Trying for a baby? Go alfresco

27 January 2010


A new survey, carried out by the Baby Show, has found, of the babies due to be born in 2010 nearly half were conceived outside the bedroom – in public spaces, in the great outdoors. Ten percent were conceived in cars.

And it seems relaxation can be a factor. Most babies were conceived on a Saturday, between 6 and 10pm. But Mondays have proved not so fertile – less then 9 % of 2010’s tots were conceived on that day. And holidays were a hotbed of conception, with 10 % of babies conceived in foreign countries.

This fits with a study out earlier this year, which found ‘gourmet sex’ improves a woman’s chances of conceiving. Remember those wild sexual exploits of your honeymoon period? When trying for a baby, you’ve got to relight that fire, as passion increases your chances of success.

Now for the science bit… A normal man produces 250 million sperm during sex. But, at the height of passion, this number can increase by 50%. Add to this the fact that the stronger the women’s orgasm, the greater the chance of the sperm reaching the egg.

'Couples who are trying to have a baby often mention that the sex becomes a bit of a chore, a bit mechanical and routine. That's the wrong thing to be doing,' said Dr Allan Pacey, secretary of the British Fertility Foundation, 'The sex should be as wild and thrilling as it was when they first met, when they weren't thinking about babies to give them the maximum possible chance of having one.’

Some couples might say, that’s easier said then done when you’ve been married a decade and after a ten hour day would rather get in your pyjamas then find a field to romp in. But we can’t argue with the stats… So, forget the advice granny gave you; post-coitus handstands, waiting for a quarter moon and the tightness of your partners briefs, if you want a (hot cross) bun in the oven by Easter, get out of the bedroom and go alfresco…

Or, do you think this is just another old wives tale?


The Baby Show is held from the 19-21 February, at the ExCeL centre, London.


By Amy Molloy


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