Whether a boy or a girl, all babies are beautiful and deserve to be loved. Ever since you got pregnant, you might be wondering if your baby will be a boy or a girl. Some relatives or friends might have told you to do something or the other so that you have a baby boy. But pregnancy and childbirth is a natural process. You should never worry about your baby’s gender. Just let everything happen naturally and feel blessed about your baby.
In this blog, we talk about some popular myths about how to conceive a baby boy.
This blog is not encouraging you to determine the gender of your baby. In India, it is ILLEGAL to determine the gender of your baby during or before pregnancy.
First of all, when and how is the gender of a baby decided?
In general, a male has XY chromosomes and a female has XX chromosomes. So, the eggs produced in your body will have an X chromosome, while the sperms in your husband’s body will have X or Y chromosome. During fertilization, if the sperm fertilizing the egg has a Y chromosome, your baby will be a boy and if the sperm has an X chromosome, your baby will be a girl. Your baby’s gender is decided at the time of fertilization based on the sperm that fertilizes the egg. So it depends on the father and not the mother. There is nothing you do can control the gender of your baby.
Now, let’s see what are the most popular myths about how to conceive a baby boy.
Myth 1. How to conceive a baby boy: Eat simple food
Many people believe that food habits can control the baby’s gender. They might tell you that eating simple food, which is not sour or bitter, can help to conceive a baby boy. According to this myth, the sperm becomes weak in the womb’s acidic environment. So simple, basic food like sprouts, carrot, pumpkin, palak, etc. will reduce this acidity and the stronger sperm will help to conceive a baby boy.
This is not true. Eating simple foods will NOT guarantee a baby boy. But, these simple foods are rich in nutrients so you should eat them to keep yourself healthy.
Myth 2. How to conceive a baby boy: Drinking coffee
Some people may tell you that both the husband and wife should drink coffee regularly to conceive a baby boy. They believe that the caffeine in coffee will make the sperm stronger and increase the chances of having a baby boy. Some might also suggest that you should drink cold water after sex.
This is also not true. In fact, too much caffeine can reduce the chances of having a baby.
Myth 3. How to conceive a baby boy: Eating potassium-rich food
According to this belief, eating potassium-rich food like fish, almonds (badam), apple, banana, etc. will help to conceive a baby boy.
This is absolutely wrong. Your food intake will not change your baby’s gender. Also, doctors say that eating an excess of potassium-rich foods can be harmful to your health.
Myth 4. How to conceive a baby boy: Having medicines that guarantee a baby boy
Many people consult gyani babas and fake doctors in hopes of conceiving a baby boy. Taking advantage of the couple’s situation, these fake doctors give them medicine in exchange for large sums of money.
A baby’s birth is natural, and his/her gender is chosen naturally. Do not consult these type of doctors and do not consume any medicine from them. Not only will these medicines not be helpful to conceive a baby boy, but they might also harm your body in other ways.
Myth 5. How to conceive a baby boy: Having sex after consuming cough medicine
Some people believe that if the husband drinks cough medicine before having sex, the wife will give birth to a baby boy. They say that the ingredients in cough medicine will make the cervix more comfortable for the sperm, which will help to conceive a baby boy.
Never believe these tips. Also, cough medicine contains alcohol, so do not consume it if you are not ill.
Myth 6. How to conceive a baby boy: Having sex on particular days of your menstrual cycle
You might have also heard people say that having sex at certain days of your menstrual cycle will help to conceive a baby boy. They say that having sex on alternate days after your menstrual period ends will help you in having a baby boy.
Like all the other myths, this one is also wrong. Planning the time of conception does not guarantee that you will conceive a baby boy.
Myth 7. How to conceive a baby boy: Having sex on a quarter moon night
It is also a very popular belief that the chances of conceiving a baby boy or girl depend on the position and shape of the moon on the night that the baby is conceived. According to this belief, having sex on a night with a quarter moon will guarantee that you have a baby boy.
The moon has no control over your baby’s gender. Never believe such tips blindly.
Myth 8. How to conceive a baby boy: Having sex in a particular sex position
You might have also heard people say that your sex positions determine the gender of your baby. They say that having sex in doggy style or with the woman on top increases the chances of having a boy.
This is absolutely wrong. Do not believe in any such tips about how to conceive a boy.
Myth 9. How to conceive a baby boy: The woman must have an orgasm first
Some believe that if the woman has an orgasm before the man during sex, then they will conceive a baby boy.
Again, this is also wrong. It does not matter which one of you has an orgasm first. This does not determine the gender of your baby.
Myth 10. How to conceive a baby boy: The man must wear loose undergarments
Some people might also say that if your husband wears tight undergarments, his sperm becomes weak. By wearing loose undergarments, the sperm will be strong and will help to conceive a boy.
Like all the others mentioned above, this is also not true. Loose undergarments do not guarantee that you will conceive a baby boy. But, it is true that tighter undergarments can harm the sperm. But healthy sperm does not mean that you will have a baby boy.
It does not matter whether you have a boy or a girl. He/she deserves your love equally. Please don’t try any methods, medicine or other items that tell you how to conceive a baby boy or girl. Also, if you know someone among your friends or relatives who are doing this, talk to them and help them understand that what they are doing is wrong.
During this time of pregnancy, you and husband should prepare for the wonderful surprise of your baby’s gender. Focus on your baby’s health for now. Just enjoy this time with your husband now and soon, both of you will surely be happy whether you have a baby girl or baby boy.