Forget about waiting 40 weeks to find out the sex of your baby. Practically since the beginning of time, moms-to-be and the people who love them have come up with ways to try to figure out if that bun in the oven is a girl or a boy. This semi-invasive procedure is a slam-dunk way to know your baby's gender for sure, but because of the small risk of miscarriage your doc probably won't green-light it for curiosity alone. Generations of women swear that a quick fetal heart rate — about beats per minute or above — signals girl, while below that equals boy.
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So why is the idea of natural gender selection gaining ground? Rosalind Scutt investigates. If one of those sperm finds its way successfully to the egg the egg is neutral, being neither male nor female and circumstances are favourable, that fertilised egg will develop into a foetus and eventually a baby. Whether you get a boy or a girl depends entirely on which type of sperm meets the egg first a male sperm is programmed with the XY chromosomes and a female sperm is programmed with XX chromosomes. However, contrary to this is the idea that a couple can increase their chances of conceiving a particular gender by manipulating two main factors: body chemistry and the time of intercourse. Though unproven, some believe that the manipulation of body chemistry with diet and exercise and other factors like wearing loose knickers to keep sperm cool can skew the environment to better favour a particular sperm male or female. So, how can you attempt to influence the gender of your baby?
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If your home pregnancy test gives a positive result, schedule an appointment with your OB-GYN as soon as possible to confirm the results and start on your journey towards a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal visits offer you and your baby full support, and they should be done once a month until the 28th week of pregnancy. After this, the frequency should change to twice a month, until you are 36 weeks pregnant.
Many parents swear by at-home methods of gender selection. But can you really sway the odds? Ellen Durston, a newspaper reporter in Chicago, always wanted her first child to be female. Durston came across a technique pioneered 30 years ago by the late obstetrics researcher Landrum Shettles, M.