This is a continuation of my previous post “How To Conceive A Baby Boy”, the second post in a three part series, this topic is equally fascinating and is sure to get some minds wandering, some faces smiling and hopefully some labour room bustling….9 months from now.
What determines the sex of the baby is the sperm that succeeds in fertilizing the egg/ovum. The egg contains an X chromosome from the mother and the sperm may contain either an X chromosome or a Y chromosome from the father. If a Y sperm reaches the egg first and fertilizes it, then we will get a boy. If an X sperm wins the race instead and reaches the egg first and fertilizes it, then we get a girl. In order to conceive a girl, we have to make sure that we fix the race so that the X sperm will have a higher chance of winning.
As compared to the Y sperm, the X sperm is larger and heavier, it swims a lot slower but it can last longer especially in an acidic environment. Meanwhile the Y sperm is smaller, lighter and swims a lot faster, however it doesn’t last as long especially in acidic and harsh conditions.
Because the X sperm swims at a slower pace, the best time for intercourse is 2-4 days prior to ovulation, as this will give ample time for the X sperm to reach the egg and fertilize it. This also gives an advantage to the X sperm as the X sperm has a much longer life span and is able to withstand harsh and acidic conditions longer, whereas the Y sperm would have died off much earlier. However, if intercourse is done on the day of ovulation, the Y sperm which swims a lot faster, will be the first to reach the egg.
The depth of penetration is another factor that we need to consider. A shallow penetration which deposits the sperm furthest away from the cervical opening will mean a longer route and this will favour the slow swimming, yet resilient X sperm. Instead a deeper penetration gives the Y sperm a higher chance of winning the race.
The X sperm is more resilient and last longer than the Y sperm especially in an acidic environment. One way to increase acidity in the vaginal canal is by vaginal douching. Douching with an acidic fluid such as a mixture of water and vinegar 30 minutes before intercourse will therefore increase our chances of conceiving a girl. Commercial preparations for douching such as “Summer’s Eve’s – Water and Vinegar” are available at most pharmacies.
Consuming a more acidic diet is also recommended, this includes oat, corn, rice, spaghetti, macaroni, olive, plum, prune, beans such as soy, lentils, red beans, dairy products such as butter, cheese, ice-cream, peanut butter, cashew nut, walnut, red meat, sardines, coffee and carbonated drinks like coca-cola.
Alkaline foods should be consumed less, this includes vegetables such as alfalfa, spirulina, brocolli, spinach, cabbage, celery, cucumber, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, onion, salad, mushroom, sweet potato, pumpkin and tomato. It also includes fruits such as apple, pear, banana, dates, raisins, dried fig, watermelon, honeydew, fresh coconut, strawberry, almond, chestnut and citrus fruits. Curry powder, cinnamon, ginger, sea salt, herbs, mineral water, fruit and vegetable juice are also alkaline. Even though the citrus fruits may taste sour but they have an alkalinizing effect on the body.You don’t have to consume food from just the acidic group, just make sure that you consume more acidic food than you do the alkaline ones.
If you have enjoyed reading these tips, don’t forget to share with your friends and be sure to wait for my third and final part in this series, “How To Conceive Twins”. On a final note, I wish you all the very best of luck and have lots of fun trying.