Woman overdoses on kelp in a desperate bid to have a baby boy

By Kirstin Buick
18 May 2016

Eat more fruit, less meat, as many pickles as you can – we've all heard the old wives' tales about what expecting moms should be munching on to guarantee the sex of their baby.

Eat more fruit, less meat, as many pickles as you can – we've all heard the old wives' tales about what expecting moms should be munching on to guarantee the sex of their baby.

Most would put any stock in them.

Unlike a 36-year-old woman from Wuhan, China.

The woman, known only by her surname, Liu, read online that a diet high in that a diet consisting of alkalescent food such as kelp and marine algae a month before conception will ensure the baby is a boy, Mashable reports.

Liu already has a six-year-old daughter with her husband, and since China now allows parents to have two children, she wanted to have a son to continue the family name.

But after two weeks on her kelp diet, Liu started sweating excessively and getting heart palpitations.

Her husband eventually took her to the hospital, where doctors diagnosed her with hyperthyroidism.

According to a doctor from New River Hospital in Hubei, excessive iodine consumption -- from an iodone-rich source like kelp, could cause the autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid gland, China's The People's Internet reports.

While the condition can affect a woman's fertility, Liu's was caught early enough to treat.

The moral of the story? Dubious online sources are not the best place to seek health advice. Especially since there is no evidence that what a prospective mom eats can influence the gender of her baby, whether she's already pregnant or not.

Sources: Mashable, Refinery, People's Internet China

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