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1/25/15 9:07 P

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If you find anything Tigger let us know!

Upon researching multiple births in the past it seems genetics (conflicting evidence), race, body weight, and medications may play a role.

Interestingly enough women who a bit overweight have increased chances of having twins. Additionally Africans have the highest rate of twins, and fertility drugs can of course cause hyperovulation.
Birth control can also have an effect. TTC three to six months after stopping BC may increase your chances of having twins!

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1/24/15 10:21 P

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Interesting, I wonder then if sweet potatoes have the same fertility effects as yams... Off to google...

Dani

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1/24/15 1:23 P

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I have read that too.

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1/24/15 11:12 A

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Oh yes I apologize! I'm so use to calling them yams.....My husband is from West Africa and has stated this to me before in the past. He's from Ghana emoticon
Yams come from the ground like potatoes, but take a very long time to harvest (about a year). He said they are bigger then potatoes; "As big as your head" lol.
They look like this: http://www.vivienne-mackie.com/articles/ho
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It taste similar to potatoes, but it's sweet. It's eaten it in a variety of ways.
He says he may have seen them at the African Markets in NYC. We have yet to see them here in Philly.
You may be able to find them online if you really want to try them!

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1/22/15 6:46 P

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I have no advice about how to get pregnant with a girl vs boy, but I was just reading about the yam/sweet potato thing the other day. True yams aren't really found in America. Grocery stores call one of two different species of sweet potatoes "yams" to differentiate (one has orange flesh and one is a little more white). So if you're looking for true "yams" from
Africa, you may not be able to get it here...

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1/22/15 9:53 A

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Interesting!!

Yams are very similar to sweet potatoes. Actually, I always thought they were the same thing, but maybe I'm wrong.

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1/21/15 6:26 P

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Okay, off to figure out what a yam is and how I can eat seventeen of them daily!!!

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1/21/15 2:48 P

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Also somewhat related, but do you know about Yams?

They have nothing to do with having boys, but I read an article about twins. There's an African tribe in west Africa that has the highest rate of twins in the world! The rate is about 4 times higher than anywhere else.

Scientist believe it has to do with their daily diet of eating yams! . In yams there's an estrogen compound called phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogen increases a woman's Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and may induce hyper ovulation--the release of more than one egg, which usually leads to twin pregnancies.

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1/21/15 11:29 A

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Hi Jenna!

I second everyone in this thread concerning ovulation. Some websites suggest having sex starting 24 hours before ovulation and ending 12 hours after ovulation.

Make sure your partner has a good sperm count at this time to ensure you get pregnant. There are ways he can raise his sperm count (not smoking, not having sex for few days, avoiding certain meds., etc.)

I also have heard about certain positions increasing your chances specifically rear-entry position. From those types of positions you are closer to the cervix; giving the fast-moving male sperm an advantage.
Best of luck!

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1/21/15 11:17 A

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I have a friend who got pregnant with a girl and she was intimate with her man 3-4 days before O and another friend who got pregnant with a boy (we're assuming while she was ovulating) as it was an unexpected pregnancy with precautions taken (condom broke and Day After Pill taken 12 hours later). So from my limited experience I would believe that those are valid thoughts, but if you limit when you are being intimate it could take you a lot longer to conceive!

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1/21/15 10:47 A

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I learned the same about male/female sperm in biology at school. I think it probably affects the outcome to some degree. I got pregnant on OV day and I had a boy with my first. I am going to try to play the odds and try for a girl with #2. It can't hurt.

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1/21/15 3:24 A

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I agree with AMPROSKE. There's a chapter about this in the book Taking Charge Of Your Fertility. You'll probably be able to find info on it online as well. Good luck! :-)

For me, I would be happy with either one, after over a year of trying for #1...

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1/20/15 9:20 P

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I don't know if it's true but supposedly the closer you are to ovulation the better your chances for a boy. It may be a myth or whatever but there is some thought that girl swimmers are slower so if you want a girl try a few days before ovulation and boy swimmers are faster so try the day before and of ovulation. Like i said I don't know if that is really science based and of course you could still end up with either one.

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1/20/15 8:32 P

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No pointers here... We're hoping for our first, not yet delving into those specifics... Spreading baby luck everywhere!!!

Dani

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1/20/15 11:07 A

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Hi, ladies!

My husband and I are going to start trying to get pregnant in March. (Wouldn't it be nice if it happened right away?! We couldn't be so lucky!)

We have an amazing daughter right now, and would really, REALLY like to have a boy next time. (Of course a healthy baby is our #1 priority, but we plan on stopping at 2 children, and the family name dies with my husband if we don't have a boy to carry it on.)

Ultimately, I know it's the luck of the draw, but does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for "tipping the scale" to our favor? emoticon

Thanks, ladies!

Jenna

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