Hoping to conceive a girl? Here’s what you need to eat

Posted in Conception.

Believe it or not, apparently by following certain dietary rules you can greatly increase your chance of conceiving a girl.

Personally, after battling infertility, I was happy to leave the gender selection up to chance in favour of focusing on having a healthy little bub to take home.

But, I’ve heard many of my friends and family with boys speak of the ‘girl’ they have always longed for in a tone akin to the desperation I once felt to become a mum.

For many women, it is an unmistakable ache that is impossible to ignore so if adding a few specific fruits and vegetables to the diet could improve your chances, it could be worth a shot.

What’s the ‘baby girl’ diet?

We’ve previously spoken to the experts about what to eat when you’re trying to conceive, and now we want to take a closer look at some of the diet tips floating around about natural gender selection of the pink variety.

Of course, it’s important to point out that anyone looking to dramatically change their current diet should speak to their doctor or a registered dietician for individualised advice.

Calcium and magnesium rich foods a must

A study published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online Journal found women who kept a strict diet high in calcium and magnesium, and low in sodium and potassium greatly increased their chances of conceiving a girl.

Examples of foods high in the ‘girl friendly’ stuff include cheese, milk, butter, nuts and beans. While foods such as bananas and potatoes should be avoided as they are considered more ‘boy friendly’.

Consume acid-forming foods

According to howtoconceiveagirlnaturally.org foods that are acid producing, not necessarily acidic, should be consumed by women hoping for a girl.

Here are the acid-producing food that are most important:

  • all fish: cod, salmon, mackerel, tuna, haddock, carp
  • all meat: poultry, lamb, beef, turkey
  • cheese, butter;
  • all grains and their products: wheat, white flour, bread, rice
  • these fruits: walnuts, olives, plums, blueberries
  • these legumes: beans, peas, peanuts
  • these foods: cocoa, vinegar, mustard, alcoholic drinks (though these should be consumed in moderation, of course!)

Beyond diet…

Timing of intercourse is also believed to play an important role in natural gender selection considering the different characteristics of male and female sperm – male sperm swims faster but die quicker, while female sperm move slower and live longer.

For this reason, participants in the study published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online Journal were also asked to pay meticulous attention to their ovulation cycles, and to ensure conception happened three to four days prior to ovulation. By doing this, they increased the likelihood that the surviving sperm available once the egg made its way down to be fertilised would be female.


We would love to hear the tips, old wives’ tales and advice you have heard for increasing your chances of conceiving a girl.


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