It's National Baby Making Day & People Are Trying Crazy Stuff to Get Pregnant


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Did you know that January 2 is National Baby Making Day? While the day is only an official holiday in the United Kingdom, it turns out it's also a pretty popular conception time for couples in the US. Sometime over the course of the day, hundreds of thousands of couples will reportedly try their hardest to conceive a child, and some of them are sharing the truly weird things they do to increase their chances.

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According to the UK site Channel Mum, January is the most popular month to conceive a baby, and January 2, in particular, is the day when most people start trying. The site recently conducted a survey that showed thousands of couples will hunker down around 10:36 p.m. tonight (yes, that is actually the average time they try!) to start their baby-making efforts. 

The reason for this is surprisingly practical: Parents want to have September babies who are the oldest in their classes at school. If couples conceive a child on January 2, their expected due date would be September 26. This date, coincidentally, happens to be the most common date of birth in the UK. In the US, the most common birth date isn't far off, with September 16 being the most popular.

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Researchers at University of Toronto, the University of Florida, and Northwestern University actually conducted a study this summer that found that babies born in September are more likely to find academic success once they start school, so the reasoning behind National Baby Making Day makes sense.

But while trying to get pregnant around a certain time isn't all that unusual, the same can't be said for the tips and tricks people are using to increase their odds. Channel Mum surveyed people about the wild methods they use to conceive and found some ... interesting information.

In a survey of 1,500 moms, about 37 percent of them said they increase their chances of getting pregnant by eating dark chocolate every single day, and 32 percent claim to eat pineapples and drink a ton of pineapple juice. Some actually believe that eating pineapple improves the uterine lining and makes you more likely to get pregnant.

But wait -- it gets weirder.

Three percent of respondents say they eat McDonald's french fries immediately after sex (which seems counterintuitive since the usual recommendation is to avoid trans fats when trying to conceive). One percent of women claimed to have their male partners wear frozen underwear, which supposedly helps raise sperm count. And five percent of women shared that they wear green and use green bed sheets when trying to conceive because it's "believed to be a fertile color."

There were also a few tips about the actual sex, with 19 percent of respondents saying they use "reverse psychology," meaning they tell themselves they don't want to have a baby, then have spontaneous sex with their partners. Ten percent of the women interviewed suggested wearing socks during sex (um, okay?).

And six percent of women surveyed say they believe they'll be more likely to get pregnant if they avoid orgasms for a week after sex.

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As for the out-there methods, Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard says that they are mostly brought on by desperation. "Falling pregnant isn't always easy so couples who have been trying a while will attempt almost anything to help," she said. "While there isn't much medical science to back up these tips, our members swear they have all helped and we have hundreds of bouncing new babies to prove it. As long as you have fun trying, it's always worth giving it a go."

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