Techniques exist to help couples conceive the baby of their dreams. But is that such a good thing? Jennifer Merrill Thompson was confident the baby she was carrying—her second—was a girl.
Still, there may be a few surprising factors that can influence whether you end up with an XY or an XX as the fetus develops in the womb, says Fiona Mathews, program director for biosciences and animal behavior at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Don't plan on using these strategies for family planning purposes, though: The ideas below "may sway the probabilities," she says, "but only to a small extent. Babies conceived via assisted-reproduction techniques may be more likely to be a boy or a girl depending on the technique used, according to a study from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. There are a variety of theories about influencing the sex of a baby. But do they have any scientific merit or are they just old wives' tales?
So it all comes down to the banana. The yellow fruit with the phallic shape — appropriate in this context — is the best dietary aid for intending mothers wanting a boy, according to research published yesterday. In what they claim is the first scientific evidence that diet influences infant gender, researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford have found that women who consume more calories around the time of conception, and, in particular, eat more bananas, are more likely to have sons. At the same time, those who skip breakfast and breakfast seems to be key are more likely to have daughters.
Whether they work is a different matter Quite a lot of us would choose the gender of our baby given the option. Unfortunately there is no strong medical evidence that there is a surefire way to push the odds one way or another.
By Roxanne Khamsi. The research shows that mice given drugs to lower their blood-sugar levels produced significantly more female than male pups. The findings lend credence to traditional beliefs that eating certain foods can influence the sex of offspring.
The first evidence that women can influence the sex of their child by what they eat before they become pregnant is published today. Truth in old wives' tales on baby gender. The study, which links higher energy intake around conception to the birth of sons, provides the first explanation of why the number of boy babies is in decline in the west, suggesting it is the result of women consuming low fat foods and skipping breakfast, among other things.
Some have wishes and visions of frilly pink dresses while some have visions of race cars and bow ties. The truth is, when it comes to trying to conceive a little girl or a little boy, there is so much that goes into what gender sperm will cross the finish line. They say the man determines the gender of the baby, which is true, but there are ways a woman can help the process to get whatever gender is desired.
The sex of a baby controls the level of small molecules known as metabolites in the pregnant mother's blood, which may explain why risks of some diseases in pregnancy vary depending whether the mother is carrying a boy or a girl, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The findings, published today in JCI Insighthelp to explain, for example, why male babies in the womb may be more vulnerable to the effects of poor growth, and why being pregnant with a girl may lead to an increased risk of severe pre-eclampsia for the mother. A team led by researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, performed detailed scientific studies of more than 4, first time mothers and analysed samples of placenta and maternal blood. They found that the genetic profile of the placentas of male and female babies were very different in relation to the baby's sex.