this high calorie diet thing and her daughter is a year old now. i cant see the reason in it, but if that works for her- then so be it!

am so excited about my pregnancy. still havent told anyone but my partner and my 2 closest friends.

is there such thing as a 'safe zone' for telling people my good news?

Posted: 09/05/2008 at 21:41

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