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Boy or Girl?

Are there factors that pre-determine the sex of your unborn baby?

Once you are pregnant, it appears that everything is reduced to odds. Nothing attracts more speculation than determining the sex of your unborn baby. In Australia figures show that 106 boys are born for every 100 girls. Many women claim to know instinctively the sex of their unborn child. Some women’s intuition proves to be reliable, however, other women’s intuition is proven wrong in the delivery room. An easy option would be to sneak a peak during the 18 week ultrasound scan to see if it’s a girl or boy. But then this isn’t always a reliable option either. Ultrasound operators say it is more difficult to confirm a girl baby than it is a boy. More mistakes are made with girls than boys.

Crystal gazing, dowsing, meditation, dream sequences, psychic readings, astrological charts and palmistry have all claimed to depict the sex of an unborn child. Is it possible to determine the sex of your child before you conceive? Here are some more thoughts to ponder, perhaps to be taken with a grain of salt? Or not?

For A Boy…

  • Research reveals that the more easily conception occurs, the greater the likelihood of having a boy
  • First babies are often boys
  • More boys are born during the first 18 months of marriage
  • A diet high in salt and potassium and low on dairy products is likely to produce a son
  • To increase your chances for a boy you should have sex as close to ovulation as possible
  • Full-on lusty sex produces a boy
  • The more sex you have the greater chance you have of producing a son
  • More boys are born following a reunion after a long separation
  • If both partners are in occupations where the majority of their peers are men, they will be more likely to have a son
  • More boys are born to couples who have come into contact with health hazards such as factory fumes containing iron, manganese or nickel.
  • Scientific evidence shows that tea and coffee drinkers tend to have boys
  • A stress-free work environment increases the likelihood of a son
  • Statistics show that more boys are born during times of war

The ‘Boy Diet’ With Salt

The following diet is thought to increase your chances of having a boy.

  • Most vegetables particularly celery and legumes
  • Meat
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Breads, cereals, pasta and rice
  • Fresh or dried fruits
  • Sugar, honey, jam,
  • Pastries
  • Tea and coffee
  • Wine, beer, cider


  • Dairy products
  • Shellfish
  • Egg yolks
  • Cakes and pancakes
  • Raw cabbage
  • Raw cauliflower
  • Silverbeet, spinach and cress
  • Cocoa and chocolate
  • Strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries
  • Walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts almonds, mustard

For A Girl…

  • Girls tend to be born to older parents
  • Girls tend to be born to parents with more children
  • A low salt diet supplemented with potassium produces a daughter
  • If you or your partner are in a stressful job you are more likely to have a girl
  • Men who work in the alcohol industry have more daughters than sons
  • If both partners work with more women, they will be more likely to have a daughter.
  • Women who have been treated with the fertility drug Clomiphene are more likely to have a girl
  • Women who smoke are more likely to give birth to a girl
  • Slower sex usually results in a girl
  • To increase your chances of a girl you should cease intercourse two or three days before ovulation
  • Health practitioners are recommending diets high in calcium for parents-to-be wanting girls

The ‘Girl Diet’ Without Salt

The following diet is thought to increase your chances of having a girl.

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cottage and parmesan cheese
  • Evian or Perrier water
  • Occasional glass of wine
  • Most meats but in small quantities
  • Poached fish
  • Cereals, pasta and rice
  • Mostly vegetables
  • Potatoes three times a week
  • Cooked tomatoes
  • Fruit
  • Jam, sugar and honey
  • All herbs (not flat parsley)
  • Spices and mustards
  • Oils and sauces
  • A balanced calcium/magnesium supplement daily


  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and tea
  • Fizzy drinks and fruit juice
  • Shellfish, fishpaste, smoked, tinned salted fish, fish fingers
  • All hard or salted cheese
  • Quiche/pizza
  • Ice-cream
  • Fresh pineapple, plum, peach, apricot, cherry, banana, melon, orange, grapefruit
  • Dried apricots, dates and figs
  • Raisins, chestnut, prunes, coconuts, currants
  • Sweet corn, spinach, cabbage, mushrooms
  • Zucchini, endive, avocado, fennel, raw tomatoes
  • Soya beans, pumpkin
  • Dried split peas, broad beans and lentil
  • Chocolate
  • Salted butter and margarine
  • Tinned or sachet soups


According to a Czech psychiatrist Dr Eugene Jonas, the positioning of the moon at the time of conception will help determine the sex of your baby. Dr Jonas bases his theory on the lunar cycle and claims a high success rate. The moon travels from one astrological sign to the next within two and a half days and in doing so, effects the acidity and alkalinity of the womb lining. This changing environment within the womb in turn affects the male or female sperm.

In theory he says it is possible to plan the times for female or male conception around the nature of the signs through which the moon passes. When the moon is in a positive zodiac sign of fire or air, a boy is more likely to be conceived. When the moon is in a negative zodiac sign of earth or water, the baby will be a girl.

Male Signs

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius (fire)
Aquarius, Libra and Gemini (air)

Female Signs

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn (earth)
Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio (water)

Good luck!

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