Will You Have a Boy or a Girl?

girl and baby boyOnce your egg has been fertilized by your partner’s sperm, you truthfully have a 50/50 chance of having a boy or a girl.  You probably already know that the determining factor is the chromosome carried by the sperm that fertilized the egg.  If it is an X chromosome, you will have a girl, and if it is a Y chromosome, you will have a boy.

Through the years, articles have been published on ways to increase your chances of having a baby of a specific gender, and many of them have to do with your pre-conception diet.  It is thought that these diets can change either the content of a woman’s uterine environment or the acidity in her body, making it more receptive to one type of sperm over another.

  • The Girl Diet– To have a girl, it is recommended women consume the following on a daily basis: 3 glasses of milk, 2 additional milk products, sodium-free cheese, plain eggs, mineral water, 1 weak cup of coffee or tea for the potassium, salt-free bread and crackers, brown or white rice, 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water, and semolina, tapioca, corn flour, or puffed rice cereals.  This diet can be used up to a few months prior to conception.
  • The Boy Diet– To have a boy, it is recommended women both avoid acidic foods, and consume red meat, eggs, fish, beans, peas, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet corn, raisins, bread, and salty foods.  This diet can be used for a few weeks prior to conception.

Lady-Comp Baby can potentially assist you through its unique gender prediction feature.  During your fertile days, the monitor will display a “boy” or “girl” light to let you know which gender you are likely to conceive over the next 24 hours. While no prediction is guaranteed, it is something fun to think about while you are on the road to conceiving.

Hormonal Birth Control and Breastfeeding

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There is a longstanding rumor that it is not possible to become pregnant while you are breastfeeding.  However, it is simply not true.  Breastfeeding does generally decrease your fertility, and therefore you may find that you do not menstruate for months after having your baby.  However, the body will typically release its first postpartum egg about two weeks before you experience your first post-baby period.  Therefore, it is very possible that you can become pregnant while you are still breastfeeding.

At that point, with all that your body has just been through, you may not want to become pregnant again immediately.  Initially, abstinence is recommended.  Doctors will usually tell women who have just given birth to put off having sex until their six-week postpartum examination, at which point the progress of their healing can be checked and they can be medically cleared.  However, once given the green light, hormonal birth control methods are not the best option for breastfeeding women. First, oral contraceptives containing estrogen are known to suppress milk production.  Second, any type of hormonal birth control will enter into the breast milk you are feeding your child.  Physicians still do not know what type of impact these hormones have on children’s long term sexual and reproductive development.

Therefore, non-hormonal forms of birth control are ideal for the nursing mother.  This can include the use of condoms, diaphragms, sponges, or cervical caps.  However, these forms of birth control are subject to human error in usage that can decrease their effectiveness.  Women have an affordable, accurate, and all-natural alternative for fertility control with Lady-Comp. Lady-Comp is a computer which will determine your ovulation with 99.3% accuracy based simply on the data you provide and your daily morning body temperature.

During the time of reduced fertility immediately postpartum and the initial stages of breastfeeding, Lady-Comp shows yellow.  Just try to take your temperature as often as possible. Your temperatures are a typical zig-zag pattern.  Lady-Comp plus a barrier method like the condoms, diaphragms, sponges or cervical caps are the best choice during this time.

Once you and your baby reduce the frequency of breastfeeding, your body starts to produce hormones inducing ovulation (FSH).  You will notice a change in the pattern of cervical mucus – sometimes being more fluid.  During this time you are potentially fertile.  Lady-comp still shows yellow, but your wake-up temperatures drop to a lower level with fewer disturbances.  This is the time to be extra cautious when making love.

As soon as your first ovulation has taken place, Lady-Comp will notice a significant change in your temperature pattern and show green when it is sure you are definitely infertile.  About 8 days later you will have your first menstruation and Lady-Comp will be able to predict future ovulations.

Be aware that only the change of temperature can show you for sure that you ovulated. The mucus pattern comes and goes like waves – thus it’s a sign of being fertile, but not good enough to establish that ovulation has definitely taken place.

 

Over 40? You Still Need Birth Control!

There is a pervasive myth among women in our culture that if you are over age 40, you no longer need to worry about birth control.  Television personality and physician Dr. Mehmet Oz believes that women over 40 assume they are too old to get pregnant, and therefore become lax in taking precautions.  As a result, women in this age group parallel adolescents in the amount of unplanned pregnancies and abortions each year.

Another reason women over 40 may be avoiding birth control is lack of knowledge of new research expanding their contraceptive options.  Up until recently, women over 40 were cautioned against using any hormonal forms of birth control due to increased risk of blood clots.  This left condoms and tubal ligation as the primary remaining choices, so women not interested in either chose to risk playing the odds.

Recently, studies have shown that due to a dramatic decrease in the amount of estrogen present in birth control pills on the market today, the pill is now a safe alternative for older women who are lean and healthy.  Unfortunately, they remain verboten for women who are obese, smoke, have migraines, or have high blood pressure, among other conditions.

Doctors say that if a woman does not wish to get pregnant, she should use contraception until at least one full year has passed since her last spontaneous menstrual cycle.  If you are over 40 and cannot or do not want to use hormonal birth control, condoms, or surgical sterilization methods,  Lady-Comp provides you with a highly effective and all natural alternative.  Lady-Comp is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length.  It is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations and computer techniques to predict your fertile days, primarily based on your morning body temperature.   Research shows that Lady-Comp is 99.3% effective, higher than both the pill and condoms.  To learn more about Lady-Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY.  We are looking forward to speaking with you.

Pregnancy Cravings

One of the most common things known about a pregnant woman are their cravings.  Not everyone has the same craving and not many people know what the cravings indicate but don’t worry.  There is plenty of help and with some guidance even a picky eater can find something she enjoys.

 

Cravings happen for a reason.  The stereotypical pickles and ice cream craving means that the woman’s body is craving calcium and the vinegar/sourness in the pickles gets the calcium from the ice cream into the body faster.  That’s why many women crave them together.  Craving chocolate?  Your body is craving magnesium and you can get that from oatmeal.  Not the instant kind but the kind that takes several minutes to cook.  Eating the oatmeal with some honey is also a great way to fend off depression during and after pregnancy.  So when faced with a craving, try to think about what it is you want.  Something sweet?  Go after the fruit.  Vary the colors because different colors of fruits have different vitamins and nutrients.

 

Minerals that pregnant woman need include calcium, iron and zinc.  Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B6 (Pyridoxine), and C are all water-soluble, meaning they dissolve in water.  Vitamins E, D and A are all fat-soluble, meaning they are stored in the fatty tissues and liver.

 

In the United States, an excellent resource for dietary suggestions is the Healthy Food Group Choices page through the USDA.  It has many delicious suggestions and the best part is that the food can be fresh, frozen or cooked.  All forms deliver the same vitamins and minerals for that food.

 

The eating guidelines may seem very daunting.  Many people look at them and think “How in the world am I ever going to eat all that and keep a healthy weight?” First, cut out the sugars.  In modern society it’s very hard to do but the end result is so worth it.  Cutting out the sugars, also known as empty calories, cuts back on weight gain which lessens the risk of diabetes developing.  Also, many of the sugars go straight to the baby, which adds to the child’s weight gain. Not allowing your baby too become too heavy in the womb will make for an easier labor, delivery and healthier baby overall.

 

Second, do what is called “doubling up”.  For example, yogurt is a doubled up food because it provides the calcium as well as protein in one shot.  An excellent recipe for dinner is the Extra-Easy Spinach Lasagna Recipe; this delicious meal has tomato sauce, spinach, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese.  Looking at those ingredients alone, this meal has protein, calcium, iron, zinc and several of the B vitamins as well.  It doesn’t take that much time at all and it makes enough for some to be leftover to be used the next day.

 

If you are still finding it hard to know what the best choices to make for your health during pregnancy, speak to your doctor. Your doctor is the best resource for questions concerning health during pregnancy, like nutrition and exercise, as well as for questions concerning after delivery, like banking your baby’s cord blood and immunizations. By following your doctor’s directions and other health tips, you and your baby will both be healthy and happy after delivery.

 

 

“Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.”