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Baby-making Skills: Boost Your Chances Of Conceiving

Baby-making Skills: Boost Your Chances Of Conceiving

When it comes to baby-making logistics, the how, how often and how long for suddenly move to the top of your need-to-know list. But, there’s no need to panic. You won’t be needing that Karma Sutra just yet…

Is there a good time of day to have sex?

Not when it comes to actually conceiving, although your partner may prefer mornings.

‘Men often get erections during the night and then wake up with one, so take advantage of the opportunity,’ says midwife and fertility expert Zita West.

Are some sex positions better than others?

If he suddenly 'read somewhere' that his favourite position is the optimum one for making a baby, he’s pulling a fast one. ‘Position doesn’t matter,’ assures Zita.

‘The most important thing is that you’re both relaxed and enjoying the passion, which gets the hormones surging.’


What about afterwards?

Sitting upside down with your legs in the air isn’t necessary, but try to avoid your usual quick trip to the loo as soon as the deed’s done.

‘Lie flat on the bed for between 15 and 20 minutes to give the sperm time to travel and get to work,’ says Zita.

How many times a week should you be having sex?

The most important thing is regularity. ‘I’d say aim for around three times a week,’ says Zita.

‘The idea is that you’re keeping his sperm flowing and giving it an outlet, which is important for keeping it healthy.’

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