How to choose the sex of your next baby
Theoretically, the chances
of a pregnant woman giving birth to a baby girl are roughly 50:50.
accurate, 105 boys are conceived for every 100 girls but slightly higher death
rates among boy babies brings the ratio down to 50:50.)
But evens aren't
very good odds if you're desperate to be able to choose the sex of your
Over the centuries many people have tried to find ways to
manipulate the odds a little.
* The ancient Greeks believed that sperm
from the left testicle meant that a girl would be born while sperm from the
right testicle would produce a boy. In order to try and choose the sex of their
next baby Greek fathers would have one testicle temporarily tied off.
French noblemen were even more determined to obtain male heirs. They would
sometimes have their left testicles cut off completely!
* In Austria
women giving birth who wanted a son next time would ask the midwife to bury the
placenta or afterbirth underneath the nearest nut tree.
* Women living on
the Pelew Islands, east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, used to dress
up in their partners' clothes in the belief that this would help ensure that
they had a baby boy.
* One idea still popular in many countries is that
if a man wants a boy he should make sure that he throws his underpants down on
the right hand side of the bed before making love to his partner.
widespread theories designed to ensure the birth of a baby boy include:
making love with your shoes on
* eating a raw egg beforehand
* making love
only when the wind is coming from the north
These days scientists try to
be more logical when advising parents on the best ways to chose the sex of their
Here's some of the available information:
1. If you want a
boy make love on the day of ovulation. If you want a girl make love at least two
days before ovulation - the time when the female egg is released. Ovulation
usually occurs twelve to sixteen days before a menstrual bleed starts. One in
seven women feel a pain when they ovulate. Others notice that the cervical mucus
their bodies produce becomes wetter around the time of ovulation.
2. If you
want a girl wait until you're older. Young couples seem to have more sons. Older
parents seem to be more likely to give birth to daughters.
3. If you have a
string of sons and are desperate for a daughter - keep trying! The more children
you have the more likely you are to have a girl.
4. If you want a boy make
love when hostilities break out. For some (as yet inexplicable) reason there is
a rise in the number of boys born during or just after a war.
5. Women who
want a girl should either marry an anaesthetist or a fighter pilot. Both groups
seem to father more girls than boys.
6. Some experts claim that if you want a
boy you should eat lots of vegetables (but no lettuce, raw cabbage or
cauliflower; spinach or cress) and lots of fresh fruit. If you want a girl they
say that you should keep your consumption of salt low but drink plenty of milk
and eat lots of rice and pasta.
Advances in genetic engineering mean
that an increasing number of would-be parents are now using science to determine
the sex of their next child.
But there are many who believe that using
too much science is cheating.
And takes much of the fun out of trying
Copyright Vernon Coleman