Choose Gender or Twins
Discover how to choose your baby’s gender or have twins. Learn natural and scientific methods to get pregnant with a boy, girl, or twins.
Discover natural diets, timing methods, supplements, and medical procedures you can pursue to choose your baby’s gender or have a multiple pregnancy.
Twins have always been a fascination to the world. So it’s no wonder anyone would want a chance at double blessings. In this article, we’ll discuss: types of twins, factors that influence your chances of getting pregnant with twins, and how to conceive twins naturally and medically.
Types Of Twins You Can Conceive
Before you jump on the bandwagon for conceiving twins, you need to understand how their conception happens.
To start, there are two different types of twin births.
The first one is identical twin birth.
Identical twins are formed when an egg is fertilized by one sperm, like in any average conception.
The difference is this fertilized egg divides itself into two separate embryos. This ends up creating genetically identical babies. Same gender, DNA, and phenotype.
What’s more? They share the same placenta.
The second type is non-identical or fraternal twin birth.
Non-identical twins are formed when two eggs are released at once and fertilized by two different sperms. The babies share little to no resemblance.
They also have different DNA and different placentas.
How To Conceive Twins Naturally
If you either don’t want to go for the overpriced scientific stimulation, or you just prefer to let everything happen naturally, then here are a few things you can try:
Eat More Folate
The Yoruba women of West Africa have the highest rates of twin births in the world.
A Dr. David Williams discovered their diet contains a lot of sweet potatoes or yam. This diet stimulated the release of more than one egg, which caused twin births.
Many kinds of sweet potato contain natural folate which is known to increase your chance of having twins.
Increase Your Dairy and Red Meat Products
Red meat and dairy products may increase your chances of having twins.
Firstly, because the growth hormones from the products are absorbed by your body to stimulate stronger ovulation.
Secondly, the absorbed hormones may help your developing embryos in the early stages.
Conceive During Breastfeeding
It may seem impossible to conceive during breastfeeding because it is a natural form of birth control.
Funny twist is that if you manage conception during this period, well, you’ve got higher chances at conceiving twins. That’s because the most fertile time of a woman’s life is three months after delivery.
How To Conceive Twins With Fertility Drugs And Medical Treatments
Regular use of folic acid before trying to conceive can increase your chances.
Folic acid contains folate which triggers the onset of multiple egg release during ovulation. This can only increase your chance of having fraternal twins, not identical ones.
In Vitro Fertilization treatment is done by fertilzing an egg with sperm inside a petridish.
To conceive twins, the lab will retrieve double viable eggs from the mother or donor. Then, fertilize each one together.
If successful, the eggs are then transferred to the mother or surrogate’s uterus.
Clomid is usually prescribed for women with ovulatory problems, but can also be used to induce multiple ovulations in women with regular ovulation.
The most common clomid brand is Serophene, and can be prescribed by a certified gynecologist.
Don’t take clomid if you have fibroids, ovarian cyst, and low ovarian reserves.
Like clomid, femara (letrozole) is an oral medication used for stimulating ovulation in women with unexplained causes of infertility.
Gonadotropins are fertility injections that contain follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or luteinizing hormone (LH) or a combination of both.
They are also used to stimulate ovulation, and also increase chances of multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.)
It is also known as artificial insemination. This involves the transfer of specially washed semen into the uterus through special instruments.
What Factors Influence Your Chances To Conceive Twins?
Here are a few of the factors behind the occurrence of twin births:
Your ethnicity also matter in this situation because Asian and Hispanic women are the least likely group to produce twins or other multiple births.
Caucasians have a better chance, but Black women with strong African ancestry take the lead. The highest rates of twin births in the world can be traced to the Yoruba ethnic group in West Africa.
You have a higher chance at giving birth to twins if there’s a history of multiple twin births (fraternal twins) in your family.
The chances are increased when it comes from your mother’s side. This means there’s a likelihood that like the other females in your family, you might also release more than one egg during ovulation.
Number of Children
Your chances of carrying twins will increase with each previous pregnancy you have.
Older women, i.e. women above 35 are more likely to conceive twins, the older they get.
This is attributed to the rise in follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels with age. This happens because the eggs in an older women need more stimulation and preparation than in a younger woman.
This prompts the follicles to overreact to the higher level of FSH, and release more than one egg during ovulation.
Women with a higher BMI, especially ones over 30, before pregnancy are more likely to conceive twins than women with healthier BMI.
Extra fat has the ability to increase estrogen levels, which can overstimulate the ovaries into releasing more than one egg during ovulation.
This procedure is not advised because the weight may lead to more complications at the later stages of pregnancy.
If you ever wanted to have a baby boy then this article is for you. You’ll discover scientific and natural ways on how to get pregnant with a boy. Plus, foods that can help in having a baby boy.
There are two ways of determining the sex of your baby: the natural way and the scientific way.
Natural Ways To Get Pregnant With A Boy
Most of the theories about gender selection the natural way were discovered under the Shettles method.
The Shettles Method
This method was popularized in the book by Dr. Landrum B. Shettles titled, “How To Choose The Sex of Your Baby“.
Dr. Shettles believed there were two things to consider when trying to choose the gender of your baby: the timing and the sex position.
The Timing of Sex
Dr. Shettles believed the male Y-chromosome is faster but weaker and smaller than the female X-chromosome. Because of its weak nature, the Y-chromosome sperm will not last long for days inside a woman.
So, he advised women to time the precise day for ovulation and have intercourse on that day. Because the male sperm is faster it will reach the waiting egg before the female sperm cells. Therefore, allowing you to have a baby boy.
The entrance of the vagina is acidic and it inhibits the Y-chromosome sperm. So, to conceive a boy, penetration has to be deeper.
The best positions for deep penetration are kneeling (doggy style), standing up, and straddling (cowgirl). These positions will deposit the sperm in the less acidic part of the vagina, giving an edge to the faster male sperm.
Fertile Days and Times For Having A Baby Boy
If you are trying for a boy, it’s best to have sex on your ovulation day. This gives the faster male sperm all the advantages it needs to get to the egg first.
After Female Orgasm
Some theories state that female orgasm secretes an alkaline fluid in the vagina, which is a suitable condition for male sperm.
Therefore, achieving female orgasm before male orgasm may help you get pregnant with a boy.
Time Of Day
Another advantage is the time of day during sex.
Intercourse should start from 5am and continue every 2 hours on that day. The egg has a higher chance of becoming fertilized before 7am because it is considered the peak period.
Foods To Eat To Get Pregnant With A Boy
A study and statement by Fiona Matthews; a mammalian biologist, confirmed that a diet that is high in potassium and sodium increases a woman’s chances of having a boy.
She advised women looking for a son to stay away from milk and dairy products, because they increase the chances of having a daughter.
So, to conceive a boy you should eat foods like banana, berries, food rich in Himalayan salt, electrolyte drinks (non-sugary type), fish, white flour, pasta, spinach, tomatoes, and fresh fruits.
Scientific Ways To Get Pregnant With A Boy
These methods do not have a 100% guarantee, but they may be more effective than the natural way.
The first method and oldest method was developed by a geneticist, Dr. Ronald Ericsson in the mid-1970s.
Like Dr. Shettles, he believed that the X-chromosomes for the girl, in sperm are larger, denser, and therefore slower than the Y-chromosomes for boys.
With this method, sperm is filtered through a human serum and the fast chromosomes (Y) are separated from the slower ones. The woman is then artificially inseminated with the sperm containing the chromosome for boys.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
The second method is preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This can only be done during an IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) procedure.
During a routine IVF procedure, a woman’s eggs are surgically removed and fertilized with different sperm cells from her partner.
After fertilization, one or two cells are removed from the resulting embryos for genetic diagnosis. Through this diagnosis, the scientists can determine which one is a male embryo and which one is the female embryo.
Then, the preferred embryo is implanted in the woman through another surgical procedure.
The third method is the MicroSort technique. To begin, sperm is collected from the man and stained with a special laboratory dye.
The stained sperm is then run through a machine that can separate the Y-chromosome from the X-chromosome.
Then, the woman is inseminated with the Y-chromosome so she can conceive a boy.
How To Get Pregnant With A Boy According To Ayurveda
The ancient Ayurvedic method of determining the sex of a child has been considered fallacious a lot of times in the past, but it may not hurt to try.
- Make sure you have been off any birth control methods for two months before you attempt it.
- Start counting the days from the first day your period begins, and ensure that you do not have sex or perform rigorous activities during this period.
- To conceive a boy, you will have to start counting the even days, i.e. day 4, day 6, day 8, etc.
- On the 12th and 14th day of the cycle, you should have intercourse with your husband.
- During the intercourse, foreplay should take nothing less than 5 minutes, so that breathing can become heavy.
- Penetration should only start when breathing from the male’s right nose is more active, and breathing from the female’s left nose is more powerful.
You can check the breathing by closing one nose after the other.
Discovering the different theories on male conception is an enlightening and interesting journey. We must note, though, that this method isn’t as scientifically backed. But, it may not hurt to try.