Still waiting on the stork to bring you a bundle of blue? Plenty of parents have a gender preference and try to do what they can to help Mother Nature along before conception. If you're ready to add a baby boy to your family, making a few changes in the bedroom (and out) could tip the odds in your favor.
Also known as "Doggie Style,” this position is highly recommended to couples hoping to conceive a boy, says Stacy Rybchin, founder of My Secret Luxury. Why? "Because it allows for deeper penetration, and consequently, during ejaculation, the male sperm get deposited closer to the cervix.” In general, male sperm are faster, but they don't live as long as females do, so the less distance they have to travel, the better!
Apparently to conceive a boy, you should have sex standing up! This position, like doggie style, enables deep penetration and is also thought to give the faster male sperm an advantage seeing as sperm must swim against gravity to get to the egg. While not backed by science, it's worth a shot if you're hoping for a male.
Seriously, we're not joking! In short, an orgasm causes your vagina to become more alkaline. Fortunately for you, this shift in pH balance majorly favors male sperm, meaning they have a greater shot at actually reaching that egg and fertilizing it first. So go ahead, enjoy yourself, if you catch our drift (hint, hint). Plus, shouldn't we all be doing this anyway?
Timing is, of course, everything when it comes to making a baby. Believe it or not though, the day you do the deed (and the days you don't too!) can potentially influence the gender of your child. To increase your chances of a boy, experienced nurse and midwife Carmen Kosicek, RN, MSN, advises avoiding intercourse in the days (at least four or five) leading up to ovulation. Then do it the day of, she directs. Since male sperm are faster swimmers, the theory here is that'd they'd reach the egg first before the females. "Now, the trick is figuring out exactly when you ovulate!” Don't worry ladies — there are kits for that.
And eat cereal for breakfast! "A study conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK suggests that upping your calorie intake by at least 400 calories per day and consuming cereal especially, along with bananas, fish, vegetables and other high energy foods, can help lead to conception of a boy,” reveals Dr. Ava Cadell, spokesperson for The Experience Channel and renowned love and sex therapist. Interesting, huh?
A half hour or so before getting it on, have your man down a strong cup of caffeinated coffee or a large soda! Dr. Shettles, author of How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby, believes that this will give sperm an extra boost, particularly the males.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/9/2016
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