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Mom's Diet, Baby's Gender

New research suggests that a mother’s diet can actually impact the sex of her baby. Tara Parker-Pope of The New York Times Well blog is on it:
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, shows a link between higher energy intake around the time of conception and the birth of sons. The difference is not huge, but it may be enough to help explain the falling birthrate of boys in industrialized countries, including the United States and Britain.…

…The data is based on a study of 740 first-time pregnant mothers in Britain who didn’t know the sex of their fetus. They provided records of their eating habits before and during the early stages of pregnancy, and researchers analyzed the data based on estimated calorie intake at the time of conception. Among women who ate the most, 56 percent had sons, compared with 45 percent among women who ate the least. As well as consuming more calories, women who had sons were more likely to have eaten a higher quantity and wider range of nutrients, including potassium, calcium and vitamins C, E and B12. There was also a strong correlation between women eating breakfast cereals and producing sons.
I wonder what food causes obnoxiousness, because whatever it its, my mom sure ate a lot of it!
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islandveggie - April 24, 2008 3:56 PM

I have always heard that the baby's gender is determined by the sperm. XY sperm can swim faster but die quicker while XX sperm are slower but can live for longer periods of time, (somewhat like real life!), therefore intercourse before ovulation is more likely to produce a female child because the XX can wait at the site while intercourse after ovulation is more likely to to produce a male. Just my 2 cents. Explained very well in "Taking Charge of your Fertility" by Toni Weschler.

Ann - May 7, 2008 5:21 PM

Yes the fathers sperm does determine the sex but the acidity or alkaline conditions in the vagina determine how long the sperm will thrive, and that is where we can try to control the sex of our child. I think it is funny people try to control this aspect of life. What happened to just wanting healthy baby? I know I did everything during my pregnancy just to stay healthy and have a healthy baby! Check out the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau for some good suggestions.

Francesca Hopkins - June 25, 2009 2:28 AM

I totally agree with the other poster's comments on how we should be grateful for a healthy baby. However, there is no doubt that some couples just want to balance their families. Sometimes, when couples have two or more of the same-sex children, they simply would like a child of the opposite sex. For many, it is like a deep-rooted longing.

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