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

by Katie McIntyre

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

Okay, so forget the sugar, spice, slugs and snails. We all know girls and boys are made of sperm and eggs. But if you’re trying to conceive one or the other, here are some fun tips to try to tip the scales. For the record, I followed all the tips for a boy and welcomed our second baby girl with open arms last year. It did give me a sense of satisfaction knowing I’d tried though. Did any of these work for you? We want to know!

An ovulation calendar uses daily body temperature readings from a thermometer to predict conception windows

How To Conceive A Girl: Pay Attention to 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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Guaifenesin, an ingredient in some cough syrups, may help conceive a boy.

How To Conceive 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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Women's orgasms may give male sperm a head start.

How To Conceive A Girl: 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 sex during pregnancy is the best they’ve had due to increased blood flow down below.

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Adding salt to a plate of food to help conceive a boy.

How To Conceive A Boy: Eat Acidic Foods

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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A Chinese Lunar Calendar can help predict a baby's sex based on your age at conception and the month of conception.

How To Conceive A Girl: Use the 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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Strength training with weights, instead of doing cardio, may help conceive a boy.

How To Conceive 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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Altering your body's pH levels by eating acidic foods like a glass of lemonade may help conceive a girl.

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How to Conceive 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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Deeper penetration during intercourse may give male sperm a head start.

How To Conceive 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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In vitro fertilization, a pricy and controversial process, can guarantee conception of your chosen sex.

How To Conceive A Girl: 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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Consuming caffeine before intercourse, such as drinking a cup of coffee, is thought to make Y-sperm more active.

How To Conceive A Boy: Give Y-Sperm a 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.