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  1. 1. Prince or Princess?Steps towards choosing your baby’s gender before conception. Written by: Alicia Pennington Copyright ©
  2. 2. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Disclaimer: The information on this ebook is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease. The information on this ebook is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This ebook is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this ebook. No part of this eBook may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any other means: - electrically, mechanical, photocopied, recording or otherwise, without written permission of the copyright owners.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 2
  3. 3. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Table of ContentsIntroduction ............................................................................................................................................................... 5Preparing To Have A Baby ......................................................................................................................................... 7Conceiving & Gender: Boy or Girl? .......................................................................................................................... 11How Gender Is Decided ........................................................................................................................................... 15 To Have A Boy ...................................................................................................................................................... 19 To Have A Girl ...................................................................................................................................................... 20Let’s Get Pregnant! .................................................................................................................................................. 24 STEP #1: Testing your pH Level............................................................................................................................ 26 STEP #2: Adjusting your pH Level (If needed...) .................................................................................................. 27 STEP #3: Conceiving on the Crucial Dates ......................................................................................................... 28 The Most Important Part: How to predict your Special Days ............................................................................. 30Step-By-Step Method To Conceive.......................................................................................................................... 32Steps To Conceive A Baby Boy................................................................................................................................. 34 Steps To Conceive A Baby Girl ............................................................................................................................. 36Sexy Science: Assume Position!............................................................................................................................... 38 Sexual Positions To Conceive A Baby Boy ........................................................................................................... 39 Sexual Positions To Conceive A Baby Girl ............................................................................................................ 40Diet To Conceive ...................................................................................................................................................... 41 The Modern/Western Diet .................................................................................................................................. 42 Iron ...................................................................................................................................................................... 43 Calcium ................................................................................................................................................................ 43 The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Baby Gender Selection .............................................................................................. 44 Day-to-Day Diet Plan ....................................................................................................................................... 48 The Chinese Way ................................................................................................................................................. 49 Day-to-Day Diet Plan ....................................................................................................................................... 51 In a nutshell… ...................................................................................................................................................... 52The Old Wives Tales................................................................................................................................................ 54Conclusion ............................................................................................................................................................... 57Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 3
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  5. 5. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide IntroductionWhile many couples leave the determination of their babys gender to fate or to the naturalhappenstance of biology, other couples desperately seek ways to influence or select thegender of a future child. This is particularly true for Western couples who already have a boy ora girl (or a gaggle of one or the other) and wish to "balance" things by having a baby ofthe opposite sex. Other couples simply wish to have a modicum of control in determining iftheir (next) child will be a boy or a girl. Still, others have a certain baby name or nursery colorin mind before they even start trying-to-conceive.Whatever the case, a great deal of wild speculation, formal research, and heated debate hasbeen conducted over the past several decades with regard to this age old question of genderand baby-making."Age old" you say? Indeed, techniques for influencing the gender of a baby have been aroundfor thousands of years, with some methods clearly more scientific than others. On one end ofthe spectrum, astrology and star charts have offered couples assistance in choosing genderfor centuries, the most well-known of these being the Ancient Chinese Birth Chart. More"scientific" methods of influencing baby gender have circulated through the West forCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 5
  6. 6. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guidecenturies, most of which have proven to be Old Wives Tales, wishful thinking, or simplesuperstition (not unlike the belief that having sex standing up will function as a contraceptive).Selecting the Gender of Your Baby offers couples an in-depth analysis of gender selectionmethods, a history of common techniques and myths, as well as an overview of currentthoughts and theories on the subject. Well review the biological mechanism behind thedetermination of gender at conception and explain how recent findings in thereproductive sciences have promoted the rise of popular techniques like ours.Lastly, well offer our critical thoughts on these methods, keeping in mind that the jury is still outand that strident scientific debate continues over this controversial topic!Alicia Penningtonwww.PlanMyBaby.comCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 6
  7. 7. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Preparing To Have A BabyAre you ready to have a baby?Maybe you’re thinking about starting afamily. Maybe you’re trying to conceive. Orperhaps you already know that you’repregnant. If so, congratulations! When youdecide to have a child, your life will change.The choices you make now — even if youhaven’t yet conceived — can have a lastingeffect on your future child. The changespregnancy brings can be exhilarating andunsettling, blissful and exhausting.As you prepare for this sometimesunpredictable journey, let this book serve asyour guide. Think of pregnancy as awonderful opportunity to nurture your childin every way, and use this book to preparefor the exciting changes ahead.While pregnancy is an incredible journey, what happens in your body before pregnancy is alsoan amazing process. From puberty until menopause, a woman’s body prepares every month tobecome pregnant. This process begins in the brain, when the pituitary gland sends a hormonalsignal to the ovaries, two small, oval-shaped organs buried deep inside the pelvis on eitherside of the uterus. And each month, in response to this signal, one of the ovaries releases amature egg cell—ready to be fertilized by a sperm cell. In most cases, only one egg eachmonth has the potential to become a new baby.The ovaries do not just produce the egg cell, they also release powerful hormones that causephysical changes in the uterus, preparing it to receive and nurture a newly fertilized egg. Sowhether or not a woman becomes pregnant, each month her body sets the stage for the arrivalof a developing baby… just in case.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 7
  8. 8. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideThe Ovaries: Where It All BeginsWhile the main function of the ovaries is to produce egg cells, the ovaries also manage themonthly preparation for pregnancy by creating varying amounts of the female hormonesestrogen and progesterone, which prepare the body to support the early growth anddevelopment of the baby. Estrogen and progesterone have other roles in the body—helping tokeep bones and blood vessels healthy, for example—but it is the ovaries’ role in pregnancythat is our main focus here.Training for the Big EventReady to sign up for the mother of all of marathons—that nine-month-long endurance eventthat culminates with the birth of a baby? Before you slip into your running shoes and head forthe starting line, you’ll want to be sure you’re up for the race.Here are some things you can start doing right now to ensure the happiest and healthiestpossible outcome to your pregnancy:Watch your weight—but not too carefullyWhile it’s always a good idea to get to a healthy weight prior to attempting a pregnancy, thekey word is “healthy,” not “body of a supermodel.” Believe it or not, the extra padding on yourhips and thighs that drives you crazy on a day-to-day basis will serve you well as you embarkon Project Baby.Women who have too little body fat tend to stop ovulating, which can wreak havoc on theirplans to conceive, and those who do manage to conceive face an increased risk of having alow-birth weight baby (one who weighs in at less than five pounds and who could be atincreased risk of experiencing some potentially serious health problems).That said, when it comes to body fat, you can have too much of a good thing. Women whostart their pregnancy significantly overweight or who gain too much weight during pregnancyface a higher-than-average risk of experiencing pre-eclampsia (a serious medical conditioncharacterized by extremely high blood pressure) or gestational diabetes (a form of diabetesthat occurs during pregnancy and that puts a woman at increased risk of developing diabeteslater in life); and of requiring a labor induction and/or a Caesarean section (two medicalinterventions that aren’t without risk). What’s more, overweight women are more likely to givebirth to excessively large babies, babies with neural tube defects, and babies who are atincreased risk of developing diabetes later in life.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 8
  9. 9. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideNow before you do anything drastic, like bidding a fond goodbye to cheesecake or swearing offTidbits and all your other favorite foods for the next nine months, make sure you’ve actually gotsome weight to lose. Studies have shown that 97% of women who consider themselves to beslightly overweight are actually within the normal weight range for their height.Since most of us tend to be less than objective when sizing up our own bodies, rather thanmerely looking in the mirror it’s better to see how your weight measures up on the Body MassIndex (BMI).Here’s how to interpret the BMI figure that you’ll find in the table for someone of your particularheight and weight: • If your BMI falls between 20 and 25, you’re already at a healthy weight. (You’re also in very good company! Nearly half of women of childbearing age fall into the “healthy weight” category.)Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 9
  10. 10. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide • If your BMI is greater than 25 but less than 27, you’re in the “overweight warning zone” (in other words, those few extra pounds will bring a problem for you). • If your BMI is greater than 27 but less than 30, you’re at risk of developing some weight- related health problems. • If your BMI is 30 or greater, you’re classified as obese and consequently face an even greater risk of experiencing weight-related health problems.If your BMI is higher and you’d like to lose a few pounds before you become pregnant, the lastthing your body needs or wants is to be forced to follow the Fad Diet du Jour. Not only do yourun the risk of depleting your body of the very types of nutrients it will need to build a healthybaby, your body will actually stop ovulating. (When your body is faced with famine-likeconditions, it goes into self-preservation mode. After all, if there’s barely enough food around tosustain you, your body isn’t about to do anything crazy like embark on a pregnancy.)A far more sensible approach to losing those unwanted pounds is to eat sensibly and exerciseregularly. It will not be the quick fix or magic little pill that you’re after, but it’s a much morebody-friendly alternative to crash dieting.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 10
  11. 11. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Conceiving & Gender: Boy or Girl?In order to fully understand , or apply, the gender selection methods discussed below, wefirst need to review the dynamics of fertility, conception, and early pregnancy. Gender isdetermined even before the fertilized egg attaches itself to the mothers womb, but thestrategies underlying gender selection techniques require that you have a firm grasp onhow a baby is conceived, and when precisely ovulation and conception take place duringyour menstrual cycle. You will also need to recognize natural fertility signs - changes incervical mucus, cervix position, and basal body temperature. Timing Intercourse What does it mean to "time lovemaking"? To provide a brief summary, timing intercourse (i.e., have procreative sex) refers to planning to make love around your most fertile time of the month, the days just preceding and during ovulation. You do not need a stopwatch to "time intercourse" - its not a race - but you will need an ovulation calendar or fertility chart so you can identify your "fertile window" - those crucial days of the month when you can conceive a baby.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 11
  12. 12. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideAs noted above, "timing intercourse" is central not only to conceiving a baby, but to alsoinfluencing baby gender. Lets begin with ovulation.Ovulation is defined as the release of the egg from the mature ovarian follicle - the time of themonth when you are most fertile. If you are trying to conceive a baby - or select the genderof your future child - then knowing when you ovulate is very important as you need totime lovemaking during this short, "fertile window" of opportunity. For gender selection, younot only need to time intercourse for ovulation, but further pinpoint days that will favorthe odds of having a girl!During the ovulation phase that precedes the release of a womans egg, estrogen levelsare high in order to help build the endometrial lining of the womb, stimulate luteinizinghormone, and facilitate the production of cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is producedinside the cervix, and as you approach your ovulation date, the amount of cervicalfluids will markedly increase. Moreover, you will see changes in the look and feel of thesecervical fluids.Why do these changes take place? Because cervical mucus plays an important role inhuman reproduction, allowing sperm to more efficiently "swim" from your vagina, through thecervical canal, and into the womb. Cervical mucus also offers protection for the spermand will help the sperm stay alive longer (up to five days inside a womans body).Therefore, the presence of fertile cervical mucus prior to and during ovulation will increaseyour chances of getting pregnant.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 12
  13. 13. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideAs a fertility sign, observing changes in the amount and quality of cervical mucus is agreat ovulation prediction method. As you near ovulation, the amount of cervical fluids willincrease and the texture will change from sticky to slippery, from dry and firm to stretchy andthin. It will also change in appearance from white or yellow to a more clear, translucent,or egg-white look and feel.Fertile-quality, or "egg-white cervical mucus", is the perfect medium in which sperm can"swimmingly" navigate their way to the egg. And when you see it, you know thatovulation is about to take place or already underway.Observing changes in cervical mucus is also an important variable in gender selection.For gender selection techniques, cervical mucus alters the pH levels of the vagina - andwell see how relative acidity or alkalinity in the vagina will favor the odds of having a boy or agirl.Ovulation takes place around the middle of your cycle. Estrogen, dominant during thefirst weeks of your cycle, suddenly begins to drop and luteinizing hormone (LH)suddenly rises - and how! Right in the middle of your cycle, you will experience what iscalled the LH surge. LH functions to wear a hole in the surface of the ovarian follicle wherethe egg matures. This breakdown in the surface of the follicle allows the egg to burstinto the fallopian tube, the passageway leading to the womb. Ovulation tests function bydetecting the LH surge and are very effective in predicting fertility – and, as we shallsee, in assisting with gender selection methods. A positive ovulation test will show you thatyou will ovulate within the next 12 to 36 hours.Ovulation directly follows the LH surge, typically mid-cycle. The egg is released and canlive for 24 hours, so timing lovemaking is crucial both for conceiving and, according to allmodern theories, “tactically” influencing gender.Following ovulation, estrogen levels slowly decline and LH drops off the map. Now,progesterone becomes the dominant hormone during the second half of your menstrualcycle, the luteal phase. See the figure above: The black line signifies progesterone, andas you can see it rises with ovulation and peaks during the middle of the luteal phase. Inan interesting turn of events, what was formerly known as the ovarian follicle (which housedthe maturing ovum) now becomes the corpus luteum. In this secondary role, the corpusluteum is the "luteal body" that secretes progesterone. Progesterone warms the bodyfor pregnancy. By taking and recording your resting (or basal) temperature daily, youcan identify this thermal shift and know when you ovulate each month!After ovulation, the egg is swept into the fallopian tube and drifts along, brushed by waves ofhair-like cilia toward the womb. If you have correctly predicted ovulation - and timedintercourse effectively - then between 100 and 300 million sperm will be on the way to theCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 13
  14. 14. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guidesolitary ovum. However, some sperm will probably become lost, heading in the wrong directionor up the wrong the fallopian tube; other sperm will be neutralized by the immunity-function ofwhite blood cells; still other sperm will be hindered by different pH levels of the vagina. In fact,of the millions of sperm that start their way from the vagina to the fallopian tube, only severalhundred of the healthiest will meet the egg!The sperm will typically find the egg in the lower quadrant of a fallopian tube and start toswarm around the surface of the egg. The ovum is covered by a protective field known as thezona pellucida, and in order for fertilization to take place, sperm cells must find a keyhole (orreceptor) to unlock the zona pellucida, gain entrance, and burrow their way to the oocyte, thegenetic core of the ovum. Only one sperm will connect with the oocyte, precipitating geneticcombination – and signaling that fertilization has just taken place. The gender of your baby willbe decided at this moment, when the sex chromosome of the single sperm unites with the sexchromosome contained in the ovum. With fertilization, the ovum becomes the zygote - orembryo - and now passes through complex phases of cell division and differentiation.You have just conceived!Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 14
  15. 15. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide How Gender Is DecidedHow gender is "decided" biologically is based on the combination of two sexchromosomes that are inherited from the mother and the father. A womans egg containsan X chromosome and a mans sperm contributes a determining Y or X chromosome.Whether the child will be a boy or a girl depends on if the sperm from the male contains an X(girl) or a Y (boy).Much of modern gender selection speculation focuses on the different characteristics of"male/Y" or "female/X" sperm, like how fast each type of sperm swims, or how long eachsperm type can survive in the womb, or which type of sperm can better withstand differentpH-levels (acidity) in the vagina.To provide a brief overview, when a woman ovulates, the egg always carries just an Xchromosome. However, an individual sperm will carry either an X or a Y chromosome. If asperm with an X chromosome fertilizes the egg, the embryo will develop into a girl (XX). If asperm with a Y chromosome fertilized the egg, the embryo will develop into a boy (XY).Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 15
  16. 16. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideHence, we frequently refer to sperm as being either “boy” (Y) or “girl” (X) sperm, eventhough these terms are configurative and rather unscientific sounding.What has been firmly established, however, is that male (Y) and female (X) spermexhibit different physical attributes and unique qualities. And by understanding theproperties and behaviors of each type of sperm, environmental-reproductivecontingencies will be manipulated to favor the odds of one type of sperm reaching the eggand determining the gender of your baby.From this theoretical foundation, a number of gender selection theories have evolved,which attempts to control a number of variables: timing intercourse in relation to ovulationdate, use of sexual position/depth of male penetration, and presence or absence of femaleorgasm.Method of sex selection is that by changing these three factors above, X or Y chromosomesperm will be offered a differential advantage in being able to reach, and thereforefertilize, the egg.The Y-chromosome sperm (boys) have been found to be smaller and faster than thefemale X-chromosome sperm. They exhibit high motility and be able to get to the eggquickly. However, Y-chromosome sperm will be less resilient than X-chromosome sperm,will die sooner, and will not be able to withstand more acidic environments (pH levels ofthe vagina) during certain times of the menstrual cycle. Boy sperm live fast and die young, soto speak.The X-chromosome sperm (girls) have been found to be more robust and resilient than theY sperm - and more deliberate (slower). X-chromosome sperm are larger and are morecapable of enduring vaginal environments where the pH levels are more acidic. Typically,the vagina and cervical environments become less acidic right before and during ovulation,due to the increased presence of fertile cervical mucus. Boy sperm live fast and die young.Girl sperm are like the tortoise in the Tortoise and the Hare childrens fable: “Slow andsteady still wins the race”.Vagina environments, sexual positions, and dates of intercourse (timed in relation toovulation) will favor one sperm type over the other, based on the unique X and Y spermattributes described above.The pH acidity or alkalinity in the vagina and cervix will have an effect on the gender of yourbaby. In short, X or girl sperm, while more robust and slower than Y/male sperm, are moreresilient to acidity in the vagina. Xs will be slower, but they will also be able to withstand anacidic environment where pH levels "weed out" the male-chromosome sperm.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 16
  17. 17. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideMale or Y sperm are quick and speedy, but weaker, so if knocked out by unfavorable pHlevels, the "girl sperm" must outlast the males and fertilize the egg. High alkalinity, onthe other hand, would tend to favor the alacrity of male sperm and a “quick trip to the egg” forthe Y-chromosome sperm. As noted in our previous section, pH levels of the vagina canbe naturally altered by changes in cervical mucus when a woman approaches ovulation. Onthe days just prior to and during ovulation, cervical mucus becomes “fertile” and ischaracterized by high alkalinity (lower acidity).To clarify, higher vaginal acidity during the “transitional” days several days beforeovulation will favor girl sperm (not because an acidic environment is better - it’s not - butbecause the more robust and larger X-chromosome sperm can endure this environmentlonger than the weaker, faster Y-sperm). In turn, high alkalinity favors boy spermbecause it provides an overall sperm-friendly environment - and high-alkaline vaginalenvironments are typically associated with fertile-quality cervical mucus which is produceddirectly before and during ovulation.Vaginal pH levels can also be influenced by female orgasm: If a woman has an orgasm duringprocreative sex, secretions will be released that make the vagina and cervix morealkaline. Therefore, alkalinity and orgasms would by implication, favor the “boy sperm”. Douching is also another (more controversial) method for “controlling” the relative acidity oralkalinity of the vaginal tract. Acidic or alkaline douching solutions are recommended in sometheories helping out girl or boy sperm respectively. How Is Ultrasound Used? A doctor will order or perform an ultrasound for a wide variety of reasons during pregnancy. It might be used to confirm an early pregnancy, to determine whether it is a multiple pregnancy (twins or triplets, for example), to assign the due date by assessing the gestational age (how far along the pregnancy is), to measure the size and rate of the baby’s growth, to check the blood flow in the umbilical cord, or to make sure the baby’s organs are developing normally. While 3D ultrasound produces the pictures that are most irresistible to parents, it is 2D ultrasound that is most useful to the doctor because it shows the internal organs of both baby and mother. There are several other types of ultrasound images that can provide additional information to help the doctor evaluate the pregnancy. For this reason, a sonogram will often include 2D ultrasound images together with images of one or more of the other types of ultrasound.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 17
  18. 18. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide The ultrasound images and explanations in this book answer the questions of every pregnant couple: How is our baby growing? What does our baby look like now? What changes are happening this week? This month? How does ultrasound help my doctor make sure my baby is developing normally? It’s just amazing.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 18
  19. 19. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideTo Have A BoyIf the boy sperm are faster but have a shorter lifespan, then the objective here is to time lovemaking innearest proximity to ovulation - right before ovulationtakes place or the day you ovulate. The concept hereis that Y-chromosome sperm will swim quicker than theX-chromosome and more of the Ys will reach the eggsooner. Therefore, the chances of having a boy areincreased.Remember, the egg can survive for only 24 hours followingovulation. Only one sperm can fertilize the egg (out of themillions who start the journey), so timing intercourse closeto ovulation would favor quicker Y-chromosome sperm,even if their lifespan is short.To increase the odds of having a boy baby, do not have intercourse during your"transitional fertile” days four to five days before you ovulate. Rather, time lovemakingdirectly prior to and during ovulation – your “peak fertility” days. Make some deeppenetration in order to get the sperm closer to the cervical canal, closer to the egg,and more likely closer to the abundant cervical mucus that must be present during your mostfertile days. As for sexual position, rear entry or "doggy style" for deepest penetration. Thewomen have to try to have an orgasm at the same time as the man or before theman; purportedly, orgasms increase endocervical secretion and increase the pH alkalinelevel of the vagina. The men have to avoid wearing tight clothes and taking hot showers, etc,prior to intercourse as heat will more likely weed out the Y-sperm than the X-sperm.Together, these factors must: 1) Decrease the travel distance of sperm 2) Provide a more alkaline pH environment in the vagina (due to presence of cervical mucus and/or female orgasm) 3) Get male sperm to the egg quicker 4) Promote environments conducive to male sperm survival.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 19
  20. 20. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideTo Have A GirlTo have a girl, we simply reverse the terms.Instead of timing intercourse directly prior/duringovulation, make love during the transitional daysand up to two to three days before youovulate. Try to avoid sex when your cervicalmucus is most fertile (when you have egg-whitecervical fluids) or after you receive a positiveovulation test or strong ferning patterns on yourovulation microscope.The women have to avoid having an orgasm andrecommends shallow penetration to make itmore arduous for male sperm to make the bigjourney. Hence, the missionary position is advised -or any shallow-penetration strategy that depositssperm near the entrance to the cervix.The principle here is that these integrated methods will favor the slower, more resilientsperm. Female X-chromosome sperm can endure a more acidic vaginal environment, livelonger, and swim further than their male counterparts.In order to implement the method, we need also know when you ovulate during your cycle.Predicting ovulation accurately is the key to success in conceiving, as timing intercourseis the cornerstone of influencing your babys gender.Lets take a practical approach to applying this method…Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 20
  21. 21. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideTiming and Frequency of Intercourse:Again, timing sex is the key to this method. To increase the odds of conceiving a girlbaby, it is recommended to time intercourse daily from the end of your period up to 2 to 3days before you anticipate ovulation to take place. This method favors the slower butlarger and more resilient X-chromosome sperm (girls). X sperm will fare better than Ysperm in a more acidic vaginal environment when cervical mucus is not yet quite "fertile".To conceive a boy, it’s recommended to time intercourse directly prior to and duringovulation. This means commencing with sex no earlier than 24 hours before ovulation.Having sex the day you ovulate is also crucial. The fast but less "durable" Y-chromosomesperm are favored when cervical mucus is fertile, like egg-white, and the vagina is less acidic.Sexual Position and Orgasm:Sexual position and orgasm are also variables in determining gender. To conceive a girl,shallow penetration is advised (ala the missionary position) and the woman must not havean orgasm, as this can produce alkaline mucus that will favor boy sperm.To conceive a boy, orgasm is needed, as are deep-penetration positions that deposit thesperm above the neck of the cervix, such as rear entry or “doggy style”.BBT Charting:Fertility charting with a basal thermometer will provide you with the date of your ovulationthermal shift. The day you ovulate, progesterone levels increase in your body, causing amarked jump in your resting (or basal) temperature. Usually, you will see this increase a dayafter you ovulate. Over a few unique cycles, youll see patterns that indicate whenovulation typically takes place for you. If you are trying to have a girl, youll know to begintiming sex during the period at least 2 to 3 days out from your moment of peak fertility.Thats because "girl sperm" can survive longer than "boy sperm" - they are morerobust and able to survive the more acidic vaginal conditions that exist antecedent to thepresence of more "fertile cervical mucus" during ovulation. To have a boy, you need to timeintercourse as close to ovulation as possible - with 24 hours and the day of. For more detailsand instructions on BBT charting, see our discussion on the side panel.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 21
  22. 22. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideCervical Mucus:Cervical fluids play a unique role in reproductive success. During most of your cycle,you have acidic or hostile cervical mucus (or very little mucus at all), which protects thevagina, but is very inimical to sperm health. However, during your time of peak fertility,cervical fluids increase and become "fertile", providing a more alkaline, sperm-friendlymedium in which sperm can thrive. Y-chromosome sperm need cervical mucus morethan the more robust X-chromosome sperm.During ovulation, cervical mucus is abundant and like raw egg-white. Its stretchy, thin,watery, and translucent. To time intercourse to have a girl, you need to have sex beforeexperiencing this quality of fertile cervical mucus. In other words, the presence of"transitional cervical mucus" indicates the period to time intercourse for having a girl baby.To have a boy, wait until you experience fertile, egg-white cervical mucus and then beginhaving sex.Below you will find an overview of the changes that will take place in your cervicalfluid throughout your cycle.Pre-Ovulation:Following the menstrual period, there is a feeling of dryness. There will be no visible mucus.Gradually, more mucus will accumulate - yellow, cloudy, or white in color and CM will be stickyto the touch. It must “hold its form” (will not be pliable or stretchy but stiff and tacky).Vaginal environment: hostile to sperm, pH level = acidic.Approaching Ovulation (Transitional):As you approach ovulation, your cervical mucus will increase. First, there will be a moistnessor stickiness to the mucus, as well as a white or cream-colored appearance. CM will stillhold its form, though it exhibit some viscous or fluid characteristics. Vaginalenvironment: somewhat hostile to sperm, pH level = relatively acidic. Robust girl spermfavored.During Ovulation (Peak Fertility):At ovulation, the quantity of mucus will increase greatly and the appearance will resemble"egg whites", often semitransparent. The texture will become increasingly slippery andstretchable. This is your most fertile time. Cervical mucus must stretch between yourCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 22
  23. 23. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guidefingers like raw egg whites and CM must be translucent. Vaginal environment: fertile,hospitable to sperm, pH level = relatively alkaline. Faster boy-sperm favored.Following Ovulation:Following ovulation, the slippery quality of the cervical mucus will decrease and the mucuswill become sticky and cloudier. Post-ovulatory dryness will also ensue. Vaginalenvironment: increasingly hostile to sperm, pH level = relatively acidic. If ovulation datehas passed, it’s academic – you are at low fertility.Ovulation Predictor Kits and Fertility Monitors:You have to use the ovulation tests - though saliva microscopes like Fertile Focus anddigital fertility monitors are equally excellent for tracking fertility. For LH urine tests, it isadvised to test twice daily as you need to detect the earliest moment of your LH surge. Test inthe late morning or early afternoon, and then again in the evening. The presence of apositive ovulation test indicates that you will likely ovulate within 12 to 36 hours. Hence, ifyou want a boy, you need to abstain from intercourse until you verify that ovulation isimminent with a positive result on your ovulation predictor kit. It’s even recommended bysome to wait 12 hours after your first positive OPK to time lovemaking (if you want to have aboy). For conceiving girls, a positive ovulation test would indicate that it’s time to stopprocreative lovemaking for this particular cycle.If you are using a saliva ovulation microscope, "transitional" ferning patterns will indicate thebest time to favor X-chromosome sperm, though youll need to wait for strong "positive" ferningpatterns to favor Y-chromosome sperm.High-tech fertility monitors like OvaCue or the ClearBlue will provide you with transition andpeak fertility dates. To augment your fertility chart and cervical mucus observations, adigital fertility monitor can tell you when to make love for a girl (transitional days) and for a boy(peak days).The more charting techniques and natural fertility signs you employ, the better you will beable to pinpoint when ovulation takes place each month. Along with BBT charting, monitoringcervical mucus, and ovulation testing, other natural fertility signs include 1) changes in theposition of the cervix 2) increased libido 3) increased breast sensitivity 4) mittelschmerz(ovulation pains) 5) and spotting during ovulation. Not all women will experience thesesymptoms.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 23
  24. 24. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Let’s Get Pregnant!If you conceive on one of the remaining dates of the month (outside of the Crucial Dates), youwill end up with the 50/50 chance of conceiving either a boy or a girl. And you do NOT want tolet Mother Nature decide for you this time, do you?So all you have to do is to have intercourse on the Crucial Dates each month (the dateschange from one month to another) and to protect yourself from conception for the remainingdays of the month until you finally get pregnant with your little prince… or princess!Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 24
  25. 25. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Did you know that... ALKALINITY favors the conception of a baby BOY ACIDITY favors the conception of a baby GIRLThis is an important gender selection factor that most people are not aware of. This simplescientific theory was a part of both our high schools biology and chemistry classes. (We wereprobably day dreaming back then and we forgot all about it...!)Still, scientific researches have demonstrated many times that the womans reproductive tractacidity level will definitely have a DIRECT impact on the gender of the baby she will conceive.The womans reproductive tract includes:  The vagina  The ovaries  The fallopian tubes  The cervixThe man carries 2 types of sperm:  The X-chromosome sperm (GIRL)  The Y-chromosome sperm (BOY)X-sperm (GIRL) are: bigger - slower - more resilient in the womans tract.Y-sperm (BOY) are: smaller - faster - weak - less resilient in the tract.The mother-to-be internal environment (tract) could be too acidic OR too alkaline and simply"kill" the "Y" sperm (BOY) or the "X" sperm (GIRL).Remember that the male Y-sperm are weaker. A highly acidic tract is a harsher environmentfor them to survive in. Once theyve been eliminated by acidity, the only ones left to reach theovum are the X-sperm, producing a baby girl.On the other hand, if the womans tract is highly alkaline, it will act as a booster on the "Y"sperm (male) in addition to the fact that they already are faster and will easily beat the "X"sperm (female) in their run to the ovum (egg).So quite simply, the *optimal* pH acidity level of your reproductive tract will most definitelymake ALL the difference in the process of selecting your babys gender.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 25
  26. 26. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideNo matter which gender selection method you intend to use and even if you strictly follow therules, you could still fail at conceiving the desired gender if you are either too acidic or tooalkaline.STEP #1: Testing your pH LevelThe FIRST STEP you definitely must go through before you can even dream about selectingyour babys gender is to make sure that you have the optimal and appropriate pH level.Because if you dont, you might as well forget about it. This is a pure and simple theory backedby scientific evidence. There is no way around it.You just cant beat the nature. Dont even try to go against it. Work with it.The very first step towards baby gender selection success is the mothers pH level. Years ofscientific researches and evidences cant be wrong.Test the pH level of the mothers reproductive tract to determine if it is favorable to theconception of a baby boy OR a baby girl.This Kit will not only tell you what is your pH level but it will also give you complete instructionsand guidelines (100% safe and natural) on exactly HOW to adjust and maintain your pH levelin the optimal zone required to conceive the desired gender (if needed).You MUST test your pH level each month for 5 consecutive days PRIOR to attemptingconception on the Crucial Dates.As a woman, there are very short periods of time when you are likely to conceive. In theseshort periods of time, certain factors will decide to whether a boy or a girl is conceived.It is as simple as this:If your ph is alkaline you are much more likely to have a boy.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 26
  27. 27. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideIf your ph is acidic you are much more likely to have a girl. Why use the PH Level Test Kit? • Highly accurate pH test strips • Color chart to analyze your test results • Calculation grid to determine your pH level • Complete easy-to-follow instructions • The optimal pH level required to conceive a Boy or a Girl • 100% safe & natural methods to adjust your pH levelSTEP #2: Adjusting your pH Level (If needed...)Now that you have completed your pH level test and have your results...2 OPTIONS: 1. If your pH level is already in the appropriate "Optimal Zone"... Congratulations! You can go to STEP #3 right now and try to conceive on the next set of Crucial Dates! 2. If your pH level is NOT in the appropriate "optimal zone"... You MUST adjust your pH level BEFORE trying to conceive on our now famous and renown Crucial Dates. There is absolutely NO way around it! (It will make ALL the difference between success or failure for you...) Have an Orgasm! When you reach orgasm, your body starts to produce specific substances that alter the acidity of your vagina. When your vagina is more alkaline than acid, you have a perfect environment for conceiving a boy! Not only having an orgasm before your man makes your vagina less acidic and more alkaline, which favors the boy producing Y sperm, but the contractions that accompany orgasm help move the sperm up and into the cervix. An additional chance for the boy producing Y sperm being available when the egg is available for fertilization! So… ladies first! Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 27
  28. 28. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide 1. Douche Some professionals suggest of the use of water & vinegar douche, whereby you will make your pH level more acidic and favor the conception of a baby girl. Or that if you douche with a water & baking soda solution, your pH level will be more alkaline and therefore favor the conception of a baby boy.STEP #3: Conceiving on the Crucial DatesIs there something like optimal time of conception that favors the birth of boy babies?Scientists have long been suspecting that there really is a connection between the time of yearthat babys been conceived and her sex. The sex ratio between female and male births seemsto vary with the seasons of the year. More interesting, it seems to correlate with temperatureabout one month before conception!Scientists from the University of Muenster in Germany compared monthly temperatures inGermany from 1946 to 2001 with German birth records of that period. He found that more girlswere born after cold spells, and boys followed heat waves. Indeed, it looks like temperaturesbefore the babies were conceived somehow influenced the sex of those children! 1. How to Predicting My "Special Days"? There will be two variations in temperature during a cycle, three if conception has occurred. For most women, 96.5 to 97.5 degrees is considered normal during the first two weeks of the menstrual cycle, prior to Special Days and 97.6 to 98.6 degrees after Special Days due to hormonal changes. Post-Special Days temps will remain high for a period usually 12 to 16 days until they drop again when your cycle ends and menstrual period begins. By charting the differences you can determine when Special Days has taken place. What you are looking for is a temperature shift of at least 0.4 degrees higher than all temperatures the previous six days over a 48-hour period. After doing a few charts, you will notice a very distinct and predictable pattern of Special Days, which will help you time future intercourse.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 28
  29. 29. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide 2. How to take my Basal Body Temperature? To take your Basal Body Temperature, you need a special (ultrasensitive) BBT thermometer. Such a thermometer is graduated in one-tenth of a degree increments, and is generally inexpensive ($6-$12). Your Basal Body Temperature can be taken either orally or vaginally, with orally being the more accurate method. Whichever you choose, try to keep it consistent throughout the cycle. Also try to place the BBT thermometer the same location in your mouth or the same depth vaginally every day. Your BBT temperature refers to the temperature of your body at rest - your temperature when you first wake up in the morning. It is recommended that you take your BBT first thing upon awakening, after at least three to four hours of sleep, before doing anything else (or your temperature will fluctuate), as well as avoid eating or drinking. Your temperature can rise up to one-tenth of a degree for every 30 minutes taken later than normal and fall one-tenth of a degree for every 30 minutes taken earlier than normal. If your temperature wasnt taken at the normal time, adjust it using this rule. Your temperature can also be affected if you have a fever, if you didnt get a good nights sleep, if you had an alcoholic drink the night before, if you experienced a jet lag and by changes in sleeping habits. Studies indicate that the sperm with the X chromosome - or female chromosome - have a longer life span than the male sperm (with the Y chromosome). Yet the male sperm appear to have a higher motility. Sperm motility is measured in two ways: percentage of sperm exhibiting movement, and the quality - or dynamics - of this movement, which is called the forward progression. Poor motility means the sperm have a difficult time swimming toward the egg. FertilAid for Men is a non-prescription male fertility supplement that has been shown to improve sperm motility. Hence, "female sperm" exhibit less motility - yet have a longer life span. The "male sperm" exhibit increased motility, but have a shorter life span than the X chromosome sperm. It is believed that if intercourse takes place on Special Days, then the probability is greater that the child will be male, due to the high motility (forward progression) and the decreased life span of the sperm. The sperm with the X chromosome - or female chromosome - have a longer life span than the male sperm, but exhibit decreased motility. Therefore, intercourse that takes place earlier will provide an increased probability of a girl. And dont forget your PH level...Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 29
  30. 30. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide PH is alkaline you are much more likely to have a boy. PH is acidic you are much more likely to have a girl. Reminder: For An Absolutely Mind-Boggling Success Rate, you must accurately calculate your Crucial Dates. You can practice it for three months and grasp the law of your Special Days.The Most Important Part: How to predict your Special DaysYou must start testing 5 days before you are due to ovulate daily, if you are unsure check thechart below to see when to start testing. Cycle Length Start Testing 21 days Day 6 22 days Day 6 23 days Day 7 24 days Day 7 25 days Day 8 26 days Day 9 27 days Day 10 28 days Day 11 29 days Day 12 30 days Day 13 31 days Day 14 32 days Day 15 33 days Day 16 34 days Day 17 35 days Day 18 36 days Day 19 37 days Day 20 38 days Day 21For example, if your menstrual cycle is 34 days and last period was on 4th May, you have tostart testing your PH level and body temperature 5 days before May 21th.If your PH level is between 6.2-7.5 and your body temperature is above 36.9 degree Celsius,youll conceive a baby boy.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 30
  31. 31. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideIf your PH level is between 4.5-5.7 and your body temperature is between 36.5-36.9 degreeCelsius, youll conceive a baby girl.This is a pure and simple theory backed by scientific evidence. There is no way around it. Youjust cant beat the nature. Dont even try to go against it. Work with it. Years of scientificresearches and evidences cant be wrong.It has been proven over and over again with 76,879 couples from all over the world! We canprovide technical support if you has questions about the baby gender selection.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 31
  32. 32. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Step-By-Step Method To ConceiveInformation presented in this ebook is quite comprehensively introducing the main principlesand methods of gender planning, therefore we think now it is more or less clear for you whatmust be done, why and how it must be done in order to maximum increase probability ofgiving a birth to a baby of desirable gender .Regardless of the fact that currently it is possible to easily use almost all described methods,we are sure, that most of readers will hardly ever try procedures of artificial planning, nor willstart to order expensive calendars.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 32
  33. 33. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideConsidering this, we have tried to create procedure of important steps, which would join themain methods of natural planning, and the process itself would become coherent, clear andfree of charge.Part of advices is meant for men, the other part for women, and some advices - for bothgenders at the same time. If in the line of advice “Husband” column is marked by plus sign,that means its for men, if plus stands at “Wife” this is a womans task, and if both columnsare marked both will have to fulfill a task .These important steps are presented in such an order, that nothing bad will happen if youconsciously or unconsciously miss any of them, and you will not have to start everything fromthe beginning. Just simply continue from that place, were the time left until plannedmoment of impregnation corresponds to the real terms.Of course, the less steps you will make, the less will be probability of success, however, evenin that case it will be much higher than if trusting only on the Gods will, don’t you agree?Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 33
  34. 34. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideSteps To Conceive A Baby BoySteps Time Advices Husband Wife 1 3-4 months Start filling calendar of fertile days. For watching fertility evidences and determining - + ovulation use any method acceptable for you. 2 1-2 month a) Start a "sodium - potassium" diet. Eat more meat, fish, and salted and smoked products. + + Use possibly less milk and dairy products. b) In fertility calendar set Special Day or the other day possibly closest to it. - + c) Plan monthly agenda in the way that nobody and nothing (unexpected outing, party + + with lots of used alcohol, etc.) could disturb sexual intercourse in the chosen day. 3 2 -3 weeks a) Make sexual life more active. Have sexual intercourses at least 2-3 times a week, + + however use contraception means for preventing pregnancy without intention. b) Keep the testes cool by staying under a cool environment. Avoid outfits like + - jockstraps, wet suits and other tight-fitting clothing such as jogging suits. 4 1-2 days If necessary, move the family bed in which you will make love in North-South direction. + -Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 34
  35. 35. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide 5 8-24 hours Set yourself psychologically for the lovemaking act. Create intimate and cozy + + environment, and a good mood. 6 2-4 hours Rest and relax. + - 7 30-60 min. Take a cup or two of strong caffeinated coffee. + - 8 15-30 min. Conduct soda douching prior to sexual 15-30 min. intercourse. (2 stricken teaspoons, i.e. - + without pile, mix with 500 ml of water) 9 0 min. Use deep penetration and the "rear entry" position. + + Try to experience orgasm during sexual intercourse before the man ejaculates. - +If you are not sure of Special day, you must repeat steps 5-9 of the procedure next day as well.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 35
  36. 36. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideSteps To Conceive A Baby GirlSteps Time Advices Husband Wife 1 3-4 months Start filling calendar of fertile days. For watching fertility evidences and determining - + ovulation use any method acceptable for you. 2 1-2 month a) Start "calcium-magnesium" diet. Use more milk and dairy products. Use possibly less + + meat, fish, and salted and smoked products. b) In fertility calendar set the day, which is 2 days before ovulation day. - + c) Plan monthly agenda in the way, that nobody and nothing (unexpected outing, party + + with lots of used alcohol, etc.) could disturb sexual intercourse in the chosen day. 3 2 -3 weeks a) Make sexual life rate slower. Take the trouble to have sexual intercourses as rare as + + possible or refuse them at all. b) Keep the testes warm by staying under a warm environment but be warned that + - prolong wear of overly tight outfit can lower your sperm count so much that no pregnancy is possible. 4 1-2 days If necessary, move the family bed in which you will make love in East-West direction. + -Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 36
  37. 37. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide 5 8-24 hours Set yourself psychologically for the lovemaking act. Create intimate and cozy + + environment, and a good mood. 6 2-4 hours Take easy exercises or play easy sports, or do simple physical jobs. + - 7 30-60 min. Abstain from having coffee or other drinks with caffeine. + - 8 15-30 min. Conduct vinegar douching prior to sexual intercourse (2 teaspoons of 3% apple vinegar - + mix with 500ml of water) 9 0 min. Use shallow penetration in the "missionary" position (face to face with male on top) + + Make sure not to achieve orgasm prior man ejaculation. Visualize a girl during orgasm. - +After sexual intercourse, restrain from sexual relations or use contraception means until fertilityperiod of current cycle will end.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 37
  38. 38. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Sexy Science: Assume Position!Let’s review what weve learned up to this point. The sperm that contains the y chromosome isdifferent than the sperm that contains the x chromosome, correct?The sperm which contains the x chromosome or baby girl sperm is larger, heavier, slower andmuch tougher. We also know that the male sperm will rush to fertilize the women’s egg. Whileit can be faster than the female sperm, it will also die quicker.Now, there are ways that you can make use of this information to work in your favor. That’sright, you guessed it. Baby isnt even conceived yet and you’re already making the necessaryadjustment. Now you’re going to change your positions during intercourse to help you pickyour baby’s gender! Wouldn’t that be great or what? Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 38
  39. 39. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideSexual Positions To Conceive A Baby BoySo you want a baby boy? To get pregnant with a baby boy, you have to position the sperm asclose as possible to the egg. This gives the weak little guys a short trip and limits their time in ahostile vaginal environment. 1. From Behind (a.k.a. "doggy style"): Who doesn’t like doggie? This is one of the most powerful ways to have sex. The woman kneels before the man, facing away. Penetration is then from behind, enabling the man to enter with deeper thrusts and deposit the sperm close to the cervix. Due to the control this position offers the man, his orgasms could be a lot more intense as well. If you want to have even more fun with this position, the man can use his arm around and stroke his partners breast as well as clitoris during intercourse. The woman, on the other hand, can delight her partner by reaching in between, "tickling" his testicles softly as he moves the base of his penis. The resulting orgasms will astonish you both! 2. The “Spread Eagle” position. This position requires the woman to lie on her stomach and spread her legs wide. The man then enters her vagina from behind. This position Allows the man to penetrate the vagina deep. The man being in control helps because he knows exactly when he is about to ejaculate and can thrust his penis deep into the vagina while he ejaculates. It’s important that the man ensures deep penetration as he ejaculates so that the sperm gets up above the neck of the cervix. 3. The “Astride” position. This position requires the woman to sit astride the man with her legs on each side while the man lies on his back.The woman then lowers herself to the man so that his penis penetrates her vagina. With the woman on top it’s important for the man to communicate when he’s about to ejaculate so that the woman can press down and ensure the deepest penetration possible during ejaculation.TIP: To conceive a boy, penis must penetrate as deep as possible while ejaculating.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 39
  40. 40. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideSexual Positions To Conceive A Baby GirlSo you want a baby girl? Then you have to do some shallow penetration with your partner. Abetter window of opportunity allows the slower, yet much more durable "female sperm" to taketheir time to accomplish their purpose. 1. Missionary Position (a.k.a. Man on top): A lot of experts and parents have the same opinion that having the man positioned on top offers the greatest possibility of having a girl. The extent of penetration combined with the prone position of the woman allows the sperm to be deposited near the cervical opening. Additional "plus" for this popular position is that it allows both partners to communicate through seductive looks, intimate kisses, touches and oral stimulation of breasts and nipples (for both partners!), and movement. 2. Spooning: The woman lay down with her back to her partner and he cuddles her from behind. The penetration with this position will not be as deep as the ‘doggy style’, but both partners can be quite relaxed, which can really help to achieve conception. The woman can move against her partner, inviting stimulation and allowing him to enter her from behind. The man is able to manually stimulate the womans breasts and clitoris. Gentle kisses and communication between the two can ignite even more satisfaction. 3. "Living on the Edge": You have to take this one literally! The woman lays on the edge of the bed or couch. The man can then enter from the front from either a standing or kneeling position. Like the missionary position, penetration will not be as deep as the doggy style. The unusual position will excite you both. Again, manual stimulation of both partners can add even more pleasure and intensity. Gravity, ladies, remains on your side helping the sperm meet their goal!TIP: To conceive a girl, withdraw penis as close as possible to cervix while ejaculating.One last thing: you have to lie down after sex. Whether you want a boy or a girl, it doesn’tmatter. The woman have to lie down on her back with her hips elevated (you can try put apillow beneath them) after sex to help the sperm swim down to her cervix.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 40
  41. 41. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide Diet To ConceiveYou’ve no doubt heard the expression “You are what you eat”, right?Well, your food intake can determine what type of sperm (male or female) a woman’s eggattracts. Therefore, what you eat will influence the boy sperm or the girl sperm to be attractedto your egg. It is advisable to begin your diet at least six weeks before you try to conceive yourbabyEating a variety of healthy foods is never more important than when you’re planning apregnancy. Don’t wait until your pregnancy is confirmed before you start eating for two; beginthe moment you start trying to conceive. That means ensuring that your diet includes adequateamounts of folic acid, iron, and calcium—three nutrients that have a critically important role toplay during pregnancy.You don’t, of course, have to up your caloric intake at this point, unless, of course, you’reseriously underweight and in weight-gain mode. That part of the “eating for two” program canwait until you get the official word that there’s a baby on the way.This guide is designed to provide you with an adequate number of servings from each of thefour basic food groups: grain products, vegetables and fruit, milk products, and meat andalternatives.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 41
  42. 42. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide The Modern/Western Diet During pregnancy, it’s important to eat a variety of healthy foods. Eating at least three meals a day and healthy snacks is probably the best way to consume a greater variety of foods. If morning sickness makes this impossible, try eating a series of snacks or small meals throughout the day. Remember that you can get servings from several food groups at once if you eat them in combination. A slice of cheese pizza, for example, would count toward servings in the grain (crust), vegetable (tomato sauce) and dairy (cheese) groups. When you’re pregnant, aim to eat more than the minimum number of servings typically recommended in each category of the food pyramid. The increased minimum serving listed on the next page will provide you with 1,800 to 2,800 calories daily. The Modern/Western Diet PlanFood Group Why You Need This Type Number of What Constitutes A Serving of Food Servings/DayGrain Grain products are critical for 5 to 12 • 1 slice of breadproducts converting food to energy servings • 30 grams (1 ounce) of cold cereal and for maintaining healthy • 175 mL (3/4 cup) of hot cereal nervous system. • 1/2 a bagel, pita, or bun • 125 mL (1/2 cup) of pasta or riceVegetables Vegetables and fruits are a 5 to 12 • 1 medium-sized vegetable or fruitand fruits good source of fibre and an servings • 125 mL (1/2 cup) fresh, frozen, or excellent source of vitamin C canned vegetables or fruit as well as hundreds of • 250 mL (1 cup) of tossed salad disease-fighting compounds • 125 mL (1/2 cup) of fruit juice called phytochemicals.Milk products Milk products are an 2 to 4 servings • 250 mL (1 cup) milk excellent source of calcium, • 50 grams approximately (11/2 ounces) responsible for keeping of hard cheese bones strong and staving off • 175 mL (: cup) of yogourt osteoporosis, a debilitating bone-thinning disease.Meat and Meat and alternatives provide 2 to 3 servings • 50 to 100 grams (11/2 to 3 ounces) ofAlternatives excellent sources of protein. meat, poultry, or fish • 1 to 2 eggs • 125 to 250 mL (1/2 to 1 cup) of beans • 100 grams (3 ounces) of tofu • 30 mL (2 tbsp.) of peanut butter Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 42
  43. 43. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideIronFolic acid isn’t the only nutrient that a woman planning a pregnancy needs to be concernedabout. Iron also plays an important role during pregnancy, helping the body to create theadditional red blood cells needed to carry oxygen from your lungs to various parts of your bodyas well as to your growing baby. If you have a severe case of anemia, your baby faces anincreased risk of intrauterine growth restriction and fetal hypoxia during labor, and you’ll beless able to handle the blood loss associated with atypical vaginal or Caesarean delivery.Unfortunately, many women of childbearing age don’t get enough iron in their diet. As a result,they already be iron-deficient (anemic) by the time they become pregnant. Because it’simportant to ensure that a pregnant woman has adequate iron reserves, your doctor will likelycheck your hemoglobin level at your preconception health checkup and throughout yourpregnancy. o Choose whole-grain foods such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. o Eat breakfast cereals that are high in fibre. (You can give your bowl of breakfast cereal an added fibre boost by topping it with fresh fruit such as bananas, blueberries, strawberries, or raisins.) o Look for ways to increase your intake of vegetables. Eat them raw or add them to soups and casseroles. o Find creative ways to work legumes into your diet, like adding beans to soups, chili, and pasta dishes.CalciumWe all know that calcium plays an important role during pregnancy, but many women don’trealize why it’s so important to go into pregnancy with adequate stores of this crucial mineral.Here’s what you need to know. A woman who is calcium-deficient prior to and duringpregnancy will give birth to a calcium-deficient baby who is at increased risk of being bornprematurely. What’s more, she could find herself at increased risk of developing osteoporosislater in life.Even though Mother Nature does her best to ensure that a pregnant woman will obtainadequate amounts of calcium from her food—a pregnant body is twice as efficient at absorbingcalcium as a non-pregnant one—if the woman isn’t consuming enough calcium-rich foods, herbody will start to take calcium from her bones in order to meet the needs of her developingbaby.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 43
  44. 44. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideThe Acid-Alkaline Diet for Baby Gender SelectionThis chart is for those trying to "adjust" their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, withnumbers below 7 acidic ( low on oxygen ) and numbers above 7 alkaline.Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils,spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts. Generally, acid forming foods include:meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes. BOY DIET GIRL DIET ALKALINE FOODS & ACIDIC FOODS & ALKALIZING VEGETABLES ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES • Alfalfa • Corn • Barley Grass • Lentils • Beet Greens • Olives • Beets • Winter Squash • Broccoli • ACIDIFYING FRUITS • Cabbage • Blueberries • Carrot • Canned or Glazed Fruits • Cauliflower • Cranberries • Celery • Currants • Chard Greens • Plums • Chlorella • Prunes • Collard Greens • Cucumber ACIDIFYING GRAINS, • Dandelions GRAIN PRODUCTS • Dulce • Edible Flowers • Amaranth • Eggplant • Barley • Fermented Veggies • Bran, oat • Garlic • Bran, wheat • Green Beans • Bread • Green Peas • Corn • Kale • Cornstarch • Kohlrabi • Crackers, soda • Lettuce • Flour, wheat • Mushrooms • Flour, whiteCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 44
  45. 45. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide • Mustard Greens • Hemp Seed Flour • Nightshade Veggies • Kamut • Onions • Macaroni • Parsnips (high glycemic) • Noodles • Peas • Oatmeal • Peppers • Oats (rolled) • Sea Veggies • Quinoa • Spinach, green • Spelt • Spirulina • Wheat Germ • Sprouts • Wheat • Sweet Potatoes • Tomatoes ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES • Watercress • Wheat Grass • Almond Milk • Wild Greens • Black Beans • Chick Peas ALKALIZING ORIENTAL • Green Peas VEGETABLES • Kidney Beans • Lentils • Daikon • Pinto Beans • Dandelion Root • Red Beans • Kombu • Rice Milk • Maitake • Soy Beans • Nori • Soy Milk • Reishi • White Beans • Shitake • Umeboshi ACIDIFYING DAIRY • Wakam • Butter ALKALIZING FRUITS • Cheese • Cheese, Processed • Apple • Ice Cream • Apricot • Ice Milk • Avocado • Banana (high glycemic) ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS • Berries • Blackberries • Cashews • Cantaloupe • Legumes • Cherries, sour • Peanut Butter • Coconut, fresh • Peanuts • Currants • Pecans • Dates, dried • Tahini • Figs, dried • Walnuts • GrapesCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 45
  46. 46. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide • Grapefruit ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN • Honeydew Melon • Lemon • Bacon • Lime • Beef • Muskmelons • Carp • Nectarine • Clams • Orange • Cod • Peach • Corned Beef • Pear • Fish • Pineapple • Haddock • Raisins • Lamb • Lobster ALKALIZING PROTEIN • Mussels • Almonds ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS • Chestnuts • Millet • Avocado Oil • Tempeh (fermented) • Butter • Tofu (fermented) • Canola Oil • Whey Protein Powder • Corn Oil • Flax Oil ALKALIZING SWEETENERS • Hemp Seed Oil • Lard • Stevia • Olive Oil • Safflower Oil ALKALIZING SPICES & • Sesame Oil SEASONINGS • Sunflower Oil • Chili Pepper ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS • Cinnamon • Curry • Carob • Ginger • Corn Syrup • Herbs (all) • Sugar • Miso • Mustard ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL • Sea Salt • Tamari • Beer • Hard Liquor ALKALIZING OTHER • Spirits • Wine • Alkaline Antioxidant Water • Apple Cider Vinegar ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS • Bee Pollen • Fresh Fruit Juice • CatsupCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 46
  47. 47. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess Guide • Green Juices • Cocoa • Lecithin Granules • Mustard • Mineral Water • Pepper • Molasses, blackstrap • Soft Drinks • Probiotic Cultures • Vinegar • Soured Dairy Products • Veggie Juices ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS ALKALIZING MINERALS • Aspirin • Cesium: pH 14 • Chemicals • Potassium: pH 14 • Drugs, Medicinal • Sodium: pH 14 • Drugs, Psychedelic • Herbicides • Pesticides • Tobacco ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD • Beer: pH 2.5 • Coca-Cola: pH 2Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 47
  48. 48. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideDay-to-Day Diet Plan“The Modern/Western Way” Day Serving Size Monday On the first day, you must only have milk and bread for breakfast. The next meal composes of 2 eggs and a tomato. Dinner is served with 7 ounces of red meat and a green salad. Tuesday Breakfast includes milk and a slice of toast or 3 pieces crackers. Lunch includes seven ounces of red meat and green salad. Dinner is served with 5 and ½ ounce of ham and 1 cup of yogurt. Wednesday This day still offers milk and toast or crackers for breakfast. Lunch is served with green salad and 1 tomato and 1 orange. Dinner is prepared with 3 and ½ ounce of ham, fruit salad and 2 eggs. Thursday It starts the day with milk or a cup of tea, a slice of toast or crackers. The second meal has 5 and ¼ ounce of gruyere cheese, 1 egg and 1 carrot. Dinner is served with fruit salad and 1 cup of yogurt. Friday Breakfast offers 5 and ¼ ounce of ham and 1 cup of carrots. Lunch is served with 7 ounces of broiled fish and 1 tomato. Dinner offers 8 and ¾ ounce of red meat. Saturday Breakfast still offers milk, a slice of toast or crackers. Lunch is prepared with a cranberries or blueberries and ¼ baked chicken. Dinner is served with 2 eggs and 1 cup of raw carrots. Sunday Breakfast offers coffee, a slice of toast or crackers. Lunch is prepared with a citrus fruit and ¼ baked chicken. Dinner is served with 2 eggs and 1 cup of avocado.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 48
  49. 49. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideThe Chinese WayTraditional Chinese medicine recognizes food as the most important energy source for yourbody. A meal is not merely an addition of calories, but is an opportunity to supply the body withenergy needed for health and conception. According to Chinese medicine experts, the goal ofthe fertility diet is to bring the body back into balance so conception can take place.In the Chinese way, you have to avoid processed foods. According to Chinese medicine,eating processed and canned foods is like taking the life-giving properties of food away fromyour body. Processed white flour and wheat are energetically cold as well as constricting andcreate dampness in your body. This could ruin your entire reproductive system, making itdifficult for conception to take place. Choose unprocessed, natural and organic foods as muchas possible to create a healthy internal environment for you and your baby inside.If you’re a vegetarian, you can continue to follow your diet during pregnancy and have ahealthy baby. But you’ll need to plan and review your food intake. To get the nutrition youneed, eat a wide variety of foods and balance your intake each day.If you normally include fish, milk and eggs in your diet, you’ll have an easier time getting theiron, calcium and protein you need. If you don’t eat any animal products at all, that is, you’re avegan, you’ll need to carefully plan your daily food intake. Vegans often have difficulty gettingenough zinc, vitamin B-12, iron, calcium and folic acid. To avoid this problem, try the following: o Eat at least four servings of calcium-rich foods each day. Nondairy sources include broccoli, kale, dried beans, and calcium-fortified juices, cereals and soy products. o Add more energy-rich foods to your diet. This is particularly important if you’re having trouble gaining enough weight. Good sources include nuts, nut butters, seeds and dried fruit. o Seek advice on supplements. Many vegans need a vitamin B-12 supplement. A prenatal vitamin that supplements other nutritional needs also necessary. To be sure what’s right for you, consult with your health care provider and, if recommended, a registered dietitian.Fish and shellfishSeafood is highly nutritious and can continue to be part of your diet during pregnancy. Fish is agreat source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for brain development in the growingbaby. Both fresh and frozen fish must be properly prepared to eliminate viral or bacterialcontamination. When cooking, use the 10-minute rule. This involves measuring fish at itsthickest part and cooking for 10 minutes per inch at 450 F. Shellfish such as clams, oystersand shrimp must be boiled for four to six minutes.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 49
  50. 50. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideWhile you’re pregnant, avoid all raw and undercooked seafood. It’s also a good idea to buyfresh fish and seafood the same day you plan to eat it. Be aware that environmental toxins canbe a problem with some freshwater fish and ocean seafood.One last note: everybody is different, so please talk to your doctor before making anyadjustment in a healthy and balanced preconception diet. The Chinese Diet PlanFood Group Why You Need This Number of What Constitutes A Serving Type of Food Servings/DayBreads Cereals, bagels, brown, rice, 3 to 4 servings • 1 serving = 1/2 cup pasta, whole-grain breads, rolls cooked cereal or rice; and crackers, whole-wheat • 1 slice bread, 1/2 bagel pasta.Vegetables Leaf lettuce, spinach, 4 to 6 servings • ½ cup cooked/raw fruitand fruits peppers, sweat potatoes, • 1 cup of raw vegetables peas, green beans, broccoli, • 1 medium sized piece of fruit carrots, corn, tomatoes. Apples, bananas, grapes, mango, pineapple, orange, melon, peach, raisins.Milk and Skim milk, low-fat cheese, 3 to 4 servings • 1 cup of milkcheese low-fat yogurt, low-fat • 1 ounce of cheese cottage cheese.Meat, fish, Chicken, dried peas, beans, 2 to 3 servings • 1 serving, 2 to 3 ounceand eggs fish, ducks, lean pork, eggs. • 1 eggCopyright © All rights reserved. Page 50
  51. 51. Plan My Baby - Prince or Princess GuideDay-to-Day Diet Plan“The Chinese Way” Day Serving Size Monday Choose your favorite vegetable and eat it in any quantities: at least 1 kg during the day. During this day you must drink more mineral water (non-carbonated). For lunch 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of vegetables, soup and 1 apple. For dinner 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of vegetables, finish it with a cup of milk late night. Tuesday If the previous day was vegetable, it means it must be followed by fruit day. For example, apple, orange or pear day. Divide fruits for the 5 meals and eat it during the day. If you feel very hungry, then drink a glass of yogurt. For lunch 1 cup of rice with potatoes, chicken soup and 1 orange. For dinner 1 cup of fried rice with carrots and tomatoes. Wednesday For the third day, you can have all vegetables and vegetable soups that suit your taste. Examples are cabbage soup, carrot soup, onion soup, eggplant soup, pumpkin soup, among others. Then 1 cup of noodles, 1 cup of spinach, 1 cup of corn soup and 1 fresh apple in the morning. For dinner 1 cup of rice, 3 ounces of fish or tofu, and 1 cup of warm tea. Thursday You can start off the day with a cup of green tea with honey. Then 1 cup of rice, 3 ounces of fish or tofu, 1 cup of vegetables, soup and 1 fresh fruit in the morning for lunch. For dinner 1 cup of noodles with broccoli and egg, and plain mineral water. Friday Begin the morning day with an egg, cooked beans, peanut butter and nuts for breakfast. For lunch, you can have 1 cup of rice, 3 ounces of meat, 1 cup of vegetables, soup, and 1 fresh fruit like an apple. For dinner, 1 cup of noodles with cabbage and egg. Saturday Today is a meat feast time because you can eat one portion of Peking duck with garnishes of green vegetables in the morning. Red meat, fish, poultry-skin removed for dinner with broccoli, cabbage, and green peas. Sunday You can only have a variety of fruits and fruit juices. Fruits such as apples, oranges, acai berries; watermelons, plums, peaches, and grapes are excellent fruits for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can try to make your fresh fruit juices for snacks.Copyright © All rights reserved. Page 51