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There is one universally agreed upon baby-delayer - stress. Research into fertility and sterility shows that couples with high levels of stress are significantly less likely to conceive than those without.

So why not go on a baby-making break? A conceptionmoon is a vacation which a couple goes away on with the aim of conceiving a baby. It seems that getting away and leaving things behind for a weekend or so of relaxation can greatly increase your chances of creating a baby.

In fact, a survey showed 4 out of 10 couples reported their conceptionmoon to be a great success. A conceptionmoon aims at helping the couple relax, strengthen their relationship and make the conception experience a special one.

One success case Linda* tells us, “My husband is a workaholic and my day is devoted to my daughter. The window of ovulation is already so short. With all these factors, conceiving while at home just seemed impossible. So we took a conceptionmoon. And now I’m eagerly expecting my baby boy.”

Getaway for two, come back as three

The choice of destination is important. Some agencies or hotels offer special conceptionmoon packages tailored to create the perfect setting for some powerful babymaking.

You don’t necessarily need to choose somewhere expensive or overly exotic. What you need to consider is what you as a couple term as relaxation. Agreeing on the destination is essential, as the key is for both of you to enjoy the experience.

But more important than where is the question of when to go.

Time it right

Pick dates when you’re likely to be ovulating. There are several methods that can help you chart this timing to your best advantage.

Count your days

Figure out when your next period is due to begin and count back 12 to 16 days. For women with a 28-day cycle, the 14th day is often the day of ovulation.

You must at least know how long your cycle usually lasts. Ovulation calendars are available online to help you with that.

Listen to the BBC BBT

Following ovulation, your temperature can increase by 0.4 to 1.0 degrees. You won’t feel it, but you can detect it by making a basal body temperature (BBT) chart.

This temperature spike indicates that you’ve ovulated, because releasing an egg stimulates the production of the hormone progesterone, which raises body temperature. You’re most likely fertile in the two or three days before your temperature hits its high point.

The problem with the BBT is that you have to chart it for a few months and spot a pattern in your cycle before you can use it to predict when you’re most fertile. Once the pattern is established, you can plan to have sex during the two to three days preceding the day your temperature normally rises.

And how can you increase your odds and get the timing as detailed as possible? You can try:

Clear your mind mucus

As your cycle progresses, your body’s cervical mucus increases in volume and changes texture in preparation for letting sperm through the cervix and reflects your body’s rising levels of estrogen.

Fertility is indicated when the mucus becomes clear, slippery, and stretchy, much like raw egg whites.

Nail it down to a T…
er, a C..

It is becoming increasingly to use an ovulation predictor kit. This option may cost you extra but it is also accurate and easy to use.

Readily available in stores, ovulation predictor kits detect the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine just before ovulation. They also can predict ovulation 12 to 36 hours in advance and help you maximise your chance of conception from the very first time you use it.

Bring the love

Lastly, of course, don’t forget that the most important element in creating a child together is you, the couple. You are the Yin and Yang. The fork, the spoon. The cup of tea and the stirrer.

Focus not on the process or the act but on the chemistry between the both of you. You can take this time to rediscover each other. Relight your passion and take joy in the fact that both of you intend to bring a child together in this world.
And we hope you’ll enjoy the babymoon – that comes right after the conceptionmoon! LWB

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