Do you already have one boy (or several), and now you want to have a girl? Or perhaps you grew up with only brothers, and always wondered what it would be like to have a girl? Are you asking how to conceive a girl when there are only boys in the family?
Some people choose to leave gender selection to chance, which can be great fun to find out whether they are having a boy or girl on the day of birth. However, some other parents would like to tip the scales in their favour of conceiving a particular gender.
How to conceive a girl
So what are the factors that can help you conceive a girl?
First, understanding the science behind what creates little boys and little girls is the easiest way to increase the chances of conceiving the gender of your choice. In particular, knowing the differences between sperm is what is most important.
So what are the differences in sperm?
As you may already know, sperm can be X or Y chromosomes. X chromosomes result in a girl baby when they fertilize the female’s egg. Y chromosomes result in boy babies upon fertilization. The mother’s egg always contains an X chromosome.
X (from mother) + X (from father) = Girl baby
X (from mother) + Y (from father) = Boy baby
What other differences exist between X and Y sperm?
X sperm chromosomes are heartier and live longer in a woman’s body. On the other hand, Y sperm chromosomes are weaker and do not live as long, dying off more quickly inside a woman’s body. X chromosomes also swim more slowly, compared to Y chromosomes.
Therefore, to increase your chances to conceive a girl, you will want to ensure that there are no Y sperm still inside your body so that the X sperm fertilize the egg when you ovulate.
So how do you make this happen then?
When to have sex
If you want to have a girl, you need to plan to have sex about two to four days before you ovulate. By then, the Y sperm will have died off, and the slower-moving, longer-living X sperm will presumably get to the egg to fertilize it.
This is just one factor that can help you in getting pregnant with a girl. For best results, you need to combine several techniques for higher success.
Foods to choose
It has been suggested that eating lots of calcium and magnesium-rich foods will increase your chances of having a girl.
Adding acidic foods to your diet such as chocolate, citrus fruits and vinegar will help to make the vaginal environment more acidic, ideal to conceive a girl.
On the other hand, you should moderate your consumption of potassium, sodium and caffeine which may make the environment more alkaline.
Eat plenty of calcium and magnesium-rich foods such as chicken, rice, eggs, cheese, beans and berries.
Take a bath
As above, it is thought that a more acidic vaginal environment may help you to conceive a girl.
There is a theory that douching with a mixture of one part vinegar to 4 parts water after sex may help.
This is supposed to increase the pH level of the vagina and helps kill the sperm with Y chromosome.
Proceed with caution with this one!
You can find out more here: How To Conceive A Girl: Fertility Guide To Having A Girl: Tried And Proven Methods Of Conceiving A Girl by Dana Tebow.