Most people understand that a baby gets DNA from both its mother and its father. So, a baby girl might get her blue eyes from her mother and her blond hair or athletic ability from her father. Or, a baby boy might get his singing voice from his father and his mathematical ability from his mother. But, what about a baby’s gender?
I get a lot of questions about this and many of them indicate to me that there’s some confusion about this topic. I often have people tell me that they don’t think the mother or the woman has any influence on her baby’s gender. And, I’ve had people also tell me that gender is determined by the mother’s father (in the same way that baldness is said to be.)
I maintain that baby gender is, in its own way, determined by both parents. Yes, it is the man’s sperm that will ultimately decide whether an X or a Y sperm fertilizes the egg. And, at the end of the day, it’s that distinction that determines whether you will have a boy or a girl. But there are also many factors that the mother or woman has some influence over that can also influence her baby’s gender as well. I will discuss this more in the following article.
The Man’s Sperm Does Have A Great Deal Of Influence Over His Baby’s Gender: As I alluded to, you could say that there’s an equation that determines baby gender. XX will give you a girl baby. And XY will give you a boy. Here’s why. The woman or mother will also contribute an X chromosome to the baby’s sex. This doesn’t change. The woman only has the capability to provide an X.
The father or man, on the other hand, has two different options. He can either contribute an X or a Y via his sperm that makes it’s way through the woman’s reproductive tract and hopefully eventually fertilizes her egg and results in a healthy pregnancy. A man’s sperm is said to contain equal amounts of both X and Y chromosomes. So, theoretically, there is also an equal chance of either X or Y fertilizing the egg and resulting in either a boy or a girl baby.
Although The Woman Always Contributes An X, Other Factors That Have To Do With The Mother Can Have An Influence On Gender: While I would never attempt to argue that anyone but the male or father makes the ultimate contribution toward gender, I also don’t believe that the woman or the mother doesn’t make any contribution at all.
The timing in which the woman has intercourse and the PH of her reproductive tract can all make things more or less favorable for the X and Y chromosomes. In short, the mother is the passage way that the sperm (and the chromosomes) go through on their journey. And, if the mother is acidic, this tends to favor a girl baby because such an environment is detrimental to the Y sperm. And, if the mother is alkaline, this is more conducive to boy baby. Likewise, having intercourse early in a woman’s reproductive cycle favors a female conception. And having sex after ovulation or later favors a boy conception.
Also, the father or man has no control over whether he’s releasing X’s or Y’s into the equation. But, the woman does have some control over her timing and whether she is acidic or alkaline. So, in this way, I believe the mother does make a controllable contribution to her baby’s gender.