Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Sex of Your Baby

Few things in my life have been more exciting than finding out the sex of my baby.  Am I going to get a little guy to show all the ropes of manhood too?  Or am I going to get daddy's little girl?  Most people think that they will just play whatever cards they are dealt when it comes to the sex of their baby.  But do we actually have a say in the matter...???  Read On...

There are books out there that tell you all sorts of things you can do to help sway the odds in one direction or another, but when it comes down to it, the most important factor in determining the sex of your baby is TIMING

What is it that determines the sex?  It's the man.  The woman always gives one X chromosome, maybe hoping that she will get a little mini-me, but the man has the final say in the sex and can give either his X or his Y.   There are two kinds of sperm, sperm that call for a male, and sperm that call for a female.

So what can you and your spouse do to put in your two cents with the guy upstairs?  

First, you need to understand this concept:  male sperm swim faster than female sperm.  

Secondly, the woman needs to know what day of her cycle she ovulates.  If you don't know this, don't worry, your not alone.  You can buy tests that you pee on that can confirm whether or not your ovulating, but here is another fairly accurate way to tell:

  • Take your temperature BEFORE YOU GET OUT OF BED.  If your temp goes up (even 1/3 a degree Fahrenheit) and STAYS up, over the next two or three days, you are ovulating.

So, once you know the day you ovulate, you can make it work in your favor.

IF YOU WANT A BOY:  Have intercourse about 2 days AFTER ovulation.  That way, the egg is just waiting for the first sperm, and since the male sperm swim faster, they will be first to arrive and fertilize. 

IF YOU WANT A GIRL: Have intercourse about 2 days BEFORE ovulation. That way, the male sperm have already come and mostly died off, and by the time the egg presents itself, the female sperm are just arriving to fertilize.  

ANOTHER TIP:  Some people think that having intercourse everyday increases their chance of getting pregnant.  It can take up to 11 days for sperm to fully mature and be ready to fertilize an egg, so by having sex everyday, you can be releasing lots of immature sperm that will not fertilize the egg.  A better method might be to wait until your fully potent with lots of mature sperm, and then follow the guidelines up above in trying to determine the sex of your baby.  If you don't care what sex you get, then disregard everything and let chance do its thing.  As you know, almost nothing in pregnancy, labor, and childbirth is exact.  However, this method did work for me and my wife, and look what we got:



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I bet you didn't know this about childbirth...

Did you know:

  • There are 6 million pregnancies every year in the U.S.

  • 50% of the 6 million miscarriage.  Some don't even know they are pregnant.
  • 3% of women have twins.
  • 13% of women in the U.S. have postpartum depression.
  • Postpartum depression is primarily due to hormone changes.
  • The "blues" usually only last 2 weeks after giving birth.  If it goes longer, it is known as post postpartum psychosis.
  • Fewer than 10% of babies are born on their due date.
  • 50% of babies are born within one week of their due date.
  • 14 million adolescents become pregnant each year throughout the world
  • Each day 1,600 women die giving birth
  • 99% of those deaths occur in developing nations.
  • The closer you live to the equator, the more likely you are to have a girl
  • A healthy male ejaculates 7,200 times throughout his life (7.5 gallons)