Are there any signs and tests I can do earlier in my pregnancy to find out the sex of my baby?
Yes, there are plenty. But most of them really aren’t very accurate, and many of them have no actual basis in science at all. But they’re all interesting to do – and we know that plenty of people enjoy doing them and finding out the results.
We’ve identified below 30 of the most common boy/girl signs and tests. And we’ve grouped them loosely, by type of sign, into:
- early scan signs
- the heartbeat sign
- telltale body signs
- signs from home tests
- predictions from dates and charts
- emotional signs
- traditional signs passed down the years
Do take them with a pinch of salt. “For the majority of these, there isn’t evidence that they work,” says Dr Philippa, “but they might be fun!” So get out the baking soda, assess the angle of the dangle, count corvids and watch how you pick up your keys – but don’t order your gender reveal cake on the results…
Here are 30 signs that could predict if your baby’s a boy or a girl
THE EARLY SCAN SIGNS
While, as we’ve seen above, it’s the 20-week scan that will most reliably reveal your baby’s sex, there are various theories and methods that are said to tell you if your baby is a boy or a girl by looking at scan you have done earlier in your pregnancy – either your NHS 12-week ‘dating’ scan or a ‘gender-reveal’ scan you may have booked at a private clinic, from about 16 weeks…
1. The Nub Theory
This boy or girl prediction involves looking at an early scan and making a note of the rather intriguingly named ‘angle of the dangle’.
This is all about how the nub or bump of your baby’s genital tube (the very early beginnings of your baby’s genitals) is angled, compared to your baby’s spine. According to the Nub Theory, if the angle between the base of the spine and the nub is less than 30°, it’s a girl; if it’s greater than 30°, it’s a boy.
However, the reliability of this test is very low, especially if it’s done on a 12-week scan. “Up until your 14th or 15th week, the female and male genitalia simply look too similar to 100% differentiate between the two,” says Dr Geetha Venkat, Director of the Harley Street Fertility Clinic. “This can potentially lead to inaccuracies.”
So, get your protractor out by all means but don’t dangle all your hopes on the angle you’re measuring.
2. The Skull Theory
This scan-based boy/girl prediction theory is based on the assumption that a boy’s skull and a girl’s skull look different – and that you can see that in a scan picture. It assumes that a boy’s head and facial features will be bigger and blockier than a girl’s, and that there are some telltale points of difference in the shape of the cheekbones, jawbone and forehead.
But before you start analysing your 12-week scan picture, be warned that, according to Professor Christoph Lees, Consultant Obstetrician and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, “there is no scientific evidence that it works”.
In fact, most experts would agree that any differences between male skulls and female skulls don’t develop until after puberty – so a few more years yet for that baby in your belly. And, for this reason, Kristina Killgrove, a bioarchaeologist at the University of West Florida says that the theory makes no sense whatsoever. “Until you get to maturity, or at least puberty,” she says, “you just don’t get these sexually dimorphic features of skulls in males and females.”
3. The Ramzi Theory or Ramzi Method
The Ramzi Theory (or Method) is said to be able to predict if you’re having a boy or girl based on where your placenta is positioned in your uterus as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. This is something that can be seen on an early transvaginal scan or at the routine 12-week scan.
The theory goes that, if the placenta is on your right, you’re having a boy; if it’s on your left, you’re having a girl. Author of the theory, Dr Saam Ramzi Ismail, claims his method is 97% accurate but his findings were based on a very small number of women. What’s more, his study was not published in a peer-reviewed article and it has not been replicated.
“There is no scientific research behind this,” says Professor Christoph, “and, given that many placentas are neither on the left nor the right side, it is highly improbable that this theory has any validity at all.”
4. The 3 lines or ‘potty shot’ method
Now, this is the scan sign that you can most confidently rely on. It’s the method used by NHS sonographers at your 20-week scan to see if you’re having a boy or a girl – and private clinics tend to use it, too, when you book a ‘gender reveal’ scan from 16 weeks.
The reason it’s called the 3 lines method is that if, during you scan, the sonographer looks at your baby’s genitalia and can see 3 white lines (the outline of the labia), then that usually means your baby is a girl. If your baby is a boy, depending on how far you are on with your pregnancy and whether or not your baby’s in a position that allows the sonographer to view from underneath, it can be possible to see the clear outline of his genitalia.
This method is the most accurate method of predicting your baby’s sex. However, you won’t be given any cast-iron guarantees. As Nigel Thomson of the Society of Radiographers says, “Even if the 3 lines are identified, it is still only an opinion from the sonographer – albeit a reasonably accurate one.”
THE HEARTBEAT SIGN
5. Horse or train heartbeat
At your dating scan, you may hear your baby’s heartbeat – if your sonographer’s scanning equipment has sound – and you may find your midwife uses a handheld Doppler device to listen to your baby’s heartbeat at one of your antenatal appointments (though this is more routine later on in your pregnancy). If you do hear your baby’s heartbeat, listen hard: does it sound more like a galloping horse or a runaway train? If it’s a galloping horse, so the theory goes, you’re having a girl; if it sounds like a train, you’re having a boy.
Some people have refined this heartbeat theory further to say if your baby’s heartbeat rate is at under 140 beats per minute, it’s a garland if it’s over 140 beat per minute, it’s a boy.
But according to Dr Philippa and a 2006 US study published in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, there is no evidence that there’s a significant difference between a boy and girl’s heartbeat rate during the 1st trimester of pregnant. “A baby’s heart rate will be somewhere between 110 and 160 beats per minute – much faster than an adult’s,” says Dr Philippa, “but that applies to boys and girls equally and here is no evidence that a heartbeat sounding like a train or a horse indicates a girl or a boy.”
TELLTALE BODY SIGNS
A large number of signs and tests that are said to predict if your baby is a boy or a girl are based around how your pregnancy is affecting your body. Changes to your skin or hair and what you bump looks like are all said to reveal your baby’s sex. Although there is precious little clinical evidence to back these theories up, some people swear by them.
6. High or low bump
A classic ‘sign’ of what sex baby you’re having is how you’re carrying – in other words, if your bump is all out in front or more spread out around. A spread-out bump that sits high is supposed to indicate that you are carrying a girl, and a lower, more compact bump is said to show you are having a boy.
You’ll definitely have strangers giving you their boy/girl predictions based on this one – but whether they are right or not will be about as accurate as any 50/50 guess as there is no scientific basis for this ‘sign’ at all.
7. Bad morning sickness
The theory with this one is that you can tell you’re having a girl if you have bad morning sickness. The medical jury is out on this one but it’s fair to say most experts are not exactly convinced.
“Pregnancy hormones can make women feel very poorly early on in pregnancy,” says Dr Geeta, “and if your baby is a girl, there will be an increased level of oestrogen within your body, which can often lead to sickness. That said, I have seen many women suffering from bad morning sickness who have gone on to have boys, so this is not a definitive identification tool.”
8. Shiny hair or dull skin
Some people think that specific changes to your skin and hair are indications of the sex of your baby. So, you get dull skin or acne with a girl, and with a boy, according to this theory, you get shiny hair. In reality, there is no evidence to support these beliefs. It is true that pregnancy can cause changes to your complexion and hair condition but it doesn’t follow that your pregnancy skin ‘glow’ means you’re having a boy.
9. Breast size changes
If you’re pregnant and your left breast is bigger than your right, this means you’re having a girl – apparently. And if it’s your right breast that is bigger, then – you’ve guessed it – you’re having a boy. Hmmm, there really is nothing scientific to back this up, so don’t get fixated on spotting any differences in breast size. Your breasts may well go through lots of changes during your pregnancy but the sex of your baby won’t be the cause.
10. Nipple colour
If you find your areolas (the ‘bumpy’ area around your nipples) become really dark and almost brown, then the theory goes that you’re expecting a baby boy. Thing is, the vast majority of women find their areola colour darkens during pregnancy but last time we looked the number of baby boys being born isn’t vastly outnumbering the number of baby girls…
11. Dark lines on your belly
It’s common in pregnancy to notice a darkish line (called ‘linea nigra’) stretching down your belly. If it only comes as far as your belly button, then it’s said to be a sign that you’re having a girl; if it stretches past your belly button, however, it’s a sign you’re having a boy. There’s no evidence to support this bit of pregnancy folklore but it’s fun to keep track of your line and speculate.
12. High or low blood pressure
Believe it or not, this theory says you can predict your baby’s sex based on your blood pressure 26 weeks before conception. The theory is based on the findings of a 2017 Canadian study of group of Chinese women published in the American Journal of Hypertension, where the women with higher systolic blood pressure ended up giving birth to a boy and the women with lower systolic blood pressure gave birth to a girl.
So this one does have some science behind it – but it’s worth knowing that the study was widely greeted with scepticism at the time. Geoffrey Trew, a reproductive medicine consultant at London’s Hammersmith Hospital’s was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, “I would be very surprised that a BP measurement, which is notoriously variable, could dictate sex 26 weeks before conception. Some reptiles can have sex differences due to temperature changes at the time of early fetal growth but not 26 weeks beforehand.”
13. Shape of your face
If your face is rounder and fuller, then you’re expecting a girl, this theory goes. Bizarrely, there’s an additional detail that if your nose starts to grow or widen, it’s definitely a girl as she’s trying to ‘steal’ your beauty! Not the greatest way to set up a healthy mother/daughter relationship – and also has no evidence to back it up.
There are a few tests you can take at home that are said to predict if you’re having a boy or girl. We’ve included the most well known ones here, including a ‘chemistry’ test with baking soda and others with pendulums, keys and feet…
14. The baking soda test
This gender-prediction test is all about using chemistry to help reveal whether you’re having a boy or girl. It’s based on observing how your urine (yes, you read that right!) reacts with baking soda. If, after you have poured some of your wee onto a couple of spoonfuls of baking soda, it fizzes, then you’re having a boy. If there’s no noticeable reaction, it’s a girl.
It’s all meant to be based on the idea that your unborn baby can affect the acidity of your wee – but this test has no real scientific proof behind it.
Watch the baking soda test on YouTube
15. The cupping hands test
This is a test recently demonstrated on ITV by This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby (above). She reckons you can tell if you’re having a boy or a girl by the position of your hands when you use them to cup the sides of your bump.
If your hands curve round the side of your baby belly (top pic), it’s a girl; if they go slightly inwards (bottom pic), it’s a boy. We’re not entirely sure we can see the difference from Holly’s demo, to be honest, and again, there’s no scientific basis for this test but, well, you’ve a 50/50 chance of being right!
16. The key pick-up test
This one’s a tricky one to do on yourself because it’s a test of how you spontaneously pick up a key – but, once you know what it’s looking for, it’s hard to do it spontaneously! But anyway, apparently, if you pick up the key by the round (handle) end, you’re having a boy and if you pick it up by the narrow end (the bit that goes into the lock first), you’re having a girl. Oh, and if you pick it up somewhere in between, then it’s twins!
Obvious bunkum but again, you have a 50/50 chance of being right (if you ignore the twins bit)!
17. The reflexology test
This test involves putting the soles of your feet together and looking to see if a particular area on one foot is ‘fatter’ than on the other foot. The area to look at is the bit between the heel and the arch – which is apparently the area of the foot reflexologists believe to be related to the uterus. If your left foot looks ‘fatter’ in that area, you’re having a girl (reflexologists see the left side as feminine); if the right foot looks fatter at that same place, you’re having a boy (reflexologists see the left side as masculine).
There are no scientific studies to verify the association between this area of the foot and your uterus, let alone the association between sides of your body and femininity/masculinity. But it’s fun to do – and, when we’ve done it, there is always a difference!
18. The pendulum test
Jools Oliver (pictured below) famously gave this test a go with baby number 5. It’s all about how a pendulum, held loosely, swings over your bump. Apparently, if the pendulum swings back and forth, you’re expecting a boy. But if it moves in a circular motion, you’ll be having a girl.
Jools did not reveal whether the pendulum gave her a correct prediction but, if it did work, there would have been some back and forth action, as her 5th child was a little boy.
DATES AND CHARTS
Some of the gender tests that claim to be able to predict if you’re having boy or girl are truly from the old olden days. They generally rely on calendars or date checks – and not a lot of scientific research…
19. The Chinese Gender Prediction chart
This one’s a calendar which is said to reveal the sex of your baby based on your lunar age (you age plus 1 year) charted against the month of your baby’s conception.
To work out if you’re having a boy or girl, according to this method, you’ll need to cross-reference a few bits of info – such as your age at conception and the month you conceived. The test has no scientific basis but you can have a bit of fun with it and get an answer that will have 50% chance of being right.
20. The Mayan calendar
The Chinese Gender Prediction chart has become pretty well known now. The Mayan chart is very similar, but not so mainstream.
It involves charting your age at conception and your baby’s birth month – and looking at odd and even numbers. Fun to do but by no means accurate. I used this retrospectively on my 3 children and got a 0% success rate, I’m sorry to report!
Now we’re getting deep into totally unscientific territory but there are some well-rehearsed theories that the state of your emotions in pregnancy could predict if your baby will be a girl or a boy. Here are the most well-known ones…
21. Mood swings
If you get severe mood swings when you’re pregnant, it supposedly means you’re having a baby girl. Although, considering the surge of hormones flowing through your body, we think you’d be hard pushed to find a mum-to-be who doesn’t have times when she feel moody – and we’re not seeing a huge flood of little girls, are we?
22. Dreams about girls or boys
Now this is a bit of an upside-down one. If you lie in bed dreaming about little girls, chances are you’re having a boy; and if you dream about boys, it’s a girl you’re likely to be expecting. Slightly perverse and completely unscientific but weird enough to get you thinking…
What Is The Sign Of Baby Boy Pregnancy
Here are five of the most popular old wives’ tales regarding your baby’s sex. Keep in mind that none of these tales are based on fact. Instead, they’re myths and are simply for fun.
Remember: Even if some of these points run true for you (or have in the past), there’s a 50-50 chance of them being right either way.
1. Morning sickness
You may have heard that the severity of morning sickness is a clue about your baby’s sex.
With girls, the thought is that hormone levels are higher. For that reason, you’ll have more morning sickness. With boys, you should have relatively smooth sailing in the sickness department.
The truth is that morning sickness can vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy.
A study published in The Lancet revealed that women who had severe morning sickness in pregnancy were more likely to have girls. Otherwise, there isn’t much scientific evidence to support this idea.
2. Skin condition
Some people believe that a girl baby will steal the mother’s beauty. On the other hand, boys won’t give you as much acne.
A similar tale revolves around hair growth. With a boy, your hair will be longer and have more luster. With a girl, it will be limp and dull.
There’s no truth either way. Hormones are just crazy in pregnancy and affect all women differently. Washing your face frequently can help with breakouts.
With boys, you crave salty and savory foods like pickles and potato chips. With girls, it’s all about the sweets and chocolate.
In truth, no conclusive studies have been performed on food cravings as an accurate predictor of sex. Those cravings probably have more to do with your changing nutritional needs.
4. Heart rate
One of the most universal myths about gender revolves around your baby’s heart rate. If the beats per minute are under 140, the baby is supposed to be a boy. Higher than 140, it’s a girl.
Unfortunately, though this one sounds more scientific, there’s no hard truth behind it. A study published in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy revealed that there’s no meaningful difference between boy and girl heart rates in early pregnancy.
If you carry low, you might be having a boy. Carry high? It’s likely a girl.
Actually, how you carry during pregnancy has more to do with the shape of your uterus, your unique body type, and your abdominal muscles.
Though sex is set from the start, you’ll likely need to wait a while before you decide to paint the nursery pink or blue.
There are a few ways you can find out the sex of your baby earlier, including the following.
Free cell DNA blood tests
You can now take a blood test as early as nine weeks into your pregnancy. This can reveal your baby’s sex.
Free cell DNA tests like Panorama work in pregnancy because your blood is carrying traces of your baby’s DNA. You give a blood sample, send it to the group’s lab, and get your results in about 7 to 10 days.
But revealing the gender isn’t the main goal of these tests. They’re actually a first line of testing for Down syndrome and other genetically inherited conditions.
Learning the sex is just a bonus. As a result, these tests aren’t necessarily covered under insurance unless you’re over age 35 or have a history that might warrant genetic investigation.
Other genetic testing
You may have an amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling (CVS) during your pregnancy. These tests are similar to the free cell DNA blood test, but they are more invasive. Like the free cell DNA tests, they can tell you your baby’s sex, just not as early.
A CVS is usually performed between weeks 10 and 12. An amniocentesis is performed between weeks 15 and 18.
If all you want to find out is the sex of your baby, you may want to skip these tests. They do carry some miscarriage risk. They are generally only recommended for older women, or couples with a family history of certain genetic conditions.
You can typically find out the sex of your baby via ultrasound. This will be performed between 18 and 20 weeks.
The ultrasonographer will look at your baby’s image on the screen and examine the genitals for different markers that suggest boy or girl. This is part of a larger anatomy scan.
Even when you have an ultrasound, the technician may not be able to determine the sex of your baby due to a number of circumstances. If your baby isn’t cooperating and in an ideal position, you may need a repeat scan or might have to simply wait to find out
What Are Symptoms Of Pregnancy For Baby Boy
Couples who are desperately trying for a baby boy keep guessing that in pregnancy what the symptoms of baby boy are. If you are also pregnant and want to know baby boy pregnancy symptoms than you have reached the right post. Here, we have come up with 10 visible symptoms of baby boy during pregnancy. Well, these are just beliefs that claim to be baby boy symptoms and they work for few women, and not for everyone. So, request you not to go only with these myths. But eat healthy, be happy and stay stress free to welcome a healthier and happier prince or princess.
WHEN IS BABY SEX DETERMINED
Believe it or not, your baby sex is set as soon as the sperm meets the egg. It’s at the point of conception when a baby gets 23 chromosomes from each of their parents. Along with the gender, things like eye colour, hair colour, and even intelligence are already determined.
10 VISIBLE SYMPTOMS OF BABY BOY DURING PREGNANCY
Here are 10 symptoms to predict baby gender.
1. Height and Shape of Your Bump
There are tons of opinions on this! It is said that if you are carrying low in your abdomen possibly you are having a boy. It is like a basketball is in your tummy and very low. A low pregnant belly, closer to your pelvis is usually indication of baby boys. For girls, it is thought you carry higher. Though there is no scientific explanation to why baby boys are carried low, it certainly is fun to guess.
Usually, when a pregnant woman’s belly is lower it has to do with her body type or just her muscle mass. While this symptom of baby boy during pregnancy is considered to be a myth by some. Many believe it to be completely true that carrying low equals to a boy.
2. Food Cravings
One of the popular symptoms of having a baby boy is related to your pregnancy cravings. What kind of food you crave might be an indicator of your baby’s gender. Are you craving for sour, savoury, or salty food. It is believed that if you crave for savoury and spicy snacks, it is expected to be a baby boy. But if you are going gaga over sweets than it can be a baby girl. While it is nice to indulge in cravings and get pampered, do watch if it is healthy as well.
3. Morning Sickness
Another most common pregnancy symptom is morning sickness. When you are suffering from Nausea and actually start throwing up, it is an indication that a baby is growing inside you. Morning sickness happens because of the hormonal changes that happen during pregnancy. Your hormones can go mad and it will be tough to keep food inside. The lesser mornings without any morning sickness, the more chances to welcome a junior master.
Not to forget, even the sight or taste of certain foods can have you rush to the bathroom. When you have heard a lot about morning sickness from your closed ones and don’t experience anything of it, you are very lucky. And this also suggests that possibly you are going to have a baby boy. People say girl baby inside you causes severe morning sickness than boys. So if you don’t feel sick and are comparatively relaxed, it may be a baby boy inside you.
Hearing the baby’s heartbeat is an incredible experience, a miracle really. Listening to your baby’s heartbeat is a joy that you cannot express in words. There appears to be some evidence of baby boys having a heart rate below 140. While girls tend to have a heart rate above 140 inside the womb. Pay attention to beats per minute, if you want to determine if you are having a baby boy or a baby girl.
This is something that people love to hear about. Because there is some evidence that says lower heart rate is for little boys especially if that happens continuously during the scans. So next time you go for your ultrasound scan, watch out for this symptom of having a baby boy.
5. Face, Skin and Dry Hands
Getting a lot of pimples in pregnancy? Then there are chances that it’s a boy in your tummy. If you had a healthy skin before, and now during pregnancy, if you are facing many problems like pimples. Then you may have a little prince in your belly. The lesser glow you get on your face, the more chances to welcome a Prince. Sounds strange? Isn’t it? Some skin problems are more with carrying a boy than with carrying a girl. At least, that is what many people believe.
Hormones go crazy no matter if you are carrying a baby boy or a baby girl. It is an interesting belief that if your hands are getting drier than normal than there is a boy growing in the belly. Our body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy. If you have never had a problem of dryness in hands before, then it may be a hint your body is trying to give you. These symptoms of baby boy during pregnancy are beliefs that people vouch on.
6. Urine colour
Depending on a few possibilities the colour of your urine may change. Drinking more water will make the colour appear clear. If not, then the colour gets darker. It’s obvious that because of the hormonal variations, the colour of urine varies during pregnancy. But if it’s dark yellow, chances are more to welcome a baby boy. Typically, cloudy, lighter urine means girl whereas darker in colour urine is an indication of baby boys.
7. Hair Growth
Though pregnancy can arrive with a lot of unpleasant side-effects, this one is welcomed by all women. It is believed that women carrying baby boy experience more hair growth. On the other hand, women lose their hair faster when carrying a girl. During pregnancy, most women experience reduced hair fall and tend to grow stronger hair making it look thick and luscious. This is the result of the hormonal changes in your body. This is also a symptom of baby boy inside you.
8. Sleeping Pattern Varies
As your pregnancy progresses, sleep may seem to be a difficult task. It is not at all comfortable with the growing belly. It is good to avoid sleeping on your back and stomach and sleep on your sides during your pregnancy. Do you favour a particular side when you sleep. Most of us do have a favorite sleeping position.
If this applies to you as well, then these symptoms of baby boy during pregnancy can help you. How you decide to sleep gives a hint on babies gender. Moreover, if you are more comfortable to sleep on your left then that is a sign of baby boy. Believe it or not, but sleeping on the left side is the preferred choice of women having boys in their womb.
9. Linea Nigra
The linea nigra often referred to as the pregnancy line is a dark coloured line that goes down your pregnant belly. Actually, it is always there, but goes unnoticed. The line gets dark as your pregnancy starts progressing and months pass by. Not everyone experiences this while pregnant.
Linea Nigra seems to play a important role in predicting the sex of the baby. When the line tends to continue all the way till the rib cage than possibly it is a baby boy. Disadvantage is that Not all women experience this line.
10. Cold feet and hands
This one is another symptom of baby boy during pregnancy. When you feel too much of cold on your feet, they predict its a little boy. Well, it could also mean that you aren’t wearing enough warm clothes and may get prone to infections. But many people believe these hint as an indicator that it might be a boy on the way.
However, the only sure and scientific way to know your unborn baby’s gender is to do an ultrasound from a trained doctor. Moreover, as your pregnancy progresses ultrasound would be done as a part of routine check up. Even when you have an ultrasound, the physician may be unable to determine the gender of your baby due to a number of circumstances.
In India, it is illegal to disclose the gender of baby during pregnancy. It is also illegal for you to ask. So the gender of the child remains a big mystery until the delivery. So, these are 10 Visible Symptoms of Baby Boy during Pregnancy. However, remember that these are just some signs and beliefs.
Furthermore, If you are on the planning stage and wondering how to get pregnant with a boy. You should remember certain things and can follow below mentioned tips.
How To Get Pregnant with a Boy – Few Tips to Conceive a Baby Boy
1. Ovulation, Timing of Intercourse and Positions
If you are thinking about How to get pregnant with a boy than the timing of having sex can make a great difference. There are many theories and claims which suggest that the chance of conceiving a boy will increase when you have sex close to ovulation. It’s important to calculate women’s ovulation period correctly to get pregnant. But it’s crucial if you are thinking about how to conceive a baby boy.
Must Check – Ovulation Calculator
A baby boy is born only when the female X chromosome and the male Y chromosome get combined. Sperms with Y chromosomes are fast swimmers than X chromosomes, but will die very fast as they are unable to survive for a long time. So, if you know about the exact time of ovulation, you can plan having intercourse with your partner on that day and also on the next day to raise your opportunity of conceiving with a boy.
Another trick on how to conceive a baby boy is that avoid sex for two to three days before ovulation so that You will release healthiest sperms. Try to do some careful calendar reading or take an ovulation test. Furthermore, there are plenty of sexual positions which can definitely heighten your chances of having a boy. Few positions provide deeper penetration and you can try them. Sperms are released closest to eggs when the penetration is deep enough. Also since Y sperms are fast swimmers they will swim quickly to reach the ready female egg.
2. Relation of your diet and baby gender
There is a correlation between diet and gender of the baby during pregnancies. If you want to conceive a boy baby then try eating more of nuts, broccoli, Bread, avocado, cherries, bananas, potatoes, spinach, almonds, sprouts. Avoid Spicy foods, tangy flavors which contain vinegar, as much as possible. Also eating dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice-cream is not good.
If you are hunting for diets on how to get pregnant with a boy than keep in mind that diet and nutrition plays an important part in deciding baby gender. Meals with large dosages of potassium and sodium will help in conceiving a boy baby.
3. pH /Temp
Acidic vaginal environments can kill the weak male sperms. Get your vagina acid content and pH level checked by using pH strips. When the result shows highly acidic conditions, there are certain ways you can incorporate to help in lowering it so that the sperms can survive a little longer. Increasing your sodium and potassium intake for those trying to conceive boys can be helpful. Start off your morning with a healthy smoothie with bananas. If nothing else it will get you healthier.
4. Exercises to avoid
Finally, you’ve got an excuse to ditch the cardio exercise. Try some Yoga instead. Your chances of conceiving a boy can increase by consuming chocolate while catching up on your favourite shows on TV. Also, you can get engaged in weight training. Focus on strength training because studies claim that it helps to conceive a baby boy.
5. Coffee for father
Dads to be can try some remedies too. Ask him to drink more of caffeinated beverage before sex as it makes the Y sperm more active. It gives them a little extra energy boost and helps a couple to get pregnant with a baby boy.
6. Fathers to avoid alcohol and smoking
If you are thinking about How to get pregnant with a baby boy, ask your husband to ditch those cigarettes and pegs of his favourite drink. Doctors suggest to avoid smoking and alcohol as it has a bad effect on male sperms. It will decreases the sperm count and motility.
7. Chinese Lunar Birth Calendar
Most doctors and fertility experts guarantee that gender influence is not possible. Some parents are so sure that they got pregnant with a baby boy by this famous gender predicting calendar. Well, this calendar, uses the mother’s age and also the month in which she has conceived to determine the baby’s gender. Tons of people believe this gender-predicting method, and it has been around for many many years.
8. Get your Husband’s Sperm Count checked
Boy sperm hates heat, so wearing boxers may help your partner to keep things airy and cool. The underwear your man wears greatly affects his sperm production rate. And remind your man no hot baths and no hot tubs. Make your man wear loose and comfortable underwear to keep the things. He must take necessary measures to raise the chance of getting pregnant with a baby boy by increasing his sperm count. Sperm check result can help a lot to find out about the motility, count and any other abnormalities.
9. Take some Cough Syrup
Few women claims that if the female gulps down a dose of cough syrup just before intercourse, there are more chances to have a baby boy. This happens because of the key ingredient present in cough syrups called as Guaifenesin. This way the cervical mucous gets thin making conditions ideal for sperm, specially the Y sperms required for baby boy pregnancy. So couples who want to try this way, hunt a product that contains Guaifenesin. Please consult with your doctor before taking any medicine.
An IVF specialist can implant exclusively male embryos inside your uterus during an In Vitro Fertilization treatment. This is a sure method to have a baby boy but such practices are illegal in many countries. Additionally, the success rate of conceiving with a baby boy is lower than IVF. These methods are very complicated and costly. If you can’t conceive naturally than you can consider this method.
What Are The Signs Of A Baby Boy When Pregnant
Once you start spotting the early signs of pregnancy, you might start looking into everything as potential signs you’re having a boy. Explore these old wives’ tales, but remember that most of them are just for fun!
1. Morning sickness
The myth: If you have no or minimal morning sickness, it’s one of the more reliable signs you’re having a boy.
The verdict: There is a little science to support this claim. However, the studies all focused on severe morning sickness, also called hyperemesis gravadarum (HG). A 2001 study published in Epidemiology found that women who were diagnosed with HG were more likely to have baby girls than baby boys. This was also corroborated by a Swedish study, a Danish study, and a 2004 Washington University study. However, mamas with morning sickness do have boys, so don’t use this as a definitive sign you’re having a boy.
2. Belly shape
The myth: Carrying low? The myths say this is one of the signs you’re having a boy!
The verdict: Although some mamas swear by this, belly shape is not an indication of baby’s sex. But if you are curious, these things do affect your shape: how much weight you’ve gained, how many babies you are carrying, your pre-pregnancy shape, how toned your ab muscles are, and if this is your first pregnancy or not. Believe it or not, even diastasis recti can affect your belly shape. (Read more about when you start to show here.)
3. Food cravings
The myth: What is mama craving? If she’s craving salty or sour food, then it’s time to welcome a boy. Is she craving meat? It’s a boy!
The verdict: Food cravings do not indicate the sex of the baby, but you still shouldn’t ignore a craving. As it turns out, your cravings can tell you important information about what your body needs. For instance, craving salty foods means that your body is in need of more healthy fats, according to Registered Dietician Taylor Newhouse from Texas A&M School of Public Health. And for the meat? Mama may just need a little more iron in her diet. (source)
4. A big appetite
The myth: If you’re hungry all the time, it’s a sign you’re having a boy.
The verdict: This one is actually plausible! One study of 244 pregnant women in the U.S. found that women carrying boys had a 10 percent higher daily calorie intake than those carrying girls. Mamas pregnant with boys also had an 8 percent higher intake of protein, 9 percent higher carbohydrate intake, an 11 percent higher intake of animal fats, and a 15 percent higher intake of vegetable fats
5. Hair growth
The myth: Long and lustrous locks? It’s one of the more common signs you’re having a boy.
The verdict: Not so fast! You can thank your prenatal vitamins and your hormones—particularly the surge in estrogen—for your lovely locks. If you take a peek at your prenatal vitamins, you’ll see many nutrients (e.g. zinc, biotin, and other B vitamins) that are powerhouses of nutrition for hair and nail health. Your diet also plays a big role in these things. (source) Check out my post on how to have rockstar hair, skin, and nails here.
6. Cold feet
The myth: Got cold feet? It’s one of the signs you’re having a boy.
The verdict: There are actually several causes for cold feet during pregnancy, and no, it doesn’t mean you’re having second thoughts! Cold feet can be caused by poor circulation, neuropathy, hypothyroidism and anemia. (source) If you are at-risk for gestational diabetes, it’s especially important to monitor for any signs of poor circulation to make sure you manage any underlying health conditions during your pregnancy. Of course, cold feet can also just be because it’s winter, your house is cold, or you need to throw on some cozy socks!
7. Urine color
The myth: Dark urine means you are pregnant with a baby boy.
The verdict: As it turns out, your urine can tell you a lot of things. It can tell you if you are ovulating (with an LH strip), it can tell you if you are pregnant (with an hCG test), and it can tell you if you are dehydrated. What it can’t do? Though some say urine pH is a reliable predictor of baby’s sex (more alkaline urine means a baby boy), your urine’s pH can be altered by foods, supplements, and medications. Unfortunately, this renders the baking soda test unreliable. Read more about this method of gender prediction here.
8. Skin condition
The myth: Dry skin means you are carrying a boy.
The verdict: Dry skin does not mean that your baby is a boy, but this is not a symptom to ignore. If you are experiencing all-over dryness, try increasing your water intake. If you already drink eight 8-ounce glasses, aim for 10 glasses. You may also need to hydrate your skin, too. If you experience a dry, itchy belly due to your skin tightening and stretching, try moisturizing with coconut oil.
9. Linea nigra
The myth: Does your linea nigra extend all the way to your rib cage? If so, the old wives’ tales say that it’s one of the signs you’re having a boy.
The verdict: This isn’t a reliable sign you’re having a boy. Linea nigra is just one of many ways your skin is affected during pregnancy. In this case, your hormones (specifically the melanocyte-stimulating hormone) alter the parts of your cells that produce pigment, and as a result, many pregnant women see this line extend across the center of the belly down to the top of the bikini line. Don’t worry about this line! It’s harmless and caused by the same hormones that darken your areolas in preparation for breastfeeding.
10. Heart rate
The myth: If the fetal heart rate is low, it’s one of the signs you’re having a boy.
The verdict: This is a bit misleading because there is much debate about what’s considered low. A normal fetal heartbeat during pregnancy ranges from 120 to 160 bpm, though slows slightly just before birth (it’s still about twice that of the average adult!). (source) Exact heart rate varies from baby to baby, and any changes in heart rate is much more dependent upon gestational age than sex. In fact, this study debunked this myth altogether! However, I find that some midwives use this as an indicator and some moms swear by it.
11. Dreams or intuition
Have you had a dream that you’re having a boy? Or just have a hunch? Believe it or not, these can be more reliable signs you’re having a boy than anything else listed above. ?(Read more about pregnancy dreams—and their meanings—here.)
Convinced You’re Having a Boy?
These old wives’ tales are fun, aren’t they? While not reliable indicators, they can make the wait (whether that’s for the anatomy scan or for the day you give birth) a little more bearable.
How About You?
Were any of these signs you’re having a boy true for you? Did you correctly guess your baby’s sex?