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Pre-Pregnancy | Falling Pregnant

A Baby Boy or a Baby Girl?

While most couples who are trying to conceive don’t have a preference as to the sex of the baby, there are those couples who would like to do everything they can to ensure either a girl or a boy is born to them.

There are a few theories about ensuring the sex of your baby. The most common one is based on the fact that the female sperm cell (the X chromosome) has a longer life span, while the male sperm cell (the Y chromosome) is a faster swimmer. This theory claims that if intercourse takes place before ovulation, approximately three days prior, you stand a good chance of conceiving a girl. If intercourse occurs at the time of ovulation, however, you stand a better chance of conceiving a boy. Although this theory has been used with success for many couples, please be warned that it is not fool-proof and it’s possible that this method will not work for everyone.

When it comes to folk wisdom there are numerous theories out there, however most are rather unreasonable. One theory says that certain foods you eat can determine your baby’s gender – claiming that if you eat red meat and salty foods you stand more of a chance to have a baby boy, while if you eat fish, veggies and sugars you stand more of a chance of having a baby girl. Another theory says boys are conceived on the odd days of the month, while girls are conceived on even days. One theory even claims that if a man initiates sex, you will have a boy. And if a woman initiates sex, you will have a girl. But of course none of these theories are supported by modern science, so it’s entirely up to you whether you choose to believe in them or not.

Even though you might have three boys and are dying for a girl to balance out your family, or you desperately want a baby brother for your daughter, at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter whether your baby is a girl or a boy as long as he or she is healthy. You should rather concentrate on having fun making a new life!

This ancient Chinese Birth Chart is an entertaining tool you can use to predict whether your baby will be a boy or a girl – based upon your age and the month of conception. Just remember that this chart is for entertainment only and does not guarantee to give accurate results:

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