A new study by the UK's prestigious Oxford University has found a link between being stressed when you're trying to conceive and giving birth to a baby girl. 338 women who were attempting to conceive were enrolled in the research and asked to keep a diary about their day-to-day life. They were also asked to fill out stress surveys and had their cortisol levels — the hormone released by your body in response to stress — tested over a six month period. Of the 61 percent who became pregnant during the research, 72 had girls, but of the 50 percent of women with the highest cortisol levels, "the research showed they were up to 75 per cent less likely to have a boy." While some experts, such as Dr Allan Pacey, say that there is "no sure-fire way to influence the sex of a baby," it certainly brings new meaning to remaining calm throughout your pregnancy — especially if you'd like a baby boy! What do you think about the findings?
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