In a Dutch study, 80% of women who ate a special “girl diet” for nine months prior to conception, gave birth to baby girls.
The diet was high in calcium and magnesium and included foods such as fruits, cheese, leafy greens and rice. They were also given supplements and had their blood measured for levels of calcium and magnesium. The women avoided foods high in potassium and sodium such as bananas and potatoes, as they are thought to be more boy-friendly.
Of the 32 women who participated in and completed the five year study, 26 conceived girls.
They were also asked to conceive at a specific point in the cycle; three to four days before ovulation occurs.
The reason for this is that “male sperm,” sperm carrying the XY chromosome, are faster swimmers but they die faster, too. “Female sperm,” those carrying the XX chromosome, linger around longer. So, if you try to conceive right before ovulation– when the egg is released– the female sperm may the only ones left once the egg makes it’s way down to be fertilized. Researchers of this study, however, believe the diet had a greater impact on the outcomes than the time of conception.
The thought is that levels of minerals in the blood can affect the unfertilized egg, making it more receptive to either male or female chromosomes. The researchers who conducted this study are now going to look at how a “boy friendly” diet might sway things in the other direction.
Annet Noorlander, a biologist who led the research said, “People now know that if they do everything we have suggested, their chances of having a girl will improve dramatically. This method is experimental, but we have proved it works.”
What do you think? Would you try this diet in order to conceive a girl? Or could nine months on a specific diet set you up for even more disappointment if it doesn’t work?