Making a baby: how many times does it take?

Have you reached that point in your life when you are ready to hear the pitter patter of little feet? Making a baby is serious business. While some couples seem to get pregnant on the first attempt, others can spend what feels like forever trying. Despite the fun in doing so, it can get frustrating. So, what you need to know is that according to a new study, there’s an actual number of times it takes a couple to get pregnant.

On average, couples have sex 78 times from the time they decide to start trying to the time they get a positive sign on a pregnancy test. Those 78 times are spread over 158 days, or about 6 months.

After a survey made by ChannelMum.com, a parenting site, it was discovered that most couples have sex 13 times per month when trying to conceive. Although this may sound like 13 times the excitement, there are certain anxieties that come with trying to become parents. Eighteen percent of men and women said that sex while trying to conceive sometimes felt like a chore. Another 43 percent felt pressure to conceive and a fear that they wouldn’t be able to.

Some people think conception depends on your position as well. ChannelMum.com found that the most popular position is missionary (used by three-quarters of couples) followed by doggy style (used by 36 percent of couples). Other couples think pregnancy happens based on a woman’s cycle, with half of women trying to time sex to fertile days, and 39 percent improving their diet and taking extra vitamins.

Once you make up your mind to start a family, waiting for your body to catch up can be frustrating. Luckily, there’s plenty of advice out there.

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