Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Choosing the sex of your baby

Posted on: February 19, 2010

Well this is an interesting topic!

Basically, I think we get what we are given … but if you are in the position of having a large family with all the same sex, perhaps you might consider *trying* to alter the odds of conceiving one sex or the other.

There was a programme on TV a week or so ago “8 boys and wanting a girl” (Channel 4 21 January 2010) which evoked mixed feelings for me.  Part of me thought the families ought to be grateful to have lovely children, and part of me felt sorry for them.  You can watch it here if you are quick!  www.channel4.com/programmes/8-boys-and-wanting-a-girl/4od

The programme talked about PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis), similar to IVF but the sex of the fertilised egg is determined and selected to implant into the mother accordingly but this in not available in the UK and some families are travelling to America and spending huge amounts of money to receive this treatment.

There are, however, less drastic measures that *might* alter your chances to have one gender or the other.  There is a book by Hazel Phillips called “Girl or Boy? Your chance to choose” and also “How to have a girl” and “How to have a boy” by J. Martin Young or “How to choose the Sex of You r Baby” by Landrum B. Shettles.

There are various theories about the timing and position of intercourse and the diet of the mother, but … it seems that the theories are contradictory.

I wish you well, but remember that all children are precious whatever gender they are!

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