Want a Baby Girl? Chow Down on Nuts and Cheese

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It won’t do any wonders to your figure, but hey! You’re pregnant anyway.

A study by Maastricht University in The Netherlands suggests that a mother’s diet can influence the eventual gender of her baby. The study tracked expectant mothers who were directed to eat a high-dairy, magnesium-rich diet, cutting out foods rich in salt and potassium. Some 80% of the mothers gave birth to a baby girl.

The study also tracked when couple’s conceived, finding that odds of having a girl were boosted if fertilization occurred outside of the days immediately before and after ovulation.

“The results show that both diet and timing methods increase the probability of a girl – the impact of the diet being the most pronounced,” a university spokesman said. (via News.Com.Au)