Supplements, which may include vitamins, minerals, herbs, and even over-the-counter medicines, can help you get pregnant with a girl. The range of choices available and what "really works" or not is confusing, however. This article will cover some common supplements to consider. Remember, do careful research any time you consider adding a dietary supplement to your day.
You want to look for supplements that make the body more acidic and lower testosterone if you'd like a girl. It's also good to have your husband take supplements for the same reasons.
Supplements to Consider for a Girl
Cranberry is one of the most recommended supplements. It has been shown to help make the cervical fluids more acidic, which is favorable for a girl. You can get cranberry by taking a standardized supplement or by drinking unsweetened cranberry juice. The calories from the juice quickly add up, so the supplement may be better for you. Some women find it hard on their stomach, so adjust your dosage if you have this problem.
Another favored supplement for conceiving a girl is Saw Palmetto, which is an herb. Many women trying to conceive have found saw palmetto helpful because it can help overcome the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (or PCOS). Testosterone is a major culprit in PCOS and it's where saw palmetto shines. The herb helps to lower testosterone levels in both men and women -- what you want for getting a girl.
You may want to consider some of the traditional "girl" vitamins and minerals. There's some debate about supplementing heavily with vitamins and minerals. Research suggests that high vitamin and mineral levels increase boy conceptions all around, so some are recommending against high supplementation if you want a girl.
It's definitely advisable to get these nutrients via a supplement rather than food -- foods come with calories and a lot of other nutrients which will boost the chances of a boy. It's best to eat a bland, low-fat, low-calorie diet.
If you'd like to supplement the "girl minerals," though, you can take them in a sensible pill every day. Calcium and magnesium are what you want to look for, and fortunately there are many cal/mag blends available to give you a small, balanced daily dose.
B-vitamins have also been thought to increase the chances of getting a girl in the past, but raising vitamin levels too high may be counter-productive. All women trying to conceive should take vitamin B6 and folate (folic acid). These are vital for your baby's health and may help with morning sickness.
Morning sickness doesn't indicate baby gender -- you'll get it regardless of boy or girl. If you have issues with it, the B6 should help.
You can take a B-complex with moderate levels of the B vitamins, and you should if you've had a history of depression, especially during and after pregnancy.
There are some other herbal supplements, like Vitex/Chasteberry and Lydia Pinkham that may increase your chances of getting a girl. These potent herbal blends can influence your menstrual cycle, so watch very carefully how your body reacts to them. You generally only use them before ovulation, then take a break until your next period.
Peppermint is a final herb to consider. Like saw palmetto, peppermint may lower testosterone levels. It makes a delicious tea to sip on throughout the day.