Why It May Be More Likely You'll Conceive Over The Holiday Season

If you've been trying to conceive recently, science may be on your side soon. A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that November and December are the two most successful months for couples in North America trying to conceive. While most people try to conceive beginning in September, they often see success in late November and early December. This is especially true for people living in Southern US states.

"There are a lot of studies out there that look at seasonal patterns in births, but these studies don't take into account when couples start trying, how long they take to conceive, or how long their pregnancies last," said the study's lead author Amelia Wesselink, a BU School of Public Health postdoctoral associate in epidemiology. The study authors believe there are several reasons for people wanting to have children in the summer, including avoiding being pregnant while it's hot outside and enjoying more flexible summer hours for maternity leave.

A previous study from 2001 found similar data regarding more pregnancies in the winter. This data was also supported by the fact that men produce higher-quality sperm in the winter and women create a better environment for the egg during these months.

Can you boost your fertility?

If you are hoping to get pregnant soon, you've probably wondered if there is anything you can do to increase your chances. There are things you can do to boost your fertility. Your lifestyle choices play a big role in your overall health and well-being, and that includes your fertility. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, managing stress, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco can all help improve your chances of conceiving (via Mayo Clinic). Some specific dietary changes may also help. For example, increasing your intake of folate (a water-soluble vitamin found in leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fortified foods) can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine, according to Healthline.

Exercise is good for your overall health and can help reduce stress, which can impact fertility, but too much exercise can actually have the opposite effect. Moderate exercise is best if you're trying to conceive. Managing stress is also important for your overall health, but it can also impact fertility. There are many different ways to manage stress, including yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. If you are concerned about your fertility or want to know more about getting pregnant, speak with your doctor.