Is There a 'Best Month' to Get Pregnant?


pregnantYou can't always control when you get pregnant. Most of the time, it's just one of those when it happens, it happens kind of things. But if you could control it, if you could pick when your pregnancy was going to begin, when would you choose? And I'm not talking "what time in life"; I'm talking what time of year, what month.

I ask this because I'm pretty damn sure I know the ideal time.

August. And maybe September. I say this from experience, and from the only pregnancy I've ever intimately known -- my own. I got pregnant in August of this year (in France to boot -- woo-hoo French bebes!). It was planned. Hoped for. Sort of assumed. Partially because we thought it would be a fun story and give our child "cool points" for being conceived in another country. Partially because I had determined that it would be the perfect time of year to get pregnant. And so far, I think I'm right.

Hear me out. No walking around in 90+ degree heat with swollen ankles and 20 extra pounds on you. No having to stay indoors, bundled up, like a hermit when your baby is born -- the two of you can go for walks, sit outside, get a smoothie. And, if you're a working mom-to-be, like myself, dude, you get a portion of the summer off for maternity leave. Not a bad deal. The one thing I thought would be a "problem" was the whole dressing while pregnant in the winter thing (dresses and flip-flops are so easy), but, so far, it's actually been pretty easy, thanks to leggings, jeggings, big t-shirts, and comfy sweaters. 

Of course, planning out when one is going to get pregnant isn't always cut and dried -- and I'm sure there are wonderful things about being pregnant during other months and seasons. But when it's time for baby number two, this gal's going to (try to) stick to August, thankyouverymuch.

When do you think the best time to get pregnant is? When were you pregnant?


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Melis... Melissa042807

I got pregnant in August too! Totally planned. :-) It was a very logical thought process for me. My first pregnancy, I got pregnant in late winter/early spring, spent my 2nd trimester miserable in the summer heat and unable to participate in a lot of fun stuff deemed "dangerous" for pregnant women, and then gave birth on the coldest nastiest snowiest weekend we had that December. 

This time, I wanted to do it different. I wanted to be pregnant during the cooler months, and have the baby before it got hot in the summer. I got my wish! I'm very grateful. And the kids' birthdays won't be too close togther. Which is nice. Longer time between planning birthday parties. :-)

breakmom breakmom

i got pregnant with my first in november... was horribly miserable when summer came and i was in my 3rd trimester. for our next i wana try for july and have a spring baby.

Momma... Momma2blessed

Definitely avoid the summer heat if you're going to time it! I had 2 pregnancies durring 100 degree weather and it's rough! But, on the flip side, flip flops are a gift from above when you can't easily reach your feet to put on socks and shoes! LOL

nonmember avatar jennifer07

I totally agree those months are the best times to get pregnant. those i got pregnant in sept. and had my daughter in may. and i wouldnt have been able to go the hole summer with that heat. my sister got pregnant the same year as me but in dec. and she said it was horriable. and she would make sure with the next one it would be around when i did.

EBee12 EBee12

I got pregnant at the end of March, I thought that was perfect for me. Baby born in January (so not too uncomfortable in the summer and my own little heater in the cold winter months). Then I just sat inside with baby for the first two months and she blossomed with the spring. I'm thinking of doing it again with my 2nd one.

JCKit... JCKitten87

hehe i totally agree i got preg in august and jasmine was born may 23rd right when it started actually getting hot here, the only down fall was our central air was broke so she spent most of her time naked lol but way better than being in my 3rd trimester in 100 degree summers!

Lebel... Lebelle93

I got pregnant in October. Had my son in July. BALLS hot out. It was awful walking around the intense Ny summer heat with a abnormally sized belly with little ol me. So yeah August seems like a great month to give birth. I want my next child in April or so.

LoveM... LoveMyViolet

Agreed, but I would include July. I got pregnant end of July, had her end of April. Perfection.

nonmember avatar Erika

I have to agree, I too got pregnant in August in England :) And so far its been pretty nice, we live in Seattle so its chilly but not too cold and wearing bigger comfortable clothes has been awesome! I think this is the perfect time to be pregnant because you also get all those fun holidays in between where you get gifts for you and baby! Yahoo!!

Bertha21 Bertha21

I got pregnant in April and had my son in January. I thought that was PERFECT! lol my first months were a breeze :) it was nice out and I just wore shorts and a tank. Then, my last trimester I always felt hot but since it was winter I still felt pretty great. Next time I will try getting pregnant in March or April. I never got swollen or anything so that was a huge plus! 

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