Being stress free before getting pregnant could just do the trick if you want a baby boy after a new study conducted in Britain suggested that those who conceive when they are stressed are more likely to give birth to a girl.
The study was conducted by researchers at Oxford ¬University who followed 338 women from around the country and measured their cortisol and the enzyme alpha-amylase levels until they got pregnant.
AdvertisementAround 207 women from the group became pregnant during the study period and of the babies born, 58 were boys and 72 were girls. However the researchers found that 75 percent of those who had the highest levels of cortisol gave birth to girls, leading to suggestions that stress plays an important role in the sex of the baby.
"Chronic stress can be related to many different stressful situations including financial pressures, stress at work, difficult relationships and problems related to physical or mental health problems. Long-term stress in women may be related to stress in the workplace or at stress in the home - or it may be related to long-term emotional stress due to relationship difficulties", Dr Cecilia Pyper, who worked on the study, said.