Weird Ways I've Tried to Conceive a Girl
To Maternity… and Beyond! Chelsea Day is already mom to two boys, and she's hoping to make Baby No. 3 a little girl. Too bad "thinking pink" is kinda boring.
How long we’ve been trying: 274 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 25
How many times we’ve had sex: 77
The strategy: Think pink.
I have two young sons, born back-to-back. During both pregnancies, I insisted that I didn’t care what gender we had, “As long as it’s healthy, we’ll be happy!”
Now we’re trying to get pregnant again, and we’ve been pretty open about our attempts to have another kid close to our first two. When your primary occupation is sharing your every waking thought with the internet, it’s pretty easy for friends to call your bluff. “You’re totally going for a girl, aren’t you?” they ask. “Third time’s a charm!”
I admit it. I really want a girl. Even though that apparently means all missionary style, all the time. And not having an orgasm. And changing my diet. Man, I must be a real sucker for bows and dresses.
It turns out that there are some very specific things you can do to increase your odds of conceiving a girl. The first and most guaranteed option is “spinning the sperm.” You give a doctor ten or fifteen thousand dollars and they’ll do some magical lab work to see to it that you get the gender of your choice. This isn’t a fit for us, since I’m no Donald Trump and don’t want to play God.
On to more natural options…
Ovulation and sex timing plays a large part in baby gender. Boy sperm swim faster than girl sperm but die out more quickly as well. Couples trying to have a girl are advised to have sex two to four days before ovulation so that only girl sperm are still hanging around in there, waiting for an egg to fertilize. The tricky part of all this is that couples who limit themselves to sex early on in ovulation are obviously decreasing their overall chances of getting pregnant. They may eventually be more likely to have a girl, but they better be patient.
I’m running out of patience.
Due to girls being slower swimmers, another popular method of getting pregnant with a girl is to use sexual positions that decrease penetration depth. This restricts how close to the cervix the sperm are deposited and increases the likelihood that male sperm will die off before reaching the egg. So it’s all missionary, all the time.
Avoiding orgasm is another “helpful” tip for women trying to get pregnant (I guess the helpfulness here depends on how you look at it). Orgasm releases acidic liquids, and male sperm thrive in an alkaline environment. Along the same lines, it’s recommended that women eat lots of calcium and magnesium-containing food to minimize acid and keep body chemistry in prime condition for a girl.
In other words: eat boring food and have boring sex. Awesome.
I’m re-evaluating how badly I want a girl.
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