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Want to Conceive a Baby Girl? There’s an App for That!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

In a time where there’s an app for just about anything (including the best time to go to the bathroom during a big-screen movie—which comes in very handy while you’re pregnant!—now a brand-new app called StorkDiet Guide to Conceiving Girls claims to be able to tell you how to give birth to the baby gender of your choice. The secret, they say, is what you eat!

According to Business Insider, the app, which costs $9.99, is based partly on a study of 740 first-time mamas done by the Universities of Exeter and Oxford that found women who ate more calories, sodium, and calcium were more likely to have boys, while women who ate less of those things were more likely to have girls. The study proved not to be 100 percent fail-proof (surprise, surprise!). In fact, just 56 percent of the women who ate the “boy” diet had sons.

The app’s creators claim that their 9-week diet and conception-timing program has a higher success rate of 81 percent.

This is the third time in just over a week that I’ve heard something about wanting to choose your baby’s sex. First, Snooki said that she really hopes she has another boy, because she’s “not ready for a diva mini-me.” Then came the news that Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and his girlfriend chose to have IVF so they could choose the sex of their babies and screen for genetic diseases. The couple says they wanted girls because that’s what they know (both only have sisters).

As much as I’d like for my son to have a little sister, I don’t think I would ever go to great lengths to make that happen. I guess I’m old fashioned in that I’d rather leave it to chance, and be surprised on that awesome day when you finally find out your baby’s sex. It seems a bit like a bad science fiction movie to me to be able to decide what you do or don’t want to have (cut to the scene when there are no women left on the planet). But to each her own! That’s the wonderful thing about life—and this app: the choice is yours.

Wondering if you’re having a boy or a girl? Check out our Ancient Chinese Birth Chart!

 

Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender
Boy or Girl: How Genetics Determine Your Baby's Gender

TELL US: Would you buy an app to try to conceive a girl?

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What if It’s Not a Boy or Girl, But Intersex?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

intersex-gender-on-birth-certificateTrue fact: Starting in November, parents in Germany can leave the gender of their baby blank on their birth certificate. For most of us, the only thing we’re worried about deciding on for our baby’s birth certificate is the name. But what if you weren’t sure of your baby’s sex? When babies are born, they don’t all fall easily into the category of boy or girl. Some are what are called “intersex”—that’s when a child is born looking like one sex, but possesses the genitalia or reproductive anatomy of the other, or in some cases they have both boy and girl parts. When an intersex child is born (experts say that roughly one out of every 1,500 babies is born with genitals that cannot be easily categorized as male or female), it has traditionally been left up to the doctor to decide which sex should be chosen on the birth certificate, which can lead to possible problems with gender dysphoria and general confusion later in life.

Germany is the first country to add a law that adds a third sex option to birth certificates to account for intersex babies. The law also states that these children, who’ve been marked “blank” at birth can go on to decide later in life whether they believe their gender should be identified as male, female or if it should remain blank. Though this might be seen as controversial among some here in the U.S., Germany is not alone in seeing a need for another option besides male or female. Australia and New Zealand allow citizens to select x for their gender on passports rather than to make people choose between the two when in some ways they fall into both categories.

TELL US: Do you think parents should leave a baby’s gender blank, if it is intersex and has both male and female characteristics? Or will not having a clear gender identity early on hurt them rather than help them later in life?

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