Your Diet for Conceiving a Boy or a Girl

Jan 14, 2009
Many couples trying to conceive ask if any particular food can help in conceiving a boy or a girl.

According to the recent British study by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford, woman's preferences in diet can influence the sex of a baby. The key findings of the study included:
  1. High-calorie diet contributes to conception of boys. It was found that women who had boys had an average calorie intake of 2,413 daily. In comparison, women who had girls had 2,283 calories intake on average. Around 56 % of women who had high-energy diet in preconception period had boys.

  2. Women skipping breakfast were more likely to have girls, while those who ate breakfast were more likely to give birth to boys.

  3. Authors of the study revealed a link between cereals intake and the odds of having a boy. Women, eating one or more bowls of cereals a day had greater chances of having a boy than those eating less than one bowl per week.

Specialists recommend keeping to a certain diet at least 2 to 3 months prior to conception. It is important to include all nutrients in your diet because lack of essential nutrients can be bad for your fertility.

Conceiving a boy: diet tips

Increase your calorie intake but be careful to choose healthy products. There should be a wide choice of nutrients, including calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12.
Eat breakfast, having various cereals such as oatmeal, barley, wheat berries for getting your day started. You can have a tasty cereal breakfast mixing flakes with nuts and dried fruits.

Recommended products :

Bread and cereals
Vegetables: potatoes, most beans
Fruits: bananas, apricots, oranges, peaches, dates, dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins, figs)
Whole milk

Conceiving a girl: diet tips

You may need to ensure you eat a balanced diet, having enough of calcium and magnum in your daily intake.

You do not need to skip your breakfast, but you may want to have less high-energy start of the day. Include dairy and milk products as well as fruits and nuts for breakfast and lunch.

Recommended products:

Dairy foods (milk, cheese, yogurt)
Fish (Salmon, sardines)
Vegetables: broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, green peas, tomatoes, eggplant, beet
All fruits
Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts