Sometimes I have people contact me and ask me what the future father should eat if the couple is trying to conceive a girl or a boy. Some examples are things like: “What should my husband eat or include in his diet if we are trying to conceive a girl?” Or, “We want a baby boy. What kinds of foods should a man avoid to avoid getting pregnant with a girl?” I will try to answer these kinds of questions in the following article.
A man who is trying to conceive should have a balanced and healthy diet: It is well known that men trying to conceive should avoid tight underwear, hot tubs and saunas, and drugs. The reason for this is that all of these things affect a man’s health and sperm volume. A healthy diet goes hand in hand with this. A man must eat a balanced and healthy diet to ensure healthy sperm. However, your diet does not affect the sex of the baby (or whether you have a boy or a girl) in the same way that the diet of the woman or the expectant mother does.
The diet of the man or the father is important. But it does not affect whether you have a boy or a girl like the mother’s diet does: It is well known that the diet of the expectant mother can affect the sex of her baby. Women who eat a more acidic diet increase their chances of conceiving a girl, while those who eat a more alkaline diet increase their chances of having a boy.
The reason for this is that these dietary changes also change or affect the vaginal environment and PH of the woman. If that environment is alkaline, it is friendlier to the Y or the sperm-producing child. If it is acidic, it is very hard on those same Y sperm but friendly for X (or those that produce babies).
So it makes sense to wonder if these same things are true when the father’s or man’s diet is acidic or alkaline. The more persuasive question would probably be one like: if a man eats acidic foods, does this mean he has more X’s or a girl producing sperm? And, if you eat an alkaline diet, does this give male sperm an edge or an edge?
There is no evidence to suggest this. In fact, studies have been done to see if men who helped conceive more than one gender than another contained more than one type of sperm chromosome. In other words, men who had all boys were tested to see if they had more Y sperm chromosomes. And men who conceived girls were tested to see if their sperm contained a higher number of X’s. Studies showed that this was not the case. In fact, most men had roughly the same number of X’s and Y’s at all times.
Focusing on the mother’s diet, timing and sexual position: There is no doubt that you can and should control what you can when it comes to the father’s diet. Healthy foods can contribute to healthy sperm. But in terms of choosing an acidic or alkaline diet, this is best accomplished with the woman or expectant mother. These changes can affect whether the couple conceives a boy or a girl.
Another thing to consider is the moment in which that same conception occurs. Conception that occurs before a woman ovulates is the time that makes a girl the most likely. Conceiving after ovulation favors the child. The sexual positions you use can also make a difference. But, when it comes to two healthy parents and you combine all three methods (diet, timing, and position), that’s when you give yourself the best chance to influence your baby’s gender as a couple.