Want a Baby Boy or Girl?

Choosing the sex of your child is technically possible thanks to advances in fertility treatments that allow doctors to create and identify embryos of a certain sex. But today’s sex-selection options aren’t equally effective, affordable, or available.

If you’re serious about trying one of these techniques, you’ll also have to meet strict eligibility requirements. In some cases you won’t be eligible unless you’re married and already have at least one child of the opposite sex you’re trying for. Some clinics also have age limits or require you to take hormone tests to see if you’re still fertile.

The genetic sex of a child is established at conception based on the 23rd pair of chromosomes it inherits from the parent. The mother’s egg contains an X chromosome, and the father’s sperm will contain either an X or Y chromosome. It is the male (or rather the male’s sperm) that dictates whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

According to folk wisdom, what you put in your body before conceiving may affect what comes out nine months later.]

If you want a boy:

Y chromosome sperm require a PH balance that is more alkalai than acidic. This means that you may need to adjust your diet a little. Foods that are rich in potassium and sodium are ideal if you are trying to have a boy.

• Eat more meat – the redder the better.
• Nuts, hazelnuts, pecans and almonds are high in Potassium
• Stick with salty snacks such as pretzels and chips.
• Dads-to-be: Stock up on soda, especially cola drinks.

If you want a girl:

In order to have the right PH balance in your body to ensure that the X chromosome sperm can reach the egg successfully, you need to give them an environment that is acidic, focus on foods that are high in calcium and magnesium.

• Both partners should eat lots of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.
• Dairy products, milk, yogurt and cheese are calcium rich.
• Green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are good sources of magnesium.
• Eat Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds and Sesame seeds.

It’s all in the timing… or the direction

In a society where many people still check their daily horoscope for guidance, is it any surprise that superstition and folklore also dictate when to make love if you want to pick your baby’s sex?

If you want a boy:

• Make love when there’s a quarter moon in the sky.
• Have sex at night.
• Mark your calendar – more boys are conceived on odd days of the month.
• Follow the compass – one of our users swears that pointing the woman’s head north while you make love guarantees a boy.

If you want a girl:

• Do the baby dance when the moon is full.
• Make a date for love in the afternoon.
• Get together on the even days of the month.

Studies indicate that the sperm with the X chromosome – or female chromosome – have a longer life span than the male sperm (with the Y chromosome).

Yet the male sperm appear to have a higher motility. Sperm motility is measured in two ways: percentage of sperm exhibiting movement, and the quality of this movement, which is called the forward progression. Poor motility means the sperm have a difficult time swimming toward the egg.

In comparison, the sperm with the X chromosome – or female chromosome – have a longer life span than the male sperm, but exhibit decreased motility. Therefore, intercourse that takes place earlier may provide increased probability of a girl.

However, sperm carrying the Y chromosome uses energy faster than the sperm carrying the X chromosome. The energy utilization is said to be due to the speed in which sperm swim. Supposedly, the Y sperm is speedy or contains less mitochondria whereas the X sperm is slower or carries more mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy producing cellular components which are absolutely necessary for life. Sperm contain, and can only produce, so much fuel for their journey.

It is believed that if intercourse takes place closer to ovulation, then the probability is greater that the child will be male, due to the high motility (forward progression) and also the decreased life span of the Y carrying sperm.

You know you ovulate 14 days before your next cycle. You must deliver sperm no closer than 4 days before ovulation. This way, the Y carrying sperm will likely be expired and the X carrying sperm still viable. When the egg is released at about 5 days after intercourse, the X carrying sperm will be in the fallopian tube waiting. If an X chromosome sperm fertilizes the egg, a girl will be conceived.

If you want a boy – aim for later intercourse before ovulation – say about 1 day before ovulation. Have frequent intercourse around the time of ovulation. A male with a high sperm count is more likely to have a boy.

However, you must take into consideration that in the end it is Allah who determines the sex of your child. As it is stated in Holy Quran:

هُوَ الَّذِي يُصَوِّرُكُمْ فِي الأَرْحَامِ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

”He it is who shapes you in the wombs as He pleases. There is no god but He, the exalted in might, the wise” [03:06]

To sum up, there is no 100% guarantee that you will be able to conceive a boy or a girl using these methods, but it could increase your chances significantly. No matter what gender your child ends up being, the important thing is that they are healthy. It is fun to try and naturally select the gender of your future child, but at the end of the day there are many different factors that will ultimately decide their sex.

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