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    When it comes to trying to conceive, couples are often inundated with a barrage of old wives' tales, myths, tips, and tricks that generally aren't backed by clinical research. Regardless, we all want to know whether there are certain sex positions to get pregnant faster.

    "There's no magic way to get the sperm and the egg together and to ensure that happening," says infertility specialist Joshua Hurwitz, MD, OB/GYN with Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT). "There are a lot of urban legends floating around out there that do a disservice to couples, because they feel like they're not doing it right, and that's why they're not getting pregnant."

    Nonetheless, anecdotal evidence -- and yes, even science -- supports trying a few positions before, during, and after sex to set the stage for an easier, and perhaps an even more successful, attempt at getting pregnant. Here, 8 to consider adding to your babymaking repertoire.

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    It’s the number one question on the mind of every mom thinking about having another child: When’s the best time to do it?

    A recent study from the University of Notre Dame found that kids who are at least two years older than their siblings are smarter. And the Mayo Clinic cites some health risks for getting pregnant within 12 months of your last delivery -- there’s a higher risk of placental abruption during the pregnancy and a slightly higher risk of autism in second-born children.

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    If you're trying for a baby, you've probably hit your local pharmacy for a prenatal vitamin. Most OB/GYNs will tell women to start taking these supplements as many as one to three months before they're even pregnant! But which one do you choose? And are they even necessary?

    "I do believe in a high-quality prenatal vitamin for every woman trying to build her family," says reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Josh Hurwitz with Reproductive Endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut. The fact of the matter is that, try as we might, most of us don't get all of the essential nutrients out of our everyday diets, let alone all of the must-haves for a healthy pregnancy, so it's best to take a supplement.

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    Some women will try ANYTHING to increase their odds of getting pregnant, and the latest alleged fertility booster burning up the message boards is this: using raw egg whites as lubricant during sex. Sure, your knee-jerk reaction might be ewww ... but some moms swear this method holds water.

    So ... what do the experts say?

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    If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), you've probably heard it could be tougher to get pregnant. One in 10 women have the condition that can stand in the way of ovulation -- and babymaking.

    But just because it's tough doesn't mean you can't get pregnant with PCOS. If you've been diagnosed, here's a look at what the experts say you can do to up your fertility:

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    Used to be that when you started to think about trying for a baby, you'd do a bit of genetic testing, and maybe get a recommendation on a prenatal vitamin. But preconceptual wellness has come a long way! Whether you want to lay a solid foundation well before whipping out the ovulation calculator or you've been trying to get pregnant for a while, there's more to it than popping a supplement and eating your veggies.

    Nutritionist Carolyn Gundell, who leads the Fertility Nutrition Program at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), works with reproductive endocrinologists to help women lead a more "fertile lifestyle." "Before pregnancy, this can really help patients improve not only their ovulatory function, but optimize their overall health," Gundell says. "And [the message] is let's not just adopt these behaviors to get pregnant, but for life. Because our health is the best gift we can give our children."

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    Whether you're on your first or your fourth, plenty of women subscribe to the belief that babymaking is just as much an art as it is a science. In other words, that certain brilliant strategies could boost your chances of having a boy or a girl, or merely ramp up your odds of making either more quickly.

    While there's validity to some of the most popular conception tips, not all theories are based in, well, fact. And some are downright cockamamie old wives' tales! Here, the truth about babymaking tricks every trying-to-conceive couple should know.

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    Getting pregnant isn't always as easy as it's cracked up to be. A quickie in the backseat of the car doesn't do it for everyone, and that can be frustrating. If you've been trying to get pregnant without success, we've got some tips that could help make conception happen faster.

    Knowing your body's natural rhythm is usually the best place to start. "Simply learning about the monthly cycle and when the optimal time for conception is -- usually between day 8 and 14 of the cycle -- can greatly improve the chances of getting pregnant," explains Jennifer Mayer, certified holistic health coach, birth doula, and co-founder of Baby Caravan in New York.

    At the same time, having the right tools at your fingertips can help you truly determine the most fertile time of your monthly cycle. Here, 7 essentials that a woman should have on hand when trying to conceive ...

    How long have you been trying to conceive? What "tools" have you tried?

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    If there was any doubt over whether or not she and Tyler Baltierra are serious about trying to have another baby, the fact that Catelynn Lowell is quitting smoking should convince you she's ready to be a mom.

    Yep. She's kicked the cancer sticks to the curb, people. And while some may take this as an indication that she's already expecting, she could also simply be trying to make her body as healthy as possible to increase the chances of conceiving.

    Oh, and since most women also don't even realize they're preggo until around the four-week mark, it's probably a good idea for her to give up the cigs now so she doesn't wind up smoking while pregnant and not even knowing it.

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    Remember on Friends when Monica and Chandler left Phoebe's birthday dinner to go have some "time alone" because it was high-time in her ovulation cycle? Well the story is true, people! Planning a pregnancy takes a lot of work and some very exact measurements, but with the help of an accurate and easy-to-use online ovulation calculator, women who are trying to conceive can figure out the best days to make a baby.

    Along with a healthy lifestyle and one of these ovulation calendars, you can easily find your fertile window and plan a baby-making session with your partner. Good luck!

    How long have you been trying to conceive? Have you tried an ovulation calculator yet?

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