Timing is Everything: When to Have Sex for a Baby

If you're looking to increase your chances of conceiving, timing is everything. (Also, some sexy time) Of course, we all know that it's important to have sex regularly if you want to get pregnant, but when can make all the difference. In this article, we'll take a look at the best times to have sex when trying for a baby.

Timing is Everything: When to Have Sex for a Baby

The Menstrual Cycle

Before we dive into the best times to have sex, let's talk about the menstrual cycle. (For those who aren't aware what periods are) For most women, an average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days (but stop! there's no need to panic if yours is longer or shorter). Your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period and ends on the day before your next period starts.


So why is this important? Well (drum roll) - ovulation! Ovulation occurs when one of your ovaries releases an egg that travels down one of your fallopian tubes towards your uterus (aka womb). This usually happens around mid-cycle (around day 14 in a 28-day cycle).

Fun fact: Did you know that sperms can survive in a woman's body for up to five days? This means even if you have sex before ovulating; they could still be hanging around when an egg becomes available!

The Best Times To Have Sex

Now that you understand how menstruation and ovulation work let us determine which days are ideal baby-making ones:

Days Leading Up To Ovulation

The three-five days leading up till ovulation can also be great opportunities as sperm cells should be getting cosy waiting patiently thus fertilising any released eggs once they arrive. Therefore hitting these critical phases helps increase our viable options since sperm cells stay effective within 3-5 days.

Day of Ovulation

While ovulation occurs around mid-cycle, a vital factor to consider is pinpointing which day specifically helps improve our chances Since the egg has just been released, two major factors that contribute are timing and healthy lifestyle choices.

Note: Once you have noticed an egg's release start taking action; wait no longer before getting jiggy with it!

Best Sex Positions for Conception

While this probably sounds like something from Fifty Shades Of Grey (you've read about missionary and doggy-style) there are actually some sex positions can help increase your chances of conceiving:

  1. The Missionary Position: This hits deep in helping sperm travel further to reach their target
  2. The Doggie Style: Though appearing less connected than other options, says Dr Marilyn Glenville (a fertility expert), it makes sure the angles get covered enhancing chances.

Of course, at certain points during your menstrual cycle (namely when you're on your period), having sex may be uncomfortable or even undesirable altogether (I'm not here to judge) quite alright if what works for one person might differ for someone else’s journey.

Other Factors To Take Into Consideration

Bear in mind that these steps only go so far (don't hit pause yet!) - babies don’t come out exactly how we plan always) as several additional factors need recognition such as age fertility health state nutrition and lifestyle habits . Together with being mindful of ovulation timing recommendations proffers plus maintaining a balanced diet sufficient sleep regular exercise intimacy libido optimization rarely hurts; all join forces contributing significant parts towards achieving conception dreams

With the right combination though getting pregnant automatically becomes easier said than done especially considering average fertile couples take almost five months trying while others due over twelve months(no racist intent implied whatsoever). Keep positive attitudes remain hopeful coupled with healthy practices ; should you face challenging periods try remember people conceive every day successfully.


Now we have seen the best times to have sex for a baby: during ovulation and 3-5 days leading up, coupled with optimal lifestyle practices like exercise nutrition sleep healthy habits makes all of it worthwhile. Remember not getting pregnant doesn’t suddenly spell doom; persistence is key. Stay aware whilst remaining mindful and watch miracles transpire!

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