Can You Really Change Your Diet To Conceive The Gender Of Your Choice?

There is a lot you need to know before trying to get pregnant. One of those things is being ready to raise either a boy or a girl. You may even have a preference. In fact, 40% of Americans prefer having a boy compared to 28% who want a girl, explains a 2011 Gallup poll. Perhaps you have always dreamed of being a father to a girl or a mother to a boy and wonder if there is a way to increase your chances of picking one. Sadly, there is only anecdotal evidence for certain diets that can conceive a boy or girl, according to Healthline.

However, there are some people who believe there are ways to influence your baby's sex one way or the other. For example, a woman increasing caloric intake, which can raise blood glucose levels, seems to increase the chances of having a boy, according to a 2008 study. Although, this study was quickly shown to be inaccurate and women should not increase calories just to change the sex of their baby, according to Healthline. But are there other changes to your diet you can make to choose a boy or girl?

Eating more alkaline foods may help to conceive a boy

It's important to understand that there is almost no clinical evidence for any diet change affecting the sex of your child. With that being said, many people believe in remedies that they feel do have an influence. One of these popular traditions is to eat more alkaline foods which increase the pH levels in your body and is supposed to help conceive a boy, according to Healthline. Foods high in alkaline include citrus fruits, nuts, and root vegetables.

Y sperm, which carry the Y chromosome that determines male sex, thrive in alkaline environments, explains Miami Obstetrics and Gynecology. So, while having sex, the woman should also have an orgasm before the man as that releases an alkaline substance. 

If you want a girl, eating more acidic foods is supposed to increase the chances (via Healthline). Unfortunately, there is no hard evidence supporting these claims, but eating more fruits and vegetables is always a good thing.