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Trying to Conceive a Boy or a Girl? Check Out These 10 Tips

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    For a Girl

    It's All in the Timing
    According to The Shettles Method developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles in the 1960s, X-chromosome (girl) sperm travel slower than Y-chromosome (boy) sperm and live longer, opening up your conception window. So don't wait until you ovulate. Use our handy dandy ovulation calculator to help you plan to do the deed two or more days before ovulation. Or you could try The Whelan Method, named after Elizabeth Whelan, author of Boy or Girl, which is basically the opposite approach. The Shettles Method boasts a slightly higher success rate of 75 percent at conceiving the child of choice.

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    For a Boy

    Dig into Your Medicine Cabinet
    The guaifenesin in your cough syrup that thins your nasal mucus works in your girly parts too. That is supposedly more favorable for Y-chromosome (boy) sperm. Check the ingredients list to be sure you're getting one with only the guaifenesin and not one for multi-cold symptoms.

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    Just Say "No" to the Big O
    Women's orgasms move sperm closer to the cervix. So it's like giving those faster, male sperm a head start to the finish line. Don't feel cheated though; you'll get yours soon. Many moms claim pregnant sex is the best they've had due to increased blood flow down below.

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    For a Boy

    Acid Trip
    Acidic conditions are said to kill boy sperm. So try an alkaline diet a few weeks before conception. Here's an acid/alkaline food chart to get you started. Bumping up your sodium and potassium intake is also suggested for those trying to conceive boys. Start off your morning with a power smoothie with green powder. If nothing else, it will get you healthier, which is great for your pre-baby body.

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    For a Girl

    Chinese Lunar Calendar
    Enter your age at conception and the month into our Chinese Lunar Calendar to use this ancient tool, which is said to be more than 90 percent accurate.

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    For a Boy

    Ditch the Cardio
    Finally, you've got an excuse to ditch the cardio! If only we'd tell you that your chances of conceiving a boy would increase by consuming chocolate while catching up on your Netflix list in your yoga pants too, right? Hit the weights, and focus on strength training because weight loss is said to sway toward baby girls.

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    For a Girl

    Skip the Salt
    Salt is not good for you or your chances of having a girl, supposedly. The theory is to make dietary changes to alter your body's pH levels a few weeks before trying to conceive. Acidic conditions are said to kill boy sperm. However, this doesn't mean covering your food in lemon and vinegar. Here's an acid/alkaline food chart for reference. Bumping up your calcium and magnesium intake is also suggested.

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    For a Boy

    Consult the Kama Sutra
    Sexual positions that provide deeper penetration, like doggy style, give the faster, male Y sperm a head start farther away from the more acidic entrance of the vagina.

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    Fork up the Dough
    Ultimately, the only sure-fire way to conceive a boy or a girl is through in vitro fertilization. The process is pricey and controversial – we're talking $20,000+.

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    For a Boy

    Caffeine Jolt
    Dads-to-be can get in on the fun, too! Have him drink a caffeinated beverage before you do the deed, which is thought to make the Y-sperm more active.

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